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  1. 3 points
    Besides the previously mentioned Dick, Liza, Carol, Carl, and Betty, I would also suggest Diahann Carroll, Bette Midler, Bernadette Peters, Burt Bacharach, and the too controversial Jane Fonda and Woody Allen.
  2. 2 points
    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
  3. 2 points
    I hope Dame Joan Collins has an alibi
  4. 2 points
    From Lucie: Pass the word- I never gave any such interview “after sixty years” nor said that my folks had a “horrible divorce”. Sure, the marriage was painful at times -for all involved, but, their divorce was incredibly amicable and inspiring. They always loved each other. Till the day they both died. The Closer is a rag sheet that I have never wanted to give another interview to after the first article I was misquoted in years ago. Now you know why. But, I am surprised at People.com. One expects better from them. Anyway, sorry it is only online so we can’t wrap fish in it tomorrow. Love that they, at least, spelled my name correctly!😊
  5. 2 points
    Bea popped up on CNN’s History of Comedy tonight!
  6. 2 points
    The legend weighs in on mother and daughter in a new interview: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/07/19/carol-channing-reveals-refused-to-say-f-word-for-laughs.html
  7. 2 points
    I'm up for that. I'm getting there Thursday noonish. Got tickets for Lucie and Lilly. Everything else is flexible. Chris who did the Lucy Comes Home book is going to be at Lucy Lane signing books Thursday and Friday. I can get you better times closer to the date. I want to have a long chat with him about how wonderful his book is.
  8. 2 points
    Lincoln Center is doing a Fred & Ginger film festival (I worship the very ground they tap dance on!) and I saw Top Hat and Follow the Fleet last night. The packed audience didn't realize that was Lucy in Top Hat until after the movie when the director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center mentioned Lucy was the flower shop clerk. Then the audience gasped. Lucy got entrance applause and a lot of laughs in Follow the Fleet. Tomorrow is Roberta!
  9. 1 point
    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
  10. 1 point
    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
  11. 1 point
    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."
  12. 1 point
    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!
  13. 1 point
    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.
  14. 1 point
    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.
  15. 1 point
    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.
  16. 1 point
    I remember my mom putting on “I Love Lucy” each morning when I was young. Just after I turned 5, Lucy passed away, and I remember it being my first real experience of someone I “knew” who died. Really, it was Lucy who taught me about death. That day my mother bought two angel fish for our fish tank, and we named them Lucy and Ricky. But it wasn’t until 2001, when I watched the 50th anniversary special, that I became fascinated by Lucy and Desi’s story and became a true fan.
  17. 1 point
    I will never not find the Entertainment Tonight Bitch Debacle hilarious. RIP Mrs. G.
  18. 1 point
    That makes sense. Well, it's heartening in one way to know that Lucy's image is still enough to sell a magazine, but it's a pity they have to choose such a tabloidy angle. Why not do a career-timeline feature, focusing not just on I Love Lucy but some of her lesser-known works, bring them to the general public's attention? I know negativity sells, but I imagine people would like a little positivity these days as well.
  19. 1 point
    Thanks so much for passing this along! If I were Lucie, I'd go to People to set the record straight! People magazine is usually pretty trustworthy, and if they are looking to Closer for story ideas, they should be aware that it is a rag that gets the story wrong. (Also, what a great opportunity to drum up interest/support for the Lucy/Desi biopic and/or the new book audible recordings .... just sayin'!) Regarding the article not being in print, if you scroll down all the way to the bottom of the Closer online article, you'll see that Lucy and Desi are on the cover of the print edition.
  20. 1 point
    I get the impression that Closer's audience skews older (i.e. retired folks). That's why they feature a lot of older stars (like Betty White) and people from the "golden age" of Hollywood on the cover. Also, they wouldn't feature Lucy on their cover if it wasn't selling magazines. Seems like they do it quite a bit, so those cover stories are obviously performing well ($$$) for them.
  21. 1 point
    She's so over all the yelling. Albert, go eat your lunch!
  22. 1 point
    I don’t care for children as a rule, but this fabulousness made my morning:
  23. 1 point
    I turned on the TV to rather inexplicably see that The Paul Lynde Show was starting. The centerpiece of the episode (which also has Anson Williams two years away from Happy Days) is a TV gameshow hosted by none other than Roy Rowan. It's no surprise that William Asher was a producer and director for the show, which was produced out of a commitment to ABC, who wanted another season of Bewitched.
