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Sherwood Schwartz created two of television's most enduring comedies: Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch.
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For fans of the show, they have been able to see their favorite characters again through a number of television movies over the years, including Rescue from Gilligan's Island (1978), A Very Brady Christmas (1988), and The Brady Bunch in the White House (2002).
With help from son Lloyd, Schwartz transformed his beloved island sitcom into Gilligan's Island: The Musical. It debuted in 1992 at the Flat Rock Playhouse in North Carolina. His daughter and her husband, Hope and Lawrence Juber, wrote the production's score. The next year, another play by Schwartz, Rockers, also premiered at the Flat Rock Playhouse.
In 1995, Schwartz helped breathe new life into the Brady Bunch franchise with a big screen adaptation of the show. The Brady Bunch Movie starred Shelley Long and Gary Cole as Carol and Mike Brady. Set in modern times, the Bradys remained true to their wholesome, squarish 1970s selves, which caused much hilarity as they interacted with contemporary characters. The film was so popular that spawned a sequel, A Very Brady Sequel (1996) to be exact. Schwartz served as a producer on both projects along with his son Lloyd.
More recently, the Gilligan's Island concept was used as the basis for a reality show. Beginning in 2004, The Real Gilligan's Island ran for two seasons on the TBS cable channel and featured real-life skippers, millionaires, and others working in teams and competing to get off the island and win prizes.
Sherwood Schwartz died in Los Angeles, California, on July 12, 2011, at the age of 94. He was survived by his wife, Mildred, and four children.
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