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July 13, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Sherwood Schwartz, the comedy writer and producer who created "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch," which have remained two of the most enduringly popular TV series in worldwide syndication, died Tuesday morning. He was 94. Schwartz, who began his more than six-decade career by writing gags for Bob Hope's radio show in 1939, died of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said his son Lloyd. Schwartz once said he created "Gilligan's Island," which aired on CBS from 1964 to 1967, as an escape from his seven years on "The Red Skelton Show," for which he served as head writer and won an Emmy in 1961.
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July 13, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Sherwood Schwartz, the comedy writer and producer who created "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch," which have remained two of the most enduringly popular TV series in worldwide syndication, died Tuesday morning. He was 94. Schwartz, who began his more than six-decade career by writing gags for Bob Hope's radio show in 1939, died of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said his son Lloyd. Schwartz once said he created "Gilligan's Island," which aired on CBS from 1964 to 1967, as an escape from his seven years on "The Red Skelton Show," for which he served as head writer and won an Emmy in 1961.
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November 17, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
'Gilligan's' Sets Sail: "Gilligan's Island: The Musical?" has opened in Chicago, offering everything the television series had and more. The goings-on include a spaceship landing, a rocket launch and a hurricane, all swirling around those seven familiar castaway characters from the TV sitcom. Critical reaction so far has been lukewarm. The Chicago Tribune called it a "mildly amusing diversion . . . neither as bad as it might have been nor as much fun as one wants it to be."
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March 4, 2009 | SCOTT COLLINS
The endless subplots and surprise revelations of the desert-island thriller "Lost" have driven viewers to embrace all sorts of theories about What It All Means. But maybe the answer lies close to home. At least if your home happens to contain DVDs of the 1960s spy sitcom "Get Smart." "Lost" is in the middle of its fifth season, which some fans have described as one of its most challenging (or frustrating) ever. But it spoils nothing to report that much of the ABC series' mystery has depended on an unusual phenomenon in which electromagnetism causes the island to move, rendering it impossible to locate.
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March 4, 2009 | SCOTT COLLINS
The endless subplots and surprise revelations of the desert-island thriller "Lost" have driven viewers to embrace all sorts of theories about What It All Means. But maybe the answer lies close to home. At least if your home happens to contain DVDs of the 1960s spy sitcom "Get Smart." "Lost" is in the middle of its fifth season, which some fans have described as one of its most challenging (or frustrating) ever. But it spoils nothing to report that much of the ABC series' mystery has depended on an unusual phenomenon in which electromagnetism causes the island to move, rendering it impossible to locate.
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March 12, 1990 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sherwood Schwartz and Lloyd Schwartz, executive producers of "The Bradys," used to look forward to meeting all the other father-and-son writer-producer teams in Hollywood--maybe hosting an occasional picnic. Then they discovered that there weren't any.
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March 2, 2003 | Brian Lowry, Times Staff Writer
Visit the right charity events or swankest Westside restaurants and you'll hear the nervous murmurs -- or in some cases thinly veiled panic -- about the declining state of TV comedy. Heavyweights like "Friends," "Frasier" and "Sex and the City" are each nearing the end of storied runs without the networks having groomed clear successors capable of replacing them.
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January 30, 2004 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
Tributes to Angela Lansbury, William Shatner, legendary producer Sherwood Schwartz, and the casts and creators of several shows such as "The Wire" and "Arrested Development" will highlight the 21st Annual William S. Paley Television Festival, sponsored by the Museum of Television & Radio. The festival will run March 3 to 16 at the Directors Guild of America. Opening the festival is a discussion featuring writer-producer J.J.
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August 21, 2007
The Writers Guild of America will hold a memorial service Aug. 28 for Melville Shavelson, a former president of the union who wrote and directed such films as "The Seven Little Foys," "Houseboat," "It Started in Naples" and "Yours, Mine and Ours." Shavelson died Aug. 8 at his home in Studio City. He was 90. Among those scheduled to speak at the event are actress Angie Dickinson and writers Hal Kanter, Mort Lachman, Del Reisman and Sherwood Schwartz. The memorial begins at 6:30 p.m.
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August 2, 2001
* Bryan Ferry joins forces with his old band Roxy Music on Aug. 6 and 7 at the Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. $33 to $93.50. (323) 665-1927. * Seven classical California companies perform in the second annual BalletFest on Aug. 10, 11 and 12 in the Luckman Theatre, Cal State L.A., 5151 State University Drive, L.A. $25 to $30. (323) 343-6600. * The New World Flamenco Festival kicks off with Spain's Compania Domingo Ortega on Aug.
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January 30, 2004 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
Tributes to Angela Lansbury, William Shatner, legendary producer Sherwood Schwartz, and the casts and creators of several shows such as "The Wire" and "Arrested Development" will highlight the 21st Annual William S. Paley Television Festival, sponsored by the Museum of Television & Radio. The festival will run March 3 to 16 at the Directors Guild of America. Opening the festival is a discussion featuring writer-producer J.J.
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March 2, 2003 | Brian Lowry, Times Staff Writer
Visit the right charity events or swankest Westside restaurants and you'll hear the nervous murmurs -- or in some cases thinly veiled panic -- about the declining state of TV comedy. Heavyweights like "Friends," "Frasier" and "Sex and the City" are each nearing the end of storied runs without the networks having groomed clear successors capable of replacing them.
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November 17, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
'Gilligan's' Sets Sail: "Gilligan's Island: The Musical?" has opened in Chicago, offering everything the television series had and more. The goings-on include a spaceship landing, a rocket launch and a hurricane, all swirling around those seven familiar castaway characters from the TV sitcom. Critical reaction so far has been lukewarm. The Chicago Tribune called it a "mildly amusing diversion . . . neither as bad as it might have been nor as much fun as one wants it to be."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 1990 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sherwood Schwartz and Lloyd Schwartz, executive producers of "The Bradys," used to look forward to meeting all the other father-and-son writer-producer teams in Hollywood--maybe hosting an occasional picnic. Then they discovered that there weren't any.
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March 12, 1997 | DAVID E. BRADY
Theirs is a uniquely San Fernando Valley story. A lovely lady. A man named Brady. Three very lovely girls. Three boys of his own. And Alice, the housekeeper. Although it lasted just five unremarkable seasons on ABC from 1969-74, "The Brady Bunch" has become a love-it-or-hate-it icon of blissful middle-class suburbia with roots deep in the Valley.
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April 18, 2008 | Lee Margulies
The star of "Maude," a creative force behind "MASH," a talk show host and the creator of "Gilligan's Island" were among those announced Thursday for induction into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. "Their respective careers have stood the test of time and their accomplishments extend over decades," said Mark Itkin, chairman of the academy's selection committee.
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