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Season 1 | Episode 5 | “Picture’s Up” | Airs Oct 4, 2014

Whenever Anna’s producer Josh Hetzler is on camera, it is pure quote magic! Thank you, Hetzler, for giving me material for my headlines the past two episodes.

Anyway, it is the first day of filming for both Camp Anna and Camp Shane, and butterflies are being felt all around. Both productions have a seemingly good and undramatic first day of filming—but that was just the first day! Now it is time to see how both camps work with their crew on a set and with a timed schedule! In addition, there is the added pressure of Chris Moore, Josh Shader, Corey Moosa, and Dan Schoffer all popping in.

Camp Shane

The first bit of drama arises when it is time for Shane to begin filming his Scott scenes. The question of whether being both an actor and the director will pose a challenge for Shane has been thrown around. Thus far, however, it seems like Shane is able to balance both positions well.

CHS1_105_0159_900x506Shane had a bit of an issue with his puke gag; he doesn’t think it looked funny, but with some consulting from his producing team, he’s able to move on. Shane also has a bit of issue when it comes to directing the Steadicam, which leads to the best quote of the episode: “It’s like a Transformer walking through set … I feel like Michael Bay when it’s around.”

Original screenwriter Dan Schoffer does not feel as comfortable on Anna’s set as on Shane’s. Dan is on Shane’s set every day and does give him some notes, but respects and understands that it is not his film but Shane’s.

Camp Anna

Anna and her core team really mesh together on set and start to become a well-oiled machine. Drama begins to boil when the “peanut gallery,” aka Chris Moore & Co., want to make sure that they are able to watch the filming of the sex scene. Moore and the rest feel strongly about seeing the “fascinating scene,” because it was in the original script and both directors kept it. Moore says that it was “an all-around test scene for Anna.” Anna and her core crew are not thrilled with the idea of having a huge group of people around during the filming of the intimate scene.

In a one-on-one interview, Anna believes that there is tension due to a conflict of interest. Moore and Shader are producers of both films and the docu-series, and due to that, it “eroded” her trust in both of them. In the end, Moore and Shader were able to watch the scene being filmed in another room on a monitor.

CHS1_105_0178.jpgAnna’s husband, Victor, pays a visit to set. During his time there, you get to see how the two work together. Though some feared that Victor would come in and take over, that is not the case! Anna is the director—period.

Chris Moore makes a good point about both directors, saying that Shane needs to get used to having to go through several other people to get what he wants done. For Anna, it is less about Anna not knowing what she wants, but what happens “when it’s not working for someone other than Anna.”

Will Anna have final say? Will Shane break the mold he has already created and expand his audience? We will find out as we continue learning from this experiment. Until next time: Lights, camera, drama!

The Chair airs Saturdays at 11/10C on Starz. Binge the first five episodes on Starz Play and On Demand.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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