GOOD MORNING: The White House is moving to Toronto. Well, at least “The Brady Bunch in Washington,” a two-hour TV movie from Par-TV for the Fox network, will be filmed in the Canadian movie center with the usual requirements for thesps and crew to be Canadian. The telefilm is exec produced by “Brady” creator Sherwood Schwartz, with son Lloyd producing and cowriting with Sherwood’s daughter Hope Juber. The story has Mike Brady, pere, as President of the U.S., taking over from his Vice Presidency post when scandal drives out the President. Brady chooses wife Carol to be his VP. Lloyd Sherwood tells me the TV’er pokes fun at all the realities of the White House, past and present. He points out there have been versions of the “Bradys” from the ’60s to the present on all the networks (Fox being the fourth). There have been two feature films, cartoons, a variety show, stage play, three-camera and one-camera series, a one-hour drama and two telefilms … And you ain’t heard nothin’ yet. Schwartz, fils, tells me the family’s got ideas for a mixed-race “Brady” family, with a white Mike Brady (with three white sons), marrying Carol (with three black daughters) … Sherwood is celebrating the 39th year of his other timeless creation, “Gilligan’s Island” — now enjoying a revival thanks to “Survivor” mania. He bowed his legit musical “Gilligan’s” last week and has now been asked to make the show a permanent attraction in Hawaii at a prominent Maui resort. And the “Gilligan” characters are now being readied as figures for slot machines. You could very well say “Gilligan” and “Brady” have become slot machines for the Schwartzes!
ESTHER WILLIAMS, IN A WHEELCHAIR, cheerfully greeted guests at her 80th birthday party around the pool of her longtime BevHills home (next to a house once owned by Rock Hudson). Clips of her pix were unspooled on a screen atop the pool — one of the pix being “Dangerous When Wet,” which featured Williams and cartoon characters Tom & Jerry cavorting comically underwater. Esther’s wheelchaired appearance could well have been titled “Dangerous When Dry.” On Mother’s Day, she fell while descending the heavily carpeted stairs of her home. She fractured an ankle, which became dangerously infected from the metal plates inserted to support the fracture. She was emergencied to the hospital, where she remained a month. She is only now getting about with a walker. Husband Ed Bell confirms, “It’s a long haul.” The film clip assemblage included scenes from “The Ziegfeld Follies,” “Texas Carnival” and “Jupiter’s Darling.” They are part of a planned Aquacade show for Vegas which Daniel Flannery (who did the birthday presentation) and Bell are prepping. Among those reminiscing about the halcyon days of Hollywood with Williams were Margaret O’Brien, Gloria de Haven and Betty Garrett, who were also under pact to Metro. And Jane Withers, who was under contract to 20th where “Nick Schenck wouldn’t loan me out to Metro for ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ ” Withers reminded. Also reminiscing with Williams were Virginia Mayo, Barbara Billingsley and Gretchen Wyler. Williams’ and Bell’s children and grandchildren also surrounded superstar Williams … Among those also there: producer Victor Bardack whose “Rockets Red Glare” bows the N.Y. Intl. Film Fest, Sept. 8. It’s Andrea Thompson’s final acting job, as she’s joined CNN’s Headline News … Two other reps of Hollywood’s glamour days partied over the weekend: newlyweds Noreen Nash and James Whitmore celebrated their wedding with a reception at her BevHills home. Whitmore got his first Oscar nomination for “Battleground” (1949) when he, like Esther Williams was under contract to MGM. He’ll be 80 on Oct. 1.
TOM SELLECK WAS ASKED by “A Thousand Clowns” producers to extend his stay past Oct. 15 to Dec. 3 — but, while Selleck is enjoying the success of his B’way bow, he’s paged back to film TNT’s remake of “Monte Walsh.” Lee Marvin, Jack Palance and Jeanne Moreau starred in the original 1970 feature directed by Bill Fraker from the novel by “Shane” author Jack Schaefer. Joel Oliansky scripts the new “Walsh.” Selleck and TNT teamed on the ratings winners “Crossfire Trail,” “Last Stand At Sabre River” and “Running Mates” … You know it’s hot in the San Fernando Valley at Universal when Lew Wasserman tells you, “I did something today I’ve never done in 65 years with the company — I took off my jacket!” … Fred de Cordova is now a resident at the Motion Picture & TV Fund Hospital … Cuban-American leading man Jsu Garcia, who plays Mel Gibson’s heroic buddy in the Vietnam war-set “We Were Soldiers,” plays a villainous guerrilla battling good guy Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Colombian cocaine traffic’er, “Collateral Damage” which went back to shoot added Vera Cruz jungle scenes at WB … Thanks to Bud Cort’s recommendation, Austin Pendleton’s play “Orson’s Shadow’ is at the Tiffany Theater. It completed its run at the new Black Orchid Theater when Cort came to its rescue with a rave to the Tiffany’s Paula Holt … There’s life after playing Janice Soprano’s ill-fated fiance “Richie” in “The Sopranos”: David Proval next stars in the one-man “Seltzer Man” play by Richard Krevolin at the Tiffany bowing Sept. 15. Proval also segues from his Italian-American paternal role in “Everybody Loves Raymond.”