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  2. Oh that would be wonderful if he could do Billy's show. I got into watching them last spring. Billy seems like such a nice guy. Given his post DDB years he went really far his music.
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  4. Desi does a voiceover promo for Billy Hinsche’s online show. It’s great to hear him. Hopefully he can be a guest with Billy.
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  6. Interesting “Arrested Development” theme for the writers. Maybe Jason Bateman and Will Arnett will play the other Bobs if a sequel is made.
  7. Tubi has 3 seasons of Norm Crosby's The Comedy Shop. One of the comics to come on and do stand up was Sid Gould. I didn't know he did stand up as well. Runs in the family apparently.
  8. Oh, I'm digging Linda as DeDe. That would be fun. As for the rest, except for Rubenstein I don't recognize any of those names.
  9. I predict Linda Lavin as DeDe. Christopher Denham as Fred Ball. Robert Pine as Grandpa Hunt. Clark Gregg as a “red scare” investigator.
  10. Some groovy new casting announcements. https://www.thewrap.com/lucille-ball-biopic-being-the-ricardos-tony-hale-alia-shawkat-jake-lacy-cast/ There are some Lucy-Desi connections in the cast. Robert Pine appeared in The Lucy Showepisode “Lucy Gets Her Diploma” and Linda Lavin worked with Desi in an episode of Alice (produced by Bob and Madelyn). Also, John Rubinstein costarred with Lucie in the National tour of Pippin. I wonder who they are playing.
  11. TJBS is truly an anomaly! Why in hell anyone would "regress" to B&W after converting to color makes no sense, even financially as the show certainly would have been aided, if only a little, in syndication sales the more color episodes it had to offer!! Mind scratching! Regardless, pretty sure it was Antenna TV which revamped it's lineup yet again (starting 1st of April, I think) wherein many stalwarts like Bishop, The Partridge Family, Archie Bunker's Place etc. were pulled in favor of more "recent" (compared to those shows, anyway) dreck like "What's Happening Now", etc. -- with a 2 hour block, yet! Honestly (a la Lucy Carmichael), I can see a run of two episodes (for an hour slot) back to back but I think anything more than that is ridiculous, and a waste when they could be airing another show in that timeslot.... On the upside (IMHO) such "evergreens" as Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie etc. happily remain on the schedule.... (Nicely of note, in the comments FB thread about these changes, many unhappy campers complaining but one person noted they should add TLS/Here's Lucy to the schedule next time to which I say, YES! )
  12. Fun interview with Julie Halston and Jim Caruso. Lucie says that filming on the Being the Ricardos movie started today.
  13. Kate Luckinbill will be on The Today Show tomorrow, March 22.
  14. Since Joey mentioned Tubi...We have that in Australia, but the catalogue doesn’t seem as extensive. I logged on using a VPN and was surprised at how much more “Lucy” content there was. The Australian version only has the two-part “Funny World of Lucy” documentary. Must be a distribution rights issue. But I’m surprised they haven’t secured “Here’s Lucy” given its popularity in this country.
  15. You're probably right. Fewer shows were shot/aired in color in 65-66 than I realized. I always assumed, without any proof, that Dick Van Dyke went into the season knowing it was their last so continued in b/w because of that. I'd forgotten that Jeannie debuted that year and was initially in b/w (on color-pioneering NBC!) --with a different theme song. Me or Antenna is running the mostly-forgotten sitcom "Joey Bishop" which has the unique distinction of going from b/w in its first season to color for seasons 2 & 3, then back to b/w for its 4th and final. Filmed at Desilu, there are a lot of familiar names in the credits including Milt Josefsburg. Nothing is horrible about "Joey B..", but there's no draw either.
