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'The Weird Al Show': The Complete Oral History

'The Weird Al Show': The Complete Oral History
Al Yankovic can be described in a lot of ways besides "Weird." Most people know that he's a chart-topping singer-songwriter, a director-producer, a top-notch parodist, an author and a die-hard polka enthusiast. Even those who have followed his career closely, however, may have forgotten he was, for a brief moment, the host of a short-lived children's television show.

The Weird Al Show debuted on CBS on September 13, 1997 as part of their Saturday morning lineup. Each episode began with the all important "today's lesson" before viewers were invited into Yankovic's underground
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Florence Henderson Remembered: Big-Hearted, a Little Bawdy and Incredibly Talented

Florence Henderson Remembered: Big-Hearted, a Little Bawdy and Incredibly Talented
Florence Henderson loved playing Carol Brady. She respected what the chipper “The Brady Bunch” matriarch represented to millions of fans. But she was not Carol Brady.

Henderson, the actress and singer who died unexpectedly on Nov. 24 at the age of 82, was a fun-loving person endowed with a bawdy sense of humor.

“She loved raucous behavior,” said Lloyd Schwartz, producer and son of “Brady Bunch” creator Sherwood Schwartz. “She would always be palling around with the guys, and she could give as good as she got, in such a great way.”

At the same time, Henderson was a motherly presence to the six youthful stars of the series. She was beloved by the entire “Brady” company for being a consummate pro with a gigantic heart. She commanded respect for forging a showbiz career after a hardscrabble upbringing in Kentucky, where she was the 10th child in a family of 10.

“If you needed anything, she
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Barry Williams on TV Mom Florence Henderson: ‘That Lovely Lady Was the Real Deal’

Barry Williams on TV Mom Florence Henderson: ‘That Lovely Lady Was the Real Deal’
Barry Williams has fond memories of his late television mother, Florence Henderson, and believes that “she is a light that will shine for a long time.”

On Thursday, Williams said goodbye to his Brady Bunch costar, who died at the age of 82 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering heart failure.

The actor, 62, played the TV family’s oldest sibling — Greg Brady — for five seasons on the 1969 sitcom. Since wrapping his role as Carol Brady’s son on the family comedy in 1974, Williams stayed in touch with his on-screen mother, whom he considered to be “many things: a mom,
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How Florence Henderson Became Carol Brady Despite Initially Passing on The Brady Bunch

How Florence Henderson Became Carol Brady Despite Initially Passing on The Brady Bunch
Florence Henderson was known for her iconic role as everyone’s favorite TV mom, Carol Brady, on The Brady Bunch — but the star, who died Thursday at the age of 82, didn’t initially want to audition for the part.

Prior to scoring the leading role that would propel her to international stardom on the 1969 sitcom, Henderson had a successful career on the Broadway stage — appearing in Wish You Were Here (1952), Fanny (1954), The Girl Who Came to Supper (1963) and South Pacific (1967).

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts graduate was living in New York City when the audition for The Brady Bunch
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Florence Henderson Dies: See Her Career in Photos, From ‘The Brady Bunch’ to ‘Shakes the Clown’

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Florence Henderson Dies: See Her Career in Photos, From ‘The Brady Bunch’ to ‘Shakes the Clown’
The Brady Bunch” matriarch Florence Henderson, quite possibly the most beloved TV mom for a generation of viewers, died Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 82.

According to the Associated Press, Henderson died Thanksgiving night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after being hospitalized the day before. Her manager to the news service that Henderson had suffered heart failure, and that family and friends had surrounded Henderson’s hospital bedside.

Read More: Sherwood Schwartz, “Poison” Investor: How the “Brady Bunch” Creator Became an Indie Film Hero

Henderson had just been seen earlier this week on “Dancing with the Stars,” offering support to fellow “Brady Bunch” star Maureen McCormick, who was a contestant on the competition series this season. (Henderson similarly competed on the show in 2010.)

