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  2. Miss Cook, and Mr. Bowers' cabaret singing bride are the highlights of this alleged documentary. Seriously, his wife was the real star of this thing, IMO.

    Mic drop. Mink drop.
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  5. New Lucy Books

    I was able to get Love, Lucy on CD from Barnes & Noble, but I haven't found A Book on CD yet (only CD-MP3). Any recommendations on where to purchase A Book?
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  7. Ball proved every season that she was open to negotiation, and while it's been reported that she almost bowed out in October '72, she seemed willing to stick around again when interviewed by the LA Times in November '73 ("if people still want me -- if CBS still wants me"). I won't speculate on what happened between then and February '74*, but I will say that the trades never contradicted the two commonly accepted facts: that she wanted to leave and that CBS executives would miss having her on a weekly series. However, the extent to which both parties exhibited those claims privately during negotiations -- and I believe there were negotiations, for the announcement didn't come until the end of February (not since the mid-era Lucy Show days had Ball's fate remained uncertain that late in the season), a month after production wrapped -- is unknown and may indeed have been contradictory. As is always the case, I think there were a number of factors that probably influenced what happened -- the ratings being just one. (Incidentally, the numbers had fallen, but the network never expressed any public concern -- which means the show was likely still profitable -- and the press considered it, while still in the Top 30, in good shape.) The upcoming release of Mame (which looked to be a success and could have opened the door to different projects for Ball) Lucie Arnaz's desire to move on (she booked Seesaw in December '73, two months before the official announcement of the series' end) CBS' success in the fall of '73 -- there were only three midseason replacements (and no room to move good shows that deserved a second chance) The problems with the likely-to-be-axed The New Dick Van Dyke Show (cancelling it would mean that Lucy didn't have a great companion on Mondays; Wood/Silverman would NOT have put Maude or Rhoda next to Lucy -- those were different types of shows and were held to different standards; that's part of the problem Van Dyke faced) Conversely, some external things that could have indeed prolonged negotiations in February... The relaxation of the Prime Time Access Rule, as the networks suddenly got an extra hour on Sundays, even if they didn't have the pilots for it (this was later postponed) The fact that the show's numbers were improving by nearly two ratings points in the period between January and March (so, February) The problems with the divorcing Sonny & Cher, who were likely to not return (meaning that CBS would be losing another hit show) And, as with the above, the problems with The New Dick Van Dyke Show, which instead of reducing the need to keep Lucy, may have done the opposite: increased CBS' desire to hold onto her *Okay, I will... Ball probably did her annual hemming and hawing -- this time more tired and ready to go than ever, but still hoping the network would negotiate like usual. Unfortunately, the brass didn't appear to fight as hard to keep her as they had before (like in October '72) and recognizing that maybe she wasn't as valuable to them as she once was, Ball decided to walk away from the weekly series and just commit to specials (which, in November '73, she said wasn't of interest to her, but I digress....) The_Los_Angeles_Times_Mon__Nov_5__1973_.jp2
  8. Apparently last year she showed up in Carmel for a fundraiser for Doris Day's animal foundation and did a tap dance! Sounds like she was quite a dame
  9. Miriam Nelson died over the weekend.
  10. I think the 1974-75 success of Maude on Mondays at 9:00 had a lot to do with the fact that it was airing before the sensation that was the first season of Rhoda. Had Lucy done a seventh season (or thirteenth, depending on how you look at it) as the lead-in for Rhoda, surely her ratings would have improved, and as far as I'm concerned, creatively, HL was in a good enough place that another year would have been worthwhile. Or... Lucy could have followed her "modus operandi", where each of her previous weekly shows had aired for six seasons, so she could have started a new sitcom for the 1974-75 season!