  16. The final episode "Lucy Fights the System", a great showcase for Lucie/Kim. And peppered with such great supporting players: Mary Treen, of course, Barbara Morrision, pie throwing Harry Holcome, John "Red" Fox (Danfield's Officer Wilcox), Eddie Quillen, Sid&Vanda and others I recognize but don't know names. Usually crowd scenes on HL feature people that can't even act as in "Milton Berle/Life of Party". To spare expenses, I figure. Maybe by 1974, LBP had made up the lost revenue going over budget on the "Burtons" show. A convenient excuse for Gary to pinch pennies, something I seriously doubt. Kudos to Jack Donahue for the deft pie throwing direction and choreography. Usually shots are framed lazily and give away what's going to happen. Example: Before Lucy throws Eva Gabor's necklace out the hospital window, director cuts to an awkward looking wide shot which telegraphs the bit in advance. But here Donahue does a quick pan from 2-shot of Harry Holcome and Jack Collins (with Gale out of the shot) and follows the pie to Gale's face. It's the perfect ending to the series. Gale's extended reaction is priceless. They must have planned this as the finale though I read somewhere that it wasn't the last one filmed. A couple of things: if Jack Collins has "just turned 40", so have I! I like that they use actual restaurant terms like "the deuce table" to indicate a 2-seater. You wouldn't have heard any acknowledgment of how old Lucy & Harry have become even 2 seasons previous ("There are people who won't do business with us because of OUR AGE"). And no one told writer Bob O'Brien that "the kids" don't wear jeans, faded or otherwise, when they go surfing!
  17. You might right, I don't know. But I personally think why they chose to emphasis on I Love Lucy and not throw in more episodes of The Lucy Show in that particular marathon is because of their perception of the public's fondness and familiarity with ILL and feeling that having more I Love Lucy would draw in more viewers or sustain them unlike The Lucy Show. I could be wrong too. But I've noticed over the years since I became a fan of both shows is that many networks have had that same sentiment/line of thinking, unfortunately. If you noticed back when Nick-at-Nite first added I Love Lucy to their nightly schedule that was when they pushed The Lucy Show from its 11:30pm timeslot to later timeslots in overnight. Aside from weekends and special events here and there, from that point forward The Lucy Show never returned to prime-time or any timeslot earlier than 12:30am. I have always felt that the first three seasons of The Lucy Show had an I Love Lucy feel to them unlike the last two or three seasons of the show. That's not to say the other seasons weren't any good but they were just different as the show evolved. Different background music, different dynamic between the main characters, different writing, different settings and even Lucy's voice was different as it went from her almost "Lucy Ricardo voice" in the earlier seasons to a deeper, huskier one.
  18. I'm pretty sure your date is off as far as your "...in 1965, most (but not all) of the network shows were shot in color" statement; 1966 certainly, but not 1965. "Lucy" may have begun filming in color as early as 1963 in Desilu's prescient nod to the upcoming transition --and realizing they'd garner more for the shows shot in color than B&W in syndication -- but they were definitely in the minority. "The Dick Van Dyke Show", still popular in its last (5th), 1965-66 season would most certainly have converted to color if it was by then commonplace; same with ABC's most popular sitcom, "Bewitched" which did not do so until its 3rd (1966-67) season; similarly, NBC"s "BW"-lite "I Dream of Jeannie" premiered in 1965 in B&W and did not convert, like its Screen Gems sibling "BW", to color until its 2nd (1966-67) season. I'm sure there are multitude other examples I could think of but you get the idea. "Full blown" color broadcasting didn't really occur by all of (then) "The Big Three" (ABC/CBS/NBC) until the 1966-67 season, despite earlier occasional exceptions the season before like the now-iconic 1965 CBS production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella", which proved so popular in the ratings as well as the viewing public that it, along the lines of "Wizard of Oz", became a perennial annual event for the better part of a decade. I'd venture to say that the main reason Paley was loathe to give in and broadcast in color (despite the likelihood there was no stopping its ultimate implementation) was mostly economics, as naturally it was more expensive to shoot in color, particular on film, which by the mid-60s had become the predominant medium in which most primetime television was produced, save perhaps for news and variety shows and daytime television not expected (then) to go into perpetual reruns, thus shot on cheaper to produce (and of course, looked it) videotape... and the fact he hated to "give in" to rival NBC, as they owned RCA at the time and were the chief movers in selling color sets. Thankfully, eventually there was no stopping progress and by 1969/70, color was in full bloom (!) and black and white was primarily old movies on the late show and reruns of certain "old" favorite sitcoms from the early 50s! [In a quasi-related aside, I viewed "Lucy Calls the President" the other night on Tubi, the ONLY "Lucille Ball Production" shot on videotape instead of the usual 35mm film as pioneered by Desilu....while it didn't really deter the enjoyment too much, it still was definitely less sharp on a 45+ inch screen and certainly makes one wonder who's decision to go that route.... after creating, pioneering the process and utilizing it so well for over two decades, it sure was strange that they went against the grain (see what I did there?) in this case. Odd....]
