Sherwood Schwartz, creator of The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island, died early this morning, his great niece tells the Associated Press. USA Today says the veteran producer "died of natural causes in his sleep surrounded by his family." He was 94.
As The Washington Post points out, Gilligan's Island has achieved "a sort of immortality" in syndication despite only running on CBS for three seasons for 1964 to 1967. The Brady Bunch ran five seasons on ABC from 1969 to 1974, but found new life in reruns and spawned numerous reunion films.
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