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As Schwartz looked to the future of his comedy, he doesn’t think twice about reflecting on his days working alongside his late father on “ゆかいなブレディー,” から放映された 1969 まで 1974. Schwartz spoke to Fox News Digital about what it was like bringing the sitcom 草の根グループは、ウクライナとのクレムリン戦争についての意見を変えるために何百万人ものロシア人を呼ぶことを目指しています, which castmate he bonded with and which rumor he’s eager to put to rest.

Brady Bunch producer and writer Lloyd Schwartz (L) and former cast member Susan Olsen, who played Cindy Brady.

Brady Bunch producer and writer Lloyd Schwartz (L) and former cast member Susan Olsen, who played Cindy Brady. (ゲッティイメージズ)

フォックス・ニュース: Your father createdThe Brady Bunch.What was it like working on a show like that one?
Lloyd Schwartz: I started working on that from the very beginning, including all the TV movies and feature films. It just keeps going. I’ve done a lot of television, but this is the thing that has bonded all of us, including the audience.

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フォックス・ニュース: What was your initial impression of theBrady Bunch” キャスト?
Schwartz: I was brought in as a dialogue coach for the six kids. I saw myself as an uncle to them because I was not that different than them, age-wise. 私は 22, and Barry [ウィリアムズ] だった 14 または 15. I really liked Florence [ヘンダーソン], and I really liked Carol Brady — those were two completely different women. Florence’s maternal side was very much of Mrs. ブレイディ, but she also had this very funny, bawdy side that was just great.

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左から: Barry Williams, Eve Plumb, Maureen McCormack, Christopher Knight, Susan Olsen and Mike Lookinland.

左から: Barry Williams, Eve Plumb, Maureen McCormack, Christopher Knight, Susan Olsen and Mike Lookinland. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

フォックス・ニュース: Whom did you bond with the most?
Schwartz: Ann and I became very close. When she left, she basically left the business and moved out of town. But we remained very good friends. Her birthday was May 3. Mine is May 2. So she would always call me on my birthday, and we would have these long conversations. Then I would call her on her birthday, and we didn’t have much to say. So I started calling her on May 1. She figured it out and started calling me on April 30. It just became a game. But that was Ann. Very funny and kind. She was the real deal.

I’m still close with all of the kids. I identified the most with Christopher Knight because there were three boys in my family, and I too was the middle one. So it was fun having someone to identify with on television. But we all remained very close over the years.

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フォックス・ニュース: Was there someone who, maybe wasn’t difficult, but perhaps wanted to do things differently than what was expected of them?
Schwartz: I know that we had creative differences with Robert. He wanted the show to be more grounded. He was a serious actor, and this was a comedy, a sitcom. So he would resist that. But I think in the end, we ended up with a good compromise. He wanted to portray himself as a strong father figure, and we gave him the space to do that. And people reacted very positively to that.

Florence Henderson as Carol Brady and Robert Reed as Mike Brady.

Florence Henderson as Carol Brady and Robert Reed as Mike Brady. ([object Window])

フォックス・ニュース: What’s your favorite memory from your time bringing the show to life?
Schwartz: I remember we did this one episode where there was a slumber party. It was supposed to be for the girls. And as we were creating the show, we thought, “That’s a good storyline for the girls, but what are the boys going to do?” I came up with the idea of the boys wanting to mess up the slumber party with pranks.

I remember I went out for coffee, and there was a family in a booth next to me discussing theBrady Bunch.The boys were like, “Our sister’s having a party. Why don’t we mess it up?” Like the boys did in the show. そして私は思った, “ワオ, this is a conversation happening all over the country with siblings.And I think that’s what makes the show so popular, 今日でも. It’s been a touchstone for several generations. People can identify with it. They remember things from their childhood. It’s a good feeling to have.

