TV Critic’s Corner

Here’s the story . . . of Lance Bass’s failed bid for the ‘Brady’ house

The Los Angeles house featured in the opening and closing scenes of “The Brady Bunch” television series.
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The Los Angeles house featured in the opening and closing scenes of “The Brady Bunch” television series.

Aw, a happy ending, just like an episode of “The Brady Bunch.”

As you recall, because you are still obsessed with the lovely lady and the man named Brady who had a hunch about forming a bunch, former NSYNCer Lance Bass put in a bid for the real “Brady Bunch” house, which was up for sale earlier this month. The owners were asking $1.88 million for the three-bedroom home in LA, and Bass told TV host Ross Matthews, “I’m going to turn it into the TV house, because you know it doesn’t have a second floor and all that stuff, but I’m going to go back to the original, original house.” The show wasn’t filmed inside the house, but the exterior is considered a sitcom icon.

But Bass got Marcia-Marcia-Marcia-ed big time, when his bid — which, Bass wrote on an Instagram post, “was WAY over the asking price” — was not accepted. Suddenly he was Jan to the Marcia of a “Corporate Buyer (Hollywood Studio) who wants the house at any cost,” he wrote on the post. “How is this fair or legal?? How can I compete with a billion dollar corporate entity? I truly believe I was used to drive up the price of the home knowing very well that this corporation intended on making their offer and it’s not a good feeling. I feel used but most importantly I’m hurt and saddened by this highly questionable outcome. I just hope it is not demolished.”


We were all feeling askance about the manse for Lance.

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But wait. It turned out that the corporate entity was HGTV, which is not going to have the house demolished. On Twitter, Bass expressed his relief: “I’d be pretty upset if it were anyone else, but how can you be mad at HGTV?? My television is stuck on that channel. Kudos HGTV, I know you will do the right thing with the house. That was always my biggest worry. I can smile again.”

HGTV was willing to make up, tweeting back, “Aww, thanks @LanceBass. Consider yourself officially part of the HGTV bunch!”

Phew, war averted.

Reportedly, the channel is going to duplicate the interiors from the show inside the house, and feature the renovation process on a new HGTV series. And here’s the happiest part of the ending: HGTV is thinking about somehow getting Bass involved in the renovation process, as a producer, perhaps, or even as a host.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.