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Barry Williams previews ‘A Very Brady Renovation’

February 6, 2019
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Barry Williams says the upcoming HGTV series "A Very Brady Renovation" will bring all six siblings from the classic series "The Brady Bunch" together for the first time in 15 years, to renovate the old Brady home with a group of the network's most popular stars. "The idea is to bring us all together and make the inside of the home look exactly like the one we saw on TV." The series, due in September, will chronicle the renovation of the iconic home, seen in exterior shots of the 1969-1974 series. HGTV purchased the home last August for a reported $3.5 million. Barry Williams says the upcoming HGTV series "A Very Brady Renovation" will bring all six siblings from the classic series "The Brady Bunch" together for the first time in 15 years, to renovate the old Brady home with a group of the network's most popular stars. "The idea is to bring us all together and make the inside of the home look exactly like the one we saw on TV." The series, due in September, will chronicle the renovation of the iconic home, seen in exterior shots of the 1969-1974 series. HGTV purchased the home last August for a reported $3.5 million. (Image courtesy of HGTV)

Actor Barry Williams, best known for portraying older brother Greg on the classic TV sitcom “The Brady Bunch,” says he’s looking forward to reuniting with his former castmates for a very special project involving the old homestead, due this September, after which he’ll host a Western Caribbean “classic TV” cruise populated with a dozen stars.

The instantly recognizable “Brady Bunch” home located at 11222 Dilling St. in Studio City, California, was purchased last August by Discovery Inc. (owners of HGTV) for a reported $3.5 million, with an aim toward a total restoration of its former ‘70s glory.

The project is being turned into “A Very Brady Renovation” – a series due to begin airing this fall and starring all six actors who portrayed the Brady siblings.

“The idea is to bring us all together and make the inside of the home look exactly like the one we saw on TV,” Williams said during a phone interview from his home in Branson, Missouri.

The 2,500 square foot home viewers know as the Brady house is the second most photographed house in America, after The White House. It was used only in exterior shots in the classic 1969-1974 sitcom. Interior scenes were filmed in a studio on a soundstage.

There’s always been a disconnect surrounding the Brady house: In exterior scenes, we saw a mid-20th century one-story modern-style ranch home. But interior scenes revealed a grand open staircase and a number of bedrooms - none of which should technically exist, right?

Williams says that HGTV is taking care of that little discrepancy.

“They’re building a second story, but they didn’t want to destroy the façade,” he explained. “They want it to look exactly the same from the street, so they’re knocking out the back of the house and pushing it 40 feet into the backyard.”

According to Williams, the additional story will have a low-profile roof, rendering it virtually invisible from the street.

“They’re adding the boys’ bedroom, the girls’ bedroom and the master bedroom,” Williams told me. “Each of us in charge of a different room and the goal is to redesign it using our memories and photos.”

A variety of HGTV stars will join Williams and the rest of the actors to help make the inside of the home look exactly like the one we saw on the series. Helping Williams restore Mike Brady’s den will be Lara Spencer of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and HGTV’s “Flea Market Flip.”

“We’re looking for the correct drafting table and the right light to go on it,” Williams said, which will see him reunited with Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Eve Plumb (Jan), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy).

“It’s been a really nostalgic and reflective project to be a part of,” Williams said. “It brings all six of us – as I refer to us now in our maturity – Brady kids together. It’s been about 15 years since we were all in the same place at the same time.”

In addition, Williams is scheduled to host a classic TV stars cruise to the Western Caribbean onboard the Celebrity Silhouette from November 8 to November 14. Williams says it’s hard not to think about his upcoming tropical vacation.

“Here in Missouri, our temperature is expected to go below zero tonight. Everybody in Maine can relate to that but it doesn’t happen often here,” he said.

Williams says he called about a dozen of his classic TV star friends, including Jimmy “J.J.” Walker from “Good Times,” Greg Evigan from “B.J. and the Bear,” Dawn Wells (Mary Anne) from “Gilligan’s Island,” Jerry Mathers of “Leave it to Beaver,” Judy Norton (Mary Ellen) from “The Waltons,” Butch Patrick (Eddie) from “The Munsters” and Willie Aames of “Eight is Enough” and “Charles in Charge,” among others.

“This cruise will bring classic TV to life,” Williams said of the trip, which is scheduled to include port stops at George Town, Grand Caymen, Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico, and Cozumel, Mexico.

“All of the people that I selected love to meet and speak with fans,” he continued. “For example, Dawn Wells and I are putting together a treasure hunt. We’ll give you a map that might tell you to take the third palm tree on the right followed by a hundred paces to the north, and so on. If you’re the first to locate it, you’ll dig up a Tiki idol like the one we used on the Hawaii episodes of ‘The Brady Bunch.’ It only brings good luck now,” Williams laughed.

Williams is also scheduled to perform with his band, The Traveliers, twice during the cruise, he says.

“We’ll do a concert and a variety show with all of the celebrities participating – some doing things you might not have expected. You could even recreate a scene with the stars from your favorite TV show. We’ll give you dialogue from an original script and act it out with you. You can film it and bring it back to show your friends. We’ve designed this cruise, so you can actually interact and take a vacation with your favorite classic TV stars.”

For more information about the cruise, visit www.ClassicTVStarsCruise.com.

Last modified on Wednesday, 06 February 2019 14:13

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