Facebook Twitter



Just channel-hopping . . .

- WARNING! Production is underway for a new CBS comedy called (are you sure you're ready for this?) The Bradys.As in "The Brady Bunch."

That's right - they're baa-aack.

Sherwood Schwartz and his son, Lloyd, have been given an order for six hourlong episodes starring Florence Henderson and Robert Reed as Carol and Mike Brady and Ann B. Davis as housekeeper Alice.

Five of the six original "Brady Bunch" kids have also signed on, including Barry Williams, Christopher Knight, Michael Lookinland, Eve Plumb and Susan Olsen. Maureen McCormick, who played oldest daughter Marcia, is the only holdout, but since her career isn't exactly going gangbusters right now, expect her to re-enlist, too.

We can blame the success of last season's A Very Brady Christmas (which will be repeated Dec. 22 on Ch. 5) for this. And for the horrifying question that comes in its wake: Can "Gilligan and Son" be far behind?

- IT'S DEFINITE: Gary Collins will be replacing Robb Weller has host of ABC's Home show beginning the day after Christmas. And now there's talk of Mrs. Gary Collins, former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley, joining him as "Home's" permanent co-host. Wouldn't that be a nice . . . er . . . "Home"-y touch?

- STOP THE PRESSES! The media baby of the year has been born! NBC newswoman Maria Shriver and her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, became the proud (and extremely wealthy) parents of a daughter Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. According to publicist Charlotte Parker (I'm sorry, Elizabeth, that we didn't have a publicist for you when you were born last summer), both mother and daughter are doing fine. No word on Schwarzenegger's condition or, for that matter, the baby's name or statistics. Here's hoping she takes after her mother physically and her father financially.

- CHEERS TO KTVX for their annual "Toys for Tots" campaign. The news set is already crowded with Christmas goodies. Let's all pitch in to make sure it gets much more crowded still. Take your new, unwrapped toys to the KTVX studios (1760 Fremont Drive) or call the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for a drop-off location near you. Let's bury Phil Riesen - in Toys for Tots.

- AND WHILE WE'RE AT IT, cheers to KUED for joining KUER in sponsoring a Christmas food drive on the U. of U. campus next Monday. Bring your non-perishable food items (frozen turkey, canned ham, packaged stuffing and so forth) to Kingsbury Hall from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and make the folks at Ch. 7 happier than they'd be with a studio full of ringing phones during fund drive. (Well, OK - maybe they won't be that happy. But they'll be happy. And you'll feel pretty good yourself.)

Feb. 5.

- FRANCES BAVIER died last week at age 86. You may not remember her name, but you do remember Sheriff Andy Taylor's Aunt Bee, the wonderfully homey and loving character she played on "The Andy Griffith Show." I never had the privilege of meeting Bavier, but those who did say that real life wasn't far from reel life - that Bavier was as sweet and endearing as Aunt Bee. That's nice to know, isn't it - almost as nice as knowing that as long as there are reruns, Bavier's Bee will be there with a warm smile, a cheery "Hello" and a hearty, home-cooked meal.

- DAVID M. CANDLAND of Salt Lake City called Thursday morning wondering if Fox's forthcoming The Simpsons really is the first animated series in prime time since "The Flintstones," as we indicated in a recent column. He reminded us of an animated series from the early 1970s called "Wait Till Your Father Gets Home," a none-too-subtle takeoff on "All in the Family." He even sang a few bars from the series theme song (a word of friendly advice, David - don't quite your day job).

And he's right. Sort of. "Wait Till Your Father Gets Home" did play in prime time in many parts of the country when it was on the air from 1972-1974. But it was a syndicated program, not a network series, which means that it also aired outside of prime time in some places.

So I guess we're both right. "The Flintstones" was the last animated network series to air in prime time, even though several syndicated series - including "Wait" - have appeared in prime time in some areas since then.

Which brings us to an important question: Are we going to officially include "The Simpsons" as a network series, or are we still considering the Fox network as a sort of glorified syndication company? I'm calling it the former, but a case can be made for the latter.

- CARL ARKY, the former KUTV sportscaster who has been director of broadcasting for the Utah Jazz for a little more than a year, is outta here. He recently accepted an opportunity to do play-by-play for Sacramento Kings cable telecasts and the Western Athletic Conference syndicated television package. He'll also be doing some independent work with his own production company. Arky is a skilled communicator and has been a bright spot in Utah broadcasting as long as he's been here. He'll be missed.

Good luck, Carl.