  19. Yes! The John Wayne footprints saga was one of my favorite Lucy moments. Also great to see Fred being involved with part of the shenanigans.
  20. Yes! That’s the museum I looked into to see what they had there. There’s so many articles out here showing what’s still left there. It would be awesome to take a walk through to see it and embrace that history. This was an article that I thought was really cool when I was looking into the Lucy handprints. http://www.imagineeringdisney.com/blog/2013/2/6/what-remains-of-the-1964-65-new-york-worlds-fair.html
  21. When CBS added The Lucy Show to their morning sitcom line up in the fall of 1968 (9am Pacific time), they started with the 2nd season, aired for the first time in color.. I was in school and left my (audio) tape recorder running through "Captain Kangaroo" (8-9am). My mother was not one to watch TV during the day but I remember her telling me she walked through the TV room and noticed Lucy's red hair in COLOR. I knew that Lucy didn't start airing color episodes until season 4. It was years before I found out about the 2nd and 3rd being shot in color but aired in b/w because of Bill Paley's color-STUBBORNESS. CBS was able to air color, pre-1965 because they showed Wizard of Oz annually. In 1965, most (but not all) of the network shows were shot in color. I don't know the percentage of color TVs in use but the number increased post-1965. It was stupid of CBS to refuse to air the episodes in color because it would have been a draw. I've said this many times before but it was a strange (as in different) experience listening to all those early Lucy Shows without the visuals. The 1963 Lucy Show was completely different from the 1968 episodes.
  22. @Neil I'm always fascinated reading about when certain episodes from the second and third seasons finally aired in color for the first time on television. Would love a definitive list. @Harrison I think the decision to largely ignore The Lucy Show during the 8:00-12:00 marathon blocks in 1996 may have been due to the switch back to Nick At Nite's regular schedule. Each night at 12:30, an episode from The Lucy Show was going to air anyway, but shouldn't they have just thrown another Lucy program on at midnight each night and let the event run to 1:00am?... I know they showed "Lucy The Stockholder", "Lucy At Marineland" and - I think - "Lucy Goes To A Hollywood Premiere" after hours that particular week. Those felt a little like an extension of Nick At Nite Loves Lucy but, as stated, "Lucy The Good Skate" was the only one programmed for the actual event.
  23. Re: Harrison's post "a sea of VCR Plus+ codes for people who wanted to program their VHS recorders." I did not know ANYBODY who used this to record shows but various TV listings dutifully included them. "The Lucy Show" has never gotten much respect. "Good Skate" is pretty good for a post Bob-Madelyn episode but I like mainly to marvel at Lucy's physical agility rather than the laughs, though there are some. I don't know who chose "Frankie Avalon" as 1/2 of the Here's Lucys they aired. I wonder, without the high profile glare of the attention of Lucy's big return to TV, if 10 years had been kind to "One Good Grandparent". As I'm sure you all know, a batch of Lucy Shows from previous seasons aired during the summer hiatus between TLS and HL. CBS repeated most of these each summer through 1971 instead of rerunning that season's HLs. The big mystery to me is why CBS didn't take the opportunity to run 2nd season episodes. These did not look dated and it would have been the first time they aired in prime time in color. Instead the chosen episodes were mostly guest star episodes from the Hollywood stretch. As I recall there was only one episode originally aired in b/w: 3rd season's "Mechanical Man". Not bad but most of the 2nd season's were much better.
  24. Walking the grounds is on my borughs of NYC to do list. Some stuff is still there like the Unisaphere and the New York Pavillion they are trying to restore. I also want to check out the Queens museum which is in Flushing Park. My mom spent a summer going to the fair when she was visiting her cousins and I saw her slides. Sadly she did not go on Lucy Day.
