Of course, both shows were created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz. According to Russell Johnson in his book, Here On Gilligan's Isle, Schwatz graduated from university with a master's degree in psychology. He was originally a writer for comedians like Bob Hope, Red Skelton, and Phil Silvers. Then in Spring 1963 he began thinking about how people who *had* to interact would do so. Eventually he came up with the idea of castaways stuck on a deserted island, and finally, he got the series Gilligan's Island made.
According to Lloyd Schwartz, one of the producers, Robert Reed would not have returned to the series if it had come back for a sixth year. He did not care for the quality of the scripts, so was a constant thorn in the side of the Schwartzs. Luckily (?) for the fictional Bradys, the series was cancelled before Mike was killed or recast.
|Most of the Bradys at a recent TV Land Awards show with their host.|