フォックス・ニュース: What’s a fun fact about “ゆかいなブレディー” that would surprise fans today?
Schwartz: That’s a hard one because fans seem to know everything. Are there any secrets left? 上手, one fact that I can share is that the show didn’t start off as being popular. When it ran originally, there never really was a high rating for the show. We would always wonder if the show would get renewed or killed. It took time for kids to watch it and want to watch more episodes. It wasn’t an instant hit like many people think it was.

Lloyd Schwartz said he had a close friendship with Ann B. デイビス, who played Alice in ‘The Brady Bunch'. The actress passed away in 2014 年齢で 88.

Lloyd Schwartz said he had a close friendship with Ann B. デイビス, who played Alice in ‘The Brady Bunch’. The actress passed away in 2014 年齢で 88. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images)

There’s an episode where Bobby had a dream, and he meets some Martians from outer space. A lot of people thought they were kids. They were Frankie and Sadie Delfino, a married couple of little people. They both played Munchkins inThe Wizard of Oz.They were with us all the time. Child actors, like adult actors, need stand-ins, but they can only work a certain amount of hours. They were great because they didn’t have to go to school, and they were like family. They were a fantastic husband and wife team on set.

フォックス・ニュース: There have been many rumors about “ゆかいなブレディー” キャスト. Which one stood out to you the most over the years? What was the reality?
Schwartz: There have always been rumors about Barry and Florence having a date or affair, depending on who you ask. It was all smoke and mirrors. サムハントの妻ハンナファウラーは、彼女が提出した同じ日に離婚の申し立てを取り下げました, Barry was interested in music, Florence was married with four kids. Barry’s dad drove them to see this singer. その後, dad drove them home, and she kissed him on the cheek. That was the extent of the so-called affair between Barry and Florence.

The story resurfaced after Barry’s book came out. I remember Florence called me and said, “ええと, there’s a thing in Barry’s book.I told her, “番号, don’t worry Florence, nobody’s going to think much of it.I was very wrong.

Florence Henderson, seen here with Barry Williams (左) and Christopher Knight (正しい), で亡くなりました 2016 年齢で 82.

Florence Henderson, seen here with Barry Williams (左) and Christopher Knight (正しい), で亡くなりました 2016 年齢で 82. (Gabe Ginsberg / FilmMagicによる写真)

Right around the time Florence passed away, we were talking about maybe developing a show where Mike Brady passed away, and she started to date one of Greg Brady’s friends seriously. We thought it would have been very interesting to go in that direction. I remember I called her, and she was very excited about it. 悲しいことに, we never got around to it.

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フォックス・ニュース: What’s your relationship like with the rest of the “ブレイディ” 子供.
Schwartz: Close. We’re very close. I see them about three, four times a year. We always support each other’s projects. And I still feel like I’m an uncle to them. And whenever we get together, we fall back immediately into that understanding we had that led to this journey. They’re family. I go to their weddings. I’ve met all of their husbands and wives. The show has bonded us. We’re family.

フォックス・ニュース: Where did you get the idea forClassic Couples Counseling?”
Schwartz: I was in therapy because I was a little mixed up. But I started to think about other characters who are mixed up in life. And I realized the Shakespearean characters are pretty mixed up. And the idea came from that. It’s a comedy. It’s a mess, but it’s very funny. And you don’t need to know Shakespeare forward or backward to relate. But for those who love Shakespeare, there are little moments that ring true — ones they will appreciate.

Robert Reed (センター) で亡くなりました 1992 年齢で 59.

Robert Reed (センター) で亡くなりました 1992 年齢で 59. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images)

フォックス・ニュース: You’re known for your television work, so why do a play like this one?
Schwartz: It’s interesting, I started with television, as opposed to most people who start in theater. But I’ve done a lot of plays, and I truly had a great time with these Shakespeare characters who are seen in a different light. I was able to write things down and get them out of the way. It’s a different kind of writing for me where I take characters that are very well known, people who have been examined in several ways, but not in this particular way. I think they’re so deep and loose and have so much to offer. And they have their own set of issues.

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