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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sherwood Schwartz, R.I.P.

Yes, I'll admit it, I am a fan of "The Brady Bunch" and "Gilligan's Island." So it was sad to hear Tuesday about the passing of Sherwood Schwartz, who created both of the classic TV shows.

Florence Henderson, left, and Dawn Wells, who starred in
"The Brady Bunch" and "Gilligan's Island" respectively, kiss
show creator Sherwood Schwartz when he received a star on
the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2008.
AP Photo

Yeah, the shows are corny and yes, I still laugh at every episode. And I think I  watched every re-incarnation of "The Brady Bunch" that came along since the initial show ended in 1974.

Not only did Schwartz create and produce the two shows, but he also wrote the theme songs that are hard to get out of anyone's head.

In an Associated Press story on his death, here's what Schwartz said about his shows relying on cheap laughs:

"I think writers have become hypnotized by the number of jokes on the page at the expense of character," Schwartz said in a 2000 Associated Press interview.

"When you say the name Gilligan, you know who that is. If a show is good, if it's written well, you should be able to erase the names of the characters saying the lines and still be able to know who said it. If you can't do that, the show will fail."

Thanks, Sherwood, for giving us TV fans years of laughter that will live on forever.

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