  11. For folks in, around or can make their way to the San Francisco Bay Area, run do not walk to see our own Carole Cook and a galaxy of Broadway-based talent in support of and benefit for Meals on Wheels San Francisco and AIDS Legal Referral Panel. "Help" has run concurrently for years with the Southern California "equivalent" both mounted and produced by Broadway vet extraordinaire Mr. David Gallagan, who somehow manages to wrangle the famous, infamous and many who should be household names talent of Broadway and Tony-winning caliber. Sadly, for a variety of reasons understandable but frustrating, the "last" (still hoping he'll have a change of heart) LA S.T.A.G.E (Southland Theater Artists Goodwill Event) show was in 2017 and featured an amazing roster of talent including the above-referenced Miss Cook, David Burnham, Anthony Fedorov, Joely Fisher, Barrett Foa, Vicki Lewis, Jake Simpson, Sharon McNight and many, many more. "Help" in a similar vein is scheduled once again to feature a roster of Broadway caliber talent including Cook, Davis Gaines, Kimberley Locke, Valerie Pettiford, Jai Rodriguez and "Supremes" legend Mary Wilson among many, many others! Help is on the Way XXIV Concert and Gala August 19, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Ave San Francisco, CA 94102 Directed by David Galligan Musical Director Michael Sobie Gala Co-chairs: Shelley Hann, Gary Snow and Darren Iverson Help is on the Way XXIV Schedule of Events: 5 pm: VIP Gala Reception: Green Room 5 pm: Silent Auction: Main Lobby 6 pm: Gala Reception: Green Room 7:30 pm: Performance: Herbst Theater 9:45 pm: Club REAF After Party with Cast: Green Room https://www.cityboxoffice.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=2344
  12. Scotty And The Secret History Of Hollywood: The Man Who Sold Sex To The Stars Our own Miss Mildred better known to one and all as Carole Cook has the briefest of cameos in the just released documentary version of the book by Scotty Bowers as one of several luminaries present as a guest at Mr. Bowers 90th birthday celebration. This fascinating doc was filmed over a period of 3 or 4 years and features a (then) still remarkably spry physically (climbing via ladder onto his roof to clear brush!) and mentally agile over 90 Bowers regaling his adventures as a young "matchmaker" (ahem) to the stars and later, bartender at Hollywood private parties and heretofore never revealed hookups of the rich and famous, in various and multiple configurations imaginable (male/male, female/female, threesomes, orgys and everything in between). Between the book and the film I'm still not 100% convinced that all the liasons portrayed actually, indisputably happened but I must say that he often makes a convincing case and is backed up by several survirvors who are not only former clients or workers of his, but best of friends to this day. If nothing else, it is very entertaining and I recommend it, at least if you go in with an open mind. Some reviews: https://variety.com/2018/film/reviews/scotty-and-the-secret-history-of-hollywood-review-scotty-bowers-1202884190/ https://www.npr.org/2018/07/26/632433227/scotty-and-the-secret-history-of-hollywood-the-man-who-sold-sex-to-the-stars https://deadline.com/video/scotty-and-the-secret-history-of-hollywood-review-documentary-scotty-bowers-matt-tyrnauer/
  13. https://youtu.be/YKgHB4b-wiE Looking forward to this very much, in part because there's been a notable lack of Betty lately on TV, at least on current talk shows etc. or word of her in any new projects. At 96 it's not surprising she's slowing down but...greedy as I am, I sure would love to see BW in something "new" if only a cameo as it's been much too long. Here's a cute promo for the upcoming PBS doc: https://youtu.be/YKgHB4b-wiE
  14. I've never considered TLS and HL to be the same show and dislike it when sources refer to them as such. Yes, the latter is similar, but they are new characters with changed surnames. Legally speaking, they definitely are different shows, given the varying rights holders. HL is what TVTropes woud call a "spiritual successor."
