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My latest NPR appearance: Tribute to Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island creator Sherwood Schwartz



sherwood-schwartz-615-1310493793.jpgWe have reached an unfortunate moment, where titans of early TV have begun to leave us.

Sherwood Schwartz, the energetic showman who built classic TV schlock like Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch, is the latest innovator to pass on too soon; he died today after being hospitalized with an infection at age 94.

Schwartz, a writer for early TV and radio shows such as The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and The Bob Hope Show, built his greatest successes on social issues. The castaways of Gilligan's Island were a message on how different types of people could work together on solving problems, while the blended family of The Brady Bunch was inspired by a newspaper article showing that, in 1965, 29 percent of all marriages included a child or children from a previous marriage.

He also pioneered the tactic of describing the show's premise in a catchy theme song, so viewers never had to be brought up to speed on the "situation" in his situation comedies -- the theme did it for them.

I talked about Schwartz and why people loved his shows so much on NPR's All Things Considered, speaking with host .

Check it out below:


[Last modified: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 7:56pm]


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