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Posted by Brock on 22 July 2015 - 07:46 PM
Posted by tjw on 14 December 2014 - 04:30 PM
I do believe some are over-reacting to the idea of colorization.
I sincerely doubt that the entire series will ever be colorized. It's so expensive to do even a single episode, that the idea of doing all 180 (plus 13 hour longs) is mind-boggling...
Secondly, I agree with Brian about it being sad that the original show would disapear... but I fear that there is a greater chance that it might disappear because viewers and advertisers do not want to deal with black-and-white television. I'd rather have people see colorized Lucy than no Lucy at all...
I find it strange that for the past 20 years or so, fans have rushed out and spent a zillion dollars on dolls, plates, and all kinds of other merchandise that has all been colorized... (very few of these items appear in black-and-white), but when someone colorizes the show itself -- in order to give it a bigger, contemporary audience -- people balk...
The black-and-white originals will never disappear -- unless time itself does the damage. The films themselves are now 50-60 years old, and despite being carefully "cared for," they are disintegrating. CBS has been diligently transferring them to whatever new media form comes along, remastering them for future generations... But no one knows what these elements will look like 50 years from now...
But I stand by my earlier posts that say that while the black-and-white programs will live on in home video, little by little they are being relegated to "middle of the night" time slots on local stations and cable outlets. Gone are the days when it aired seven nights a week opposite Walter Cronkite (and often beat Uncle Walter in the ratings). Audiences, advertisers and stations want more modern programs -- in color -- in their prime viewing hours. Happily, some of the local stations still air the series during the day -- I believe a local LA station still airs the show at noon -- but these instances are becoming fewer and fewer...
So pardon me when I am thrilled to see the show be invited back into network prime time, where it continues to earn its weight in rating points... and if the price of admission is colorization, then I am all for it...
Posted by tjw on 01 January 2014 - 03:20 PM
Colorization is very much a subjective and still imperfect art... What one person may love, another rejects totally...
When colorizing the I LOVE LUCY elements, we try to balance three objectives:
(1) Does is look good HERE
(2) What might the Ricardos and Mertzes' apartments, clothes, belongings, etc. have looked like in real life if they existed in the 1950s
(3) What did the actual studio sets, props, costumes, etc. look like
Item #3 is tricky because -- even tho we LUCY fans may relish knowing the exact color/shade that a certain thing was -- we must remember that that color was chosen not necessarily because anyone liked the way it looked, but because of the way that color photographed on black-and-white film. Everything, from props to Lucy's costumes had to be tested and approved for lighting purposes by Karl Freund before it was allowed on the set.
So ... when someone asks "are you sure these were the real colors," I must say, no -- and even if we did know the real colors, that cannot be the sole consideration...
Like I said earlier, it's a subjective and imperfect art... But if colorization gets these shows off the "back burner" and back into the mainstream again -- and keeps them alive for another generation, I am all for it!
Posted by Brock on 04 June 2013 - 01:02 PM
I would like to see the texts she sent Gary.
Posted by C L A U D E on 26 April 2013 - 02:50 AM
Posted by Neil on 30 November 2012 - 01:15 AM
Posted by Neil on 04 October 2012 - 04:28 PM
Only seen the public domain episodes and maybe one or two others. I can't wait! (Though, I think I'm actually more anxious for HERE'S LUCY Season Six, as I have only seen one episode.)
Posted by Brock on 29 December 2016 - 02:54 AM
Shared this on Facebook a moment ago. Otherwise, I am completely at a loss for words -- unexpectedly devastated. I can't imagine what poor Billie and Todd are going through.
When I had the chance encounter with the great Debbie Reynolds in Toronto in the summer of 2010, I was completely starstruck. After a brief chat lasting a second or two, she grabbed me by the shoulders, turned me in the direction of the camera and said, "Darling, look up and into the air!" (Pronounced "aihh.") I thought that might simply have been just a trick she learned at Metro to get a good photo but the more I learned about her and read her own work I like to think it is how the #unsinkable Debbie made her way through life, not with her head in the clouds but with her eyes firmly on the horizon. Sadly, I suppose that horizon became all to bleak yesterday. Six years on -- and still no clearer on just what Debbie was going for that summer night -- I'm making "looking up and into the aihh" a New Year's Resolution.
Posted by JoeyCentralCal on 18 August 2016 - 12:37 AM
It is very sad especially for one so young....but I don't think you should beat yourself up over anything you may have said....we've all said or done things while trying to convey how we feel about something we're so passionate about, it's just human nature.
Wow. How utterly horrible. I am genuinely shocked right now.
I'm sorry to say I wasn't always very cordial to him when he posted, as I'm sure some may have noticed. I let my own petty feelings blind any sense of decency and decorum I could've (and should've) shown instead. You can't imagine how I'm regretting that right now. His passion and enthusiasm should've been respected as much as any other fan, even if I didn't always agree. I hope the assistance I once offered him in setting up a profile picture helped make up for that in some small way.