  15. In the "Weird Oscar" category, I was talking about the high ratings for HL's 3rd season and the fact that it was CBS's top rated show and the only sitcom to make the top 14--in a year that saw the debuts of Mary Tyler Moore and All in the Family, though both would catch on later. I consider TLS and HL two different series but to the general public, they're the same. CBS ran reruns of TLS during the first 3 summers after HL and I don't think anybody really noticed (except me). Since HL's writing/production staff was virtually the same as the last season of TLS, there's not much change being offered, despite the title and the addition of the kids. What other series in its 7th and 8th years (I'm limiting this to sitcoms) stayed in the top 10 for 2 seasons opposite the most-talked-about #1 hit show of its time "Laugh-In"? HL has to hold some kind of ratings record: to remain in the top 10 against the #1 show; actually gaining ground: 1st as #9, then #6. And let's consider that 70-71 was the NINTH season of the new Lucy series started in 1962. Its real claim to fame was out-rating the still-popular Laugh-In in its 9th season (LI's third), the last season the shows were directly opposite each other. L-I had dropped out of the top 10 altogether coming in at #13 for that season 70-71. In 1974, the headlines blared "Lucy Bows Out After 23 Years". Well not exactly true. There were the 3 years of LDCH specials, which in total would make 26 half-hour shows (one season) and the 2 years 1960-62 where there was NO new Lucy on the air. But in fact CBS had run Lucy in some form for 23 years, if you count the 60-62 daytime reruns, started in 1959 and going strong until 1966. I don't suppose we'll ever know the true story of HL's demise. One side: CBS canceled it when the ratings declined from the 5th season's #15 to a still-respecible #29. The other side: Lucy herself pulled the plug simultaneous to CBS wanting her to come back for a 7th year. Remember that the last episode of the 5th season closed the office and seemed like a 'last episode'. But despite falling out of the top 10 for the first time, CBS talked her into a 6th season. In retrospect, CBS did better without Lucy on Mondays since its replacement, the 3rd season of Maude, made the top 10 (#9)
  16. The Oscars Make Terrible Changes

    I remember the year the Emmys introduced the superfluous category of separate "Actor/Actress of the Year" for Series, Special and Supporting, a category disbanded the next year. So the winner was among those that had already won in the respective category, Mary Tyler Moore was Actress of the year over Michael Leanred and Mildred Natwick; Actress of the Year (special) was taken from one category: Actress-Drama Special and the winner of both was Cecly Tyson ("Miss Jane Pittman"). So they gave 2 acceptance speeches. Another one-time category in 69-70 was "Best New Series" (any type) which went to "Room 222" over Bill Cosby's sitcom, The Forsyth Saga, Marcus Welby and Sesame Street! A bit strange since "Room 222" lost the Comedy Series award to the one-season "My World and Welcome To It', ALSO a new series that failed to get nominated in the "new" category! 69-70 was a dour year for comedy: "My World" (which I never saw) won over the Cosby sitcom, that laugh-fest The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Room 222 and Love American Style. Best Comedy Actors: William Windom and Hope Lange had their shows canceled despite their Emmy wins. "Actress: Drama Series" had slim-pickens: "NET" (pre-PBS)'s Forsyth Saga Susan Hampshire won over Peggy Lipton of the Mod Squad and JOAN BLONDELL from "Here Comes the Brides". Question 1: Was "Brides" a DRAMA? (I say "No") and Question 2: Was Joan really a LEAD in the show?? (I say "No" again). Hope Lange faced only 2 other nominees in Best Comedy Series Actress: Marlo Thomas and Elizabeth Montgomery (her last of 5 nominations for Bewitched. This was its 6th season, the first with Dick Sergeant). This was Marlo's 4th That Girl nomination of 5 in as many seasons, all losses. Marlo is one of the few that received a nomination for every season her show was on. For ILL Lucy did, but the categories bounced all over the place from "actress" to "comedienne" to "someone who essentially plays themselves" (??). If the Emmys had adopted the Oscars "most popular" category and based in on the ratings: in 70-71 the winner for "Comedy Series" would have been the never nominated "Here's Lucy". At #3, it was 1) CBS's highest rated show and 2) television's highest rated comedy. In fact HL was the ONLY sitcom to make the top 14 of the Nielsens. Mayberry --a comedy?, I suppose-- was #15. Based on this method, the 5 Best Comedy nominees would have been HL, Mayberry, My 3 Sons, Doris Day and Henry Fonda's "The Smith Family". Of those, I would have to pick HL strictly by default!
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    Yes, I think that's what Ken's going to be talking about on Monday. She criticizes two of the writers of that script in the interview, but apparently it's not Ken and David she's referring to. I think he's going to clarify her comments.
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    LOVE that Paddy Chayefsky quote. My, how things have changed. In 1977 the crowd went wild for his comment, today he would get booed! In his (great) Oscar article, Ken teases that he'll be talking about Kathleen Turner on Monday. I'm assuming it's in reference to a very recent and very bonkers interview she gave to Vulture, where she talks a bit about the screenplay for Jewel of The Nile. If you haven't read the interview yet, it's very worthy of your time. http://www.vulture.com/2018/08/kathleen-turner-in-conversation.html
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    http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-incredibly-stupid-new-oscar-rules.html?m=1 I was wondering when Ken would say something about this.