Henderson was best known for playing Carol Brady on “The Brady Bunch” and its several reincarnations (and TV movies) over the years. But her expansive
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Florence Henderson, ‘Brady Bunch’ Mom and TV Icon, Dies at 82

Florence Henderson, ‘Brady Bunch’ Mom and TV Icon, Dies at 82
Florence Henderson, the actress who defined the television mom of the modern era with her starring role in “The Brady Bunch,” died Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 82.

Henderson’s manager, Kayla Pressman, confirmed the actress died on Thanksgiving night surrounded by family and friends. She’d been hospitalized the day before.

“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our dear mother Florence Henderson from heart failure,” said Henderson’s family in a statement. “On this day of thanks, our beloved mother was surrounded by her devoted children and dearest friends. We thank all of her fans for their many years of love and ask that we be allowed to grieve in private.”

Henderson seen was on camera as recently as Monday when she attended the taping of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Her one-time TV daughter, Maureen McCormick of “Brady Bunch” fame, was a contestant on the show this season
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“The Gilligan Manifesto” Up For Grabs At 2016 Afm

Writer-director Cevin Soling's highly anticipated documentary, The Gilligan Manifesto, is among Showcase Entertainment's newest documentaries on the roster at this year's Afm. Just one year after the Cuban Missile Crisis, radio and television writer Sherwood Schwartz began filming his comedy classic Gilligan's Island, which depicts seven Americans shipwrecked on a deserted island. Soling’s film reveals that this seemingly innocuous sitcom was actually an analogue for a post-apocalyptic world where survivors had to rebuild civilization as this was a major concern during the Cold War where many families had fallout shelters in their homes. What is even more shocking is that the society the castaways create is founded on Marxist Communism. Soling’s revelation was published in the prestigious academic journal, Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture....

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Was "Gilligans Island" an ode to Karl Marx and Communism?

Writer-Director Cevin Soling’s highly anticipated documentary, The Gilligan Manifesto, will be the Saturday night presentation at the La Femme International Film Festival on Oct. 22 at 6 pm at Laemmle’s Music Hall Theater Venue 2 in Beverly Hills. Just one year after the Cuban Missile Crisis, radio and television writer Sherwood Schwartz began filming his comedy classic Gilligan's Island, which depicts seven Americans shipwrecked on a deserted island. Soling’s film reveals that this seemingly innocuous sitcom was actually an analogue for a post-apocalyptic world where survivors had to rebuild civilization as this was a major concern during the Cold War where many families had fallout shelters in their homes. What is even more shocking is that the society the castaways create is founded on Marxist...

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‘All in the Family,’ ‘Maude’ Writer Austin Kalish Dies at 95

‘All in the Family,’ ‘Maude’ Writer Austin Kalish Dies at 95
Prolific comedy writer Austin Kalish, who with his wife Irma wrote landmark episodes of “Maude” and “All in the Family,” as well as the pilot for “Gilligan’s Island,” died early Wednesday. He was 95.

Kalish’s son, writer-producer Bruce Kalish, confirmed his death in a Facebook post Thursday. “He squeezed every bit of life he had out of his 95 years here on this planet,” Bruce Kalish wrote. “You may not have known him but you watched his shows.”

Austin “Rocky” Kalish and Irma Kalish wrote one of the most talked-about episodes of comedy in primetime history, the 1973 “Maude’s Choice” episode of the Bea Arthur comedy in which the titular character wrestles with the decision to have an abortion after an unexpected pregnancy. Airing in the same year that the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, the episode brought the polarizing issue squarely into America’s living rooms.

The
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Iconic Brady Bunch House in California Ransacked by Burglars: Police

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Iconic Brady Bunch House in California Ransacked by Burglars: Police
The shag carpets and the orange countertops are long gone, but the iconic California house made famous on the hit 1970s sitcom, The Brady Bunch remains - and was the target of a recent break-in, police confirm to People. On Wednesday at 10:28 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to a call of a break-in at 11222 Dilling Street in Studio City, California, which was used for exterior shots for the classic sitcom, which ran on ABC from 1969 to 1974. Unknown intruders allegedly smashed the glass of a rear sliding door to gain entry, police say, adding that they ransacked
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Iconic Brady Bunch House in California Ransacked by Burglars: Police