  25. Thank you for sharing this! I was curious what I Love Lucy episodes were included in this as well as the sole The Lucy Show one. Now I know! Unfortunately, I didn't see this marathon. Wish I did. I was a casual viewer of both Nick-at-Nite and Lucy at the time and really wasn't a Lucy fan until summer '97. Too bad they didn't have a similar Lucy marathon later on. Oh well, Nick-at-Nite did have other Lucy marathons (such as Lucy's Top 10, Lucy's Greatest Outfits, Whole Lotta Lucy, The I Love Lucy Marathon to the Millennium) but they weren't quite unique as this 1996 one. The Here's Lucy episode selections are so-so but I'm sure fans would have preferred an episode with her long-time sidekick, Vivian Vance, and the most famous one of all - "Lucy Meets the Burtons". And Nick-at-Nite could have shown another The Lucy Show episode in place of Feb. 14th 11:15pm showing of I Love Lucy. And speaking of which it's too bad that Nick-at-Nite didn't air more The Lucy Show episodes in this event as they still had the rights to the series at the time. And it's ironic that less than three months after this event, the show was dropped from their line-up.
  26. I actually repurchased the issue of the TV Guide from this week in 1996 trying to figure out exactly which I Love Lucy's were chosen. I'd forgotten that episode titles and/or synopses weren't always provided... just a sea of VCR Plus+ codes for people who wanted to program their VHS recorders. Anyway, there is a small feature about Lucy mentioning the Nick At Nite marathon, but it's largely an astrology piece! As for the Lucy's Favorite "Lucy's" episodes - from a bit of research and my own memory - this is the best I can do putting together the list of episodes that aired: Monday, February 12, 1996 8:00 I Love Lucy - The Adagio [uncut episode] (VCR Plus+ Code: 925638) 8:30 I Love Lucy - The Ballet [uncut episode] (937473) 9:00 I Love Lucy - The Freezer [uncut episode] (452367) 9:30 I Love Lucy - Lucy Does A TV Commercial [uncut episode] (4630305) - needs confirmation 10:15 Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie (93077183) Tuesday, February 13, 1996 8:00 I Love Lucy - Lucy Is Enceinte [uncut episode] (835597) - needs confirmation 8:30 I Love Lucy - Lucy Goes To The Hospital [uncut episode] (910232) 9:00 I Love Lucy - ?? [uncut episode] (620752) 9:30 I Love Lucy - ?? [uncut episode] (4607077) 10:15 The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour - Lucy Takes A Cruise To Havana (26396874) 11:30 The Lucy Show - Lucy, The Good Skate (319874) Wednesday, February 14, 1996 8:00 I Love Lucy - ?? [uncut episode] (704627) 8:30 I Love Lucy - ?? [uncut episode] (716462) 9:00 I Love Lucy - ?? [uncut episode] (599882) 9:30 I Love Lucy - L.A. At Last! [uncut episode] (4501849) 10:15 Here’s Lucy - Lucy & Joan Rivers Do Jury Duty (6351646) 10:45 Life with Lucy - One Good Grandparent Deserves Another (8112608) 11:15 I Love Lucy - Job Switching [uncut episode] (11829849) Thursday, February 15, 1996 8:00 I Love Lucy - Harpo Marx [uncut episode] (673757) 8:30 I Love Lucy - Lucy And John Wayne [uncut episode] (685592) 9:00 I Love Lucy - Lucy And Bob Hope [uncut episode] (468912) 9:30 I Love Lucy - ?? [uncut episode] (4561221) 10:15 Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie (93915399) Friday, February 16, 1996 8:00 I Love Lucy - Lucy Meets Orson Welles [uncut episode] (542887) 8:30 I Love Lucy - Little Ricky's School Pageant [uncut episode] (554622) 9:00 I Love Lucy - Lucy And The Loving Cup [uncut episode] (264142) 9:30 I Love Lucy - Lucy Misses The Mertzes [uncut episode] (4538993) - needs confirmation 10:15 Here’s Lucy - The Carters Meet Frankie Avalon (6388790) 10:45 The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour - Lucy Goes To Mexico (42217577) If anyone can fill in any blanks or provide any corrections, I'd love to have the complete list.
  27. I can't get my photo bucket app to work anymore. Otherwise I'd be posting pictures. Lucy Day footprint related: The John Wayne shows are two of my favorites. About as overtly larcenous as Lucy ever got. And contains my favorite Ethel/Fred exchange. Fred (focusing camera) Ethel, look at me and smile. Ethel: Make up your mind. I can't do both.
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