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Reality Series to Document 'Brady Bunch' Star's New 1970s Variety Show (Exclusive)
The man behind The Brady Bunch's Greg Brady is getting his own 1970s musical variety show — and the process will be documented as a reality series.
Barry Williams, who played the eldest Brady son for five seasons on the ABC comedy, will star in Great American Country network's original series A Very Barry Branson, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The six-episode half-hour series will focus on Williams as he trades Hollywood for America's heartland — Branson, Missouri — to launch his own '70s-era musical variety show.
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The series, which will premiere in early 2015, will follow Williams as he works to create and promote his stage show, gets to know the locals and attempts to make Branson his home. Along the way, he'll take cues from other Branson entertainers, including family band The Haygoods, host former TV co-stars and do anything he can to build an audience.
"Branson represents everything I love about America, including the Ozarks, the people, the beautiful lakes," Williams said. "Performing my '70s Music Celebration show here is icing on the cake."
The 50-song show features Williams performing covers of hits from the Eagles, Elton John, Neil Diamond, John Denver, the Bee Gees and more.
"For me and generations of classic TV fans, Barry represents a time in America when families gathered to watch TV together. In A Very Barry Branson, we’ll capture that same light- hearted, fun-loving tone," said Steven Lerner, senior vp programming and development for Great American Country, HGTV and DIY Network.
A Very Barry Branson joins a Great American Country original programming slate that also includes Off the Map With Shannen & Holly, starring Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs, which is also set to bow in 2015.
For Williams, the series comes after he starred in The Very Brady Bunch Variety Hour, a two-hour TV special. He has also starred on Broadway in Romance/Romance and appeared in unscripted series including Fox's Celebrity Boxing and played opposite Tiffany in Syfy's Mega Piranha. Take a walk down memory lane with this very Greg Brady musical clip from The Brady Bunch, below.