I'm so sorry, Jonathan, that I didn't let myself get to know the real you because of a silly difference of opinion. Wherever you may be now, I hope you're laughing it up with Lucy in a most colorful fashion! Rest in peace.
Posted by DesiluGower on 17 August 2016 - 03:48 PM
Posted by tjw on 11 April 2016 - 07:36 PM
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Posted by RodMcK1 on 19 October 2015 - 10:05 PM
"The Not-So-Popular Hispanics"
In this special episode of "Here's Lucy," a Puerto Rican family moves in down the block, causing alarm to some of the Carter's closed minded neighbors. To foster tolerance, Lucy reveals that Mr. Carter didn't father Kim and Craig -- their biological father is bullfighter Raphael Delgado.
Posted by HarryCarter on 06 July 2015 - 04:44 PM
Noted for each was their favorite episode. Their CFO Nicole Fabian picked "Lucy Goes to the Rodeo"!!
Posted by Neil on 15 June 2015 - 02:10 AM
....or at least make you feel old.
The premiere episode of I Love Lucy is now as old as Bill Frawley was when the episode first aired.
The Battle of Argonne during WWI mentioned in "Quiz Show" would now be 1982.
Fred's sweatshirt would now read "Golden Gloves 1971"
The "Pioneer Women" bet would now preclude using anything invented after 1964.
"Passports" Lucy Ricardo would now be born in the year 1981 (making her 5 when a little thing called "Life with Lucy" debuted)
Helen Kaiser, if she is to be believed, was born in 1986 (so how does Helen remember "LWL"???)
"Chris's New Years Eve Party" is now longer ago than the very first Chaplin short was when the episode aired.
Man landing on the moon for the first time is now longer ago than Lindburgh's flight across the Atlantic was when the Eagle landed.
The year depicted in the flashback scene in "Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana" would now be 1998.
The year the story of Wildcat unfolded would now be 1967.
"The Good Years" (1900 to 1914) would now be 1953 to 1967.
"Mame" is now as old as "King Kong" was when "Mame" premiered.
In relation to how old "Yours Mine and Ours" is now, a movie that old when YMO actually came out might have been attended by 9-year-old Lucille Ball.
.....and the world keeps a-goin' round!!
Posted by vivfantoo* on 11 October 2013 - 05:40 AM
There is an I Love Lucy fan in the writers room of the show NCIS . I've heard a couple of mentions over the years. The most recent was on 10-1-13. An agent was complaining about having protection detail on a difficult guy who didn't want to be protected. This agent (Fornell), said to another agent (Gibbs) , "Protecting Ricky Ricardo is more than conga drums and Babalu!"
Posted by Brock on 27 August 2012 - 03:31 PM
There are no plans to issue a "complete series set" per se...
Posted by Freddie2 on 27 July 2016 - 06:01 AM
REDHEAD, WHITE, AND BLUE
A series that focuses on our nation's first female president, Lucy Carson who, although well intentioned, is often stymied by the over the top complications that arise when you're in office. Vice Presidential duties are handed over to her lifelong best friend Vivian Comstock. Because Ms. Carson is a widow, the role of First Spouse is left null, with a steady rotation of First Boyfriends taking its place. The thorns in President Lucy's side are the blustery and conservative Speaker of The House, Walter Chapman (Gale Gordon), who has a low tolerance level for wacky shenanigans, and his icy, social ladder-climbing wife Marion (Mary Jane Croft). Lucy's ever-helpful and matronly assistant is Edith Crabtree (Mary Wickes), who is always at Madame President's side with a word of advice and a sarcastic remark anytime Lucy finds herself in a pickle. The man-hungry Secretary of State is Lilith Andersen (Doris Singleton), who is always talking to the president on matters of her affairs, both of foreign policy and homewrecking natures. Lucy is protected by her two bodyguards, Loretta and Barb (Iris Adrian and Jody Gilbert) who constantly argue with each other.
Being the leader of the free world could really get to a person, especially if that person encounters mishaps and mayhem at every turn, but we all know that President Lucy can muddle through with her trademark humor, heart, and henna!
Posted by Luvsbway on 18 January 2016 - 11:59 PM
Thought you might like this side by side comparison to the Victor Borge show.
Posted by tjw on 24 April 2014 - 04:35 PM
Not just the opening... all of the original broadcast elements...
Maybe a person "cannot go home again," but Jonathan and I wanted to present these shows exactly the way the world first experienced them back in the 1950s. And for the most part, we have been fairly successful. On the other hand, many people have told us, "I grew up watching these shows with the heart-on-satin openings and closings, and those make the show special for me." So for those people, THAT format is available also...
Sorry about the price tag. But I can attest to the fact that we/CBS spent a lot of money producing this set... I hope that everyone that does buy the set enjoys it!