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Iconic Brady Bunch House in California Ransacked by Burglars: Police
The shag carpets and the orange countertops are long gone, but the iconic California house made famous on the hit 1970s sitcom, The Brady Bunch remains - and was the target of a recent break-in, police confirm to People. On Wednesday at 10:28 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to a call of a break-in at 11222 Dilling Street in Studio City, California, which was used for exterior shots for the classic sitcom, which ran on ABC from 1969 to 1974. Unknown intruders allegedly smashed the glass of a rear sliding door to gain entry, police say, adding that they ransacked
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CBS Creating Stage Shows Based on ‘Brady Bunch,’ More

Theater audiences will soon get to see the story of what happens when a lovely lady meets a man named Brady.

CBS Consumer Products has partnered with creator Sherwood Schwartz’s family on a comedic musical stage show based on his sitcom “The Brady Bunch.” The play will feature a new story, but will still focus on the original characters from the sitcom about a happy band of stepsiblings and their newly married parents. Schwartz’s children, Lloyd J. Schwartz and Hope Juber, wrote the book. Juper wrote the music with her husband, Wings guitarist Laurence Juber. Production dates are not yet available.

CBS is also bellying up to the bar for “Cheers Live on Stage,” a stage production that will showcase classic moments from the long-running sitcom that starred Ted Danson as often-troubled Boston bar owner Sam Malone. Stageworks Media is developing the production, which will be produced and
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Warner Bros. Slams “Unauthorized” ‘Gilligan’s Island’ Copyright Lawsuit

“There is no merit to this lawsuit,” said Warner Bros today in response to a copyright infringement lawsuit over a potential big screen Gilligan’s Island reboot. “Not only does the plaintiff have no rights in an unauthorized work based on the Gilligan property, the project he’s suing over never went forward.” The plaintiff in question is Travis Dunson, who hit the studio with a multi-claim complaint in federal court in Georgia earlier this week (read it here).

The seemingly creditless Dunson is alleging that WB lifted elements of his 1999 script Gilligan’s Island: 7 Stranded Castaways From The Hood for an adaption of the classic 60s CBS TV series. WB announced last December that they would be making a new Gilligan’s Island with Josh Gad. In his lawsuit, Dunson wants the new Gilligan shut down and he wants wide ranging unspecified damages – though it is unclear if it is the Gad,
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Ann B. Davis, Alice on ‘Brady Bunch,’ Dies at 88

Ann B. Davis, Alice on ‘Brady Bunch,’ Dies at 88
Ann B. Davis, known for her role as the beloved housekeeper on “The Brady Bunch,” died Sunday in San Antonio, Texas. She was 88.

Davis fell and hit her head in the bathtub on Saturday, causing a subdural hematoma, and never regained consciousness.

Davis was a favorite of “The Brady Bunch” as Alice, the often comedic housekeeper that lived with the iconic TV family. The ABC show, created by Sherwood Schwartz, ran from 1969-74 and would go on to spawn several movies and a spinoff series.

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The show followed the large Brady family, played by Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland, Eve Plumb and Susan Olsen.

“I made up a background story. I did have a twin sister, so I used that as a basis,” Davis said of the role in a 2004 interview
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Ann B. Davis Dead: 'Brady Bunch' Actress Dies at 88

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Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer

Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, who became the country's favorite and most famous housekeeper as the devoted Alice Nelson of "The Brady Bunch," died Sunday at a San Antonio hospital. She was 88.

Bexar County, Texas, medical examiner's investigator Sara Horne said Davis died Sunday morning at University Hospital. Horne said no cause of death was available and that an autopsy was planned Monday.

Bill Frey, a retired bishop and a longtime friend of Davis, said she suffered a fall Saturday at her San Antonio home and never recovered. Frey said Davis had lived with him and his wife, Barbara, since 1976.

More than a decade before scoring as the Bradys' loyal Alice, Davis was the razor-tongued secretary on another stalwart TV sitcom, "The Bob Cummings Show," which brought her two Emmys. Over the years, she also appeared on Broadway and in occasional movies.

