There goes the neighborhood!
HGTV is breathing new life into the Brady Bunch house in a new four-part renovation series that begins airing tonight, according to a USA Today preview of the show.
The special will reunite the actors who played the six Brady children. The gang will transform the suburban Los Angeles home that was used in frontage shots on the original series into Brady Bunch set that fans have known and loved for decades.
The construction project has roots in 2018, when the HGTV Network purchased the Studio City, California home, outbidding potential buyer Lance Bass.
The network then spent six months renovating the interior to recreate the decor of the Brady family’s house, which only existed previously as a television set.
The reimagined interior will feature all the recognizable elements of the 1969-74 sitcom’s set, including the floating staircase, the orange-and-green kitchen and the family room.
The actors -- Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, Eve Plumb, Susan Olsen and Mike Lookinland -- are overcome with memories by the home improvement project.
“Coming into the living room, with the staircase, that was powerful,” said Barry Williams, who played the oldest brother Greg. “We crossed back and forth in front of that or climbed up or came down the stairs so many times.”
The recreated look also hit the cast in a big way sentimentally, with the “Brady Renovation” special serving as a dedication to the original series late cast members: Florence Henderson, who played mother Carol Brady, Robert Reed, who played father Mike Brady, and Ann B. Davis, who played Alice the housekeeper.
“It brought me back [to] seeing Florence and Bob and Annie, seeing our crew and feeling the love for all the people who were part of the show,” said Maureen McCormick, who played the eldest sister Marcia.
“A Very Brady Renovation” is one of several television specials celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original “Brady Bunch,” with HGTV’s sister channels Food Network and Discovery getting in on the action with programs of their own featuring the show’s remaining original stars.
The first part of the “Very Brady Renovation” special airs tonight on HGTV at 9 p.m. EDT/PDT.