Friday, November 29, 2013

Growing up Brady: Special Collectors Edition

1999, third edition from later that year, from Good Guy Entertainment [I do not make this stuff up]
Barry Williams with Chris Kreski
Growing up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg: Special Collectors Edition
Original price unknown, bought used for $4.50
Worn paperback
B- for new material

I ended up just skimming this edition because much of it was unchanged.  And I didn't find the new material as interesting as the original, although it was fairly interesting.  Here's a breakdown on what I spotted of the changes:

  • New cover that looks more low-budget (due to the change in publisher?)
  • New chapter "The Bradys and Y2K...A New Beginning?", which briefly explains why Williams thought a new edition was justified
  • More on Susan Olsen's decision not to participate in A Very Brady Christmas, including her joking, "Of course I had no way of knowing that the two-hour TV movie would last longer than my entire first marriage!"
  • The new chapter "Remembering Robert Reed," which is what it says, although Williams also has harsh words for the media exploitation of Reed's death
  • The new chapter "Beyond Re-runs, Reunions and Revisitations," where Williams understandably has high praise for the Day By Day  parody and faint praise for the Brady big-screen movies.  (I laughed hard at all three at the time, but the sitcom has unquestionably aged much much better, and not just because you get to see Christopher Daniel Barnes playing "Chuck Brady" before he was big-screen Greg, not to mention Julia Louis-Dreyfuss post-SNL and pre-Seinfeld.)
  • The chapter "Where Are They Now?" is what is says as well.  Needless to say, Williams was still protecting Maureen McCormick and pretending that none of the Brady kids went bad.  (Unlike for instance, Danny Bonaduce.)
  • The Appendices, like Barry's Filmography and Stage Credits, seem to be new.
The year after this edition, the TV-movie Growing Up Brady came out.  I watched it on Youtube a few weeks ago.  The casting was off, but it was interesting, especially considering Williams himself not only appears in it but got Sherwood Schwartz to do a cameo.  A lot was changed from the book, ironically to make it more of a dramedy. 

This finishes off the 1990s, just beating out the 1980s for the decade with the most entries, by about half a dozen, demanding what you count.  And it's only nine years till we get McCormick's Here's the Story....

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