Davis considered her ordinary look an asset.
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Murder in Paradise in The Galapagos Affair

Murder in Paradise in The Galapagos Affair
At first, before the murders, the story might sound like some nihilistic last-century tropical sitcom, what Sherwood Schwartz would have come up with if he'd been into Nietzsche. In 1929, German physician Friedrich Ritter, brain aflame with the promise of the superman, convinced his lover, Dore Strauch, to abandon Berlin in favor of a life of solitude, labor, and the triumphing of their wills. Their destination: the Galapagos Islands, specifically the unpopulated rock of Floreana, 60 miles from the nearest settlement. They had a fine time at first, as we see in the glorious home-movie footage that makes Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller's absorbing, suspenseful documentary The Galapagos Affair so pleasurable and so disquieting. At the birthplace of Darwinism, we witness human potent...
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Russell Johnson, Professor on ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ Dies at 89

Russell Johnson, Professor on ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ Dies at 89
Russell Johnson, who was best known as the Professor on “Gilligan’s Island,” died Thursday in Washington state of kidney failure, according to his longtime agent Michael Eisenstadt. He was 89.

From the 1950s through the 1980s, he guest-starred on numerous TV shows including “Twilight Zone,” “Lassie,” “Lou Grant,” “Dynasty” and “Alf.” But Professor Roy Hinkley on “Gilligan’s Island” was his most indelible role on the show that ran from 1964 to 1967.

His character was basically the straight man to the kooky cast of characters marooned on the island. “Gilligan’s Island” creator Sherwood Schwartz once described the character: “Very often the Professor is the one who prevents the rest of the group from taking rash actions. The others look to him and his great store of scientific knowledge, especially as it might affect their possibility of rescue.”

“Gilligan’s Island” had only a short run in primetime but has lived on in reruns for decades.
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'.Gilligan's Island'. Movie Starring & Written By Josh Gad In The Works

Josh Gad plans on co-writing and starring in a movie adaptation of 60s TV show Gilligan’s Island.

Josh Gad Making 'Gilligan's Island' Movie

Gad will get help on the script with 1600 Penn’s Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez. Producing the film will be Gilligan’s Island show creator Sherwood Schwartz’s two sons – Lloyd Schwartz and Ross Schwartz.

While Gad will definitely have a part in the movie, it has yet to be announced which character the actor will take on.

The original Gilligan’s Island premiered in 1964 and followed a group of seven men and women who were stranded out at sea on an unknown island after getting shipwrecked in a storm. The survivors of the S.S. Minnow – Gilligan (Bob Denver), The Skipper (Alan Hale, Jr.), Thurston Howell III (Jim Backus), Lovey Howell (Natalie Schafer), Ginger Grant (Tina Louise), Professor Roy Hinkley (Russell Johnson) and
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Josh Gad cast in Warner Brother's 'Gilligan's Island'

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Josh Gad cast in Warner Brother's 'Gilligan's Island'
(Cbr) Josh Gad, who’s been praised for his performances in Disney’s "Frozen" and the Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon", will star in "Gilligan’s Island", the Warner Bros. adaptation of the 1960s sitcom. Deadline reports he’ll write the script with Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez, who worked on the canceled NBC comedy "1600 Penn", which Gad co-created. There’s no indication yet which character the actor will play, but the website suggests both Gilligan and the Skipper are possibilities. Created by Sherwood Schwartz, "Gilligan’s Island" originally aired on CBS for just three seasons, from 1964 to 1967, but the castaways of the...
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Josh Gad Rescues Gilligan's Island

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Update: I like to include the dates of when movies First get announced they are getting made so we can all keep track of just how long it can take. In this case, I'm friends wtih the Schwatz family and so I know from their accounts how painfully long it takes for things to get going...but now, Gilligan's Island the movie is finally getting going! Josh Gad, he who made Olaf the most lovable snowman ever, will star and co-write the script. It would Seem that he would play Gilligan, right, even though Gilligan's lanky body was part of the joke and Gad isn't "lanky." Small details! If Tom Cruise can play Jack Reacher, a character known to be a 6'6" blonde, and Daniel Craig can play James Bond, who Ian Fleming wrote as having a dark face with a 3-inch scar running down his cheek, well then, Gilligan can be a little chubby!
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