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    Love this post. I'm in 100% agreement. I know winners feel this urge to use their time to advocate for something, but so often it has no relation to the achievement they've been awarded for in the first place. It all feels very preachy and holier-than-thou at times. I think "Middle America" is pretty tired of having rich people give lectures about what you can or cannot do. In the case of Kimmel, given his past history, it can also feel hypocritical. And I also dislike it when people say celebrities have to to "use their platforms" or else they're useless props. That's bull. If a person is passionate about a particular cause and advocates for it elsewhere, that's one thing, but no one should be obligated to be a spokesperson if they don't want to be. To paraphrase Paddy Chayevsky, winning an Oscar is not a pivotal moment in history, it does not require a proclamation and a simple 'thank you' would suffice. Adore your suggestion of wearing logo-emblazoned clothing to eliminate commercials. I can picture Reese Witherspoon in a red dress with the McDonald's arch on the bodice.
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    I wonder how proportional The Oscars downslide in ratings has been in comparison to the rest of broadcast television steadily losing viewership. Maybe by 2050 the ceremony will be a 10-minute special that takes place during Superbowl Halftime. Audiences are slightly to blame for this. Up until this decade, a decent portion of the year's highest-grossing movies have been Oscar nominees and winners. But now, with the worldwide and domestic Top 10 being relegated to a ghetto of children's movies, superhero bullshit (aka movies for children who are old enough to drive), and all the latest reboots, remakes, revamps, and sequels, it's no wonder The Academy is feeling very little love for "popular" movies today. Just speaking for myself, one big reason I've been turned off by the ceremony lately has been the overwhelming political nonsense. For an event that allegedly exists to honor achievements in filmmaking, it'd be very easy to confuse The Oscars with a crappy White House Correspondent's Dinner. This past year, in his opening monologue, Jimmy Kimmell actually encouraged winners to use their platform to voice their political opinions. Of course you should be allowed to say whatever you want when you get up there, but I continually dread having to hear all these people complain about this and that on national television when they've just won an Oscar. I can't imagine I'm alone in this respect. Concept: To trim down the time of the ceremony, excise all commercial breaks and instead have a mandatory dress code where all attendees must wear clothes that have product logos emblazoned across them.
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  23. I'm glad to see that the Mame cinematographer is still working. Very informative video; but I've never heard "vehicle" pronounced that way!
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    Well my cable was out during the Oscars this year and I didn't feel I missed anything. Looks like I will not be missing anything in the years to come. Part of the problem with the Oscars is that it's been trying to be a few funny gags mixed in with a bunch of people who seem to have a stick up there ass being there. This is why I love the Tony Awards. The whole night seems like a celebration of the industry. It really feels like everyone is having a fun time, the performances are entertaining, the speeches good. For a number of years they were trying to get presenters that would appeal to the masses, but it was Neil Patrick Harris really who turned it into a Broadway love fest and they have been really embracing the idea to just play to the Broadway fans. Emmy's still seem fun but they need to figure out how to categorize better. I don't watch the Grammys as I don't listen to modern music and therefore don't know who half these people are. The Oscars really have a problem that continues even before the Oscars Too White issue. i don't think this is going to fix it.
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    Oooh, I overlooked this in the News section and posted in the Movies area. This is utterly ridiculous. I have hope the backlash is so bad that they will reverse this move.
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    I can see the headlines 10 years from now - "Academy Award Winners Michael Bay, Khloe Kardashian team up for Pride & Prejudice & Zombies remake." Which will undoubtedly win "Most Popular Picture" or whatever they're calling it. Sad state of affairs, indeed. I've had a hard time taking award shows seriously for a few years now, and with these changes, it looks like I may never do so again.
  27. It's official: the world is only catering to the lowest common denominator. With this and the Kennedy Center Honors debacle, I give up. We already have the People's Choice Awards
  28. A new video (or, at least, newly posted) featuring our girl:
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