  24. 1 point
    Well, Kylie Jenner made it onto the Forbes cover as a "self-made" billionaire, as if her Mother's decades-old scorched-earth thirst for publicity and half-sister's sex tape didn't have anything to do with it. Besides Dick Vand Dyke and Liza Minnelli, Carol Channing is the big name that gets brought up, but I think at this rate, if it hasn't happened yet, it never will. Betty White and Carl Reiner, both 96 and fairly spry, seem like ideal choices. Mary Tyler Moore never got honored! I have always wanted Disney composer Richard Sherman to be a recipient. I've also always wanted Garrison Keillor, but I think the ship's really sailed on that one.
  25. 1 point
    This belongs in the "WTF" Thread! I thought I was the only person who was peeved about the Hamilton thing. The damn show is still running. I have a friend who saw it in Chicago a week ago. If they were going to do this, save it for when the cast and creators are a little bit older- say, 92 or so... I bet the Cher segment will be fun to watch. Bob Mackie is going to be working overtime. Reba is the same age as my dad, so it seems weird that she's in a "Lifetime Achievement" stage of her career. She's certainly earned it, though. And at least she's older than 40 (*ahem* Lin Manuel Miranda). Reba's show always had a Lucy-ish vibe to it and I've always been a fan of her music and her standards as a performer.
  26. 1 point
    No disrespect to Mr. Miranda, but not honouring Dick Van Dyke before him is wrong on so many levels. Miranda is very much flavour of the minute. Anything he's involved with will get attention and, therefore, attract viewers. How long before the Kardashians get honoured?
  27. 1 point
    Oh we need a viral video from this festival. Knock down dragout over a leftover Gary toupee?
  28. 1 point
    I will never forgive them for not yet honoring Lin-Manuel Miranda's Mary Poppins Returns co-star Dick Van Dyke.
  29. 1 point
    What kind of sorcery is this? How is Hamilton any more ground breaking then some shows in the past? Liza is never going to get this thing. Oh it should be fun on the Broadway Boards today.
  30. 1 point
    Try this download from my Dropbox account: https://www.dropbox.com/s/d01zyzhsjlmi173/KCard alone.mp4?dl=0 And make that "a scant THREE appearances in the 5th season" (not 2) But she was given very little to do in "Train Robbery" "Bon Voyage" and "Italy Birthday". Again WHY WHY WHY didn't they use her more when they realized what they had? She was brought on just as a utilitarian character, the on-vacation version of Mrs. Trumble---to get rid of Little Ricky, who between naps usually just cried or looked uncomfortable. It was nice to see them (Mathilda and whatever Mrs. M's first name was...do we ever know?) together in one episode "Bon Voyage". Kathryn Card brought SO SO much more to the character. When she's given something to work with, she all but STEALS the entire episode, not easy when you're working with 4 of the greatest. "California Here We Come" and "Hedda Hopper" being her high points. With few episodes under her belt, she became so well remembered that when Lucy wants to bring the 25 pound cheese home from Europe for "someone we all know and love", the audience knows exactly who she's talking about. That tepid 6th season could have used the boost of Kathryn Card energy. I'm not WILD about any of the NYC-based shows except for "Loving Cup" which only stands out among those but is not in the same league as earlier eps. Some NYC-6th eps are OK, but they were definitely off their game. Once they move to the country things improve, but several duffers mar that story arc as a truly classic one like Europe and (especially) Hollywood. Of the "6th seasons" of all her three series, I prefer "Here's Lucy"'s output which contains FOUR of my HL Top Ten, more than any other season: "Wandering Mother" "NG as RN" "Lucy Meets Lucy" and "Fights the System". In "System", HL has the best "last episode" of all three series. In retrospect, was there any reason to leave Hollywood at all? They barely get settled back in their E. 68th apartment before they got ready to set sail for Europe. But not leaving Hollywood would have robbed us of "Sells the Car" and "Train Robbery", two of my favorites.
  31. 1 point
    I'm afraid it's blocked. But what a clever idea. Amazing that her cumulative screen time only adds up to the length of two total episodes. She made such an impression that it seems like much more.
  32. 1 point
    Just for fun, I put together all of Kathryn Card's Lucy appearances into one video and found that the grand total of screen time was about 45 MINUTES, and that includes some discussion about her, her appearance as Minnie Finch and her brief return to the fold in the opening of "Japan". I've said this before but Mrs McGillicuddy was the MOST underutilized player outside the main 4 (close 2nd: Doris Singleton). Kathryn held her own and is the highlight of most of the episodes she's in. The mystery is WHY they didn't use her more. She did 8 half-hours as Mrs. M, her one LDCH and another half-hour as Minnie Finch. Her biggest cluster (4 episodes) was March and April of 1955 in the 4th season. A scant 2 appearances in the 5th ("Train Robbery" and "Italy Birthday"), completely absent from the 6th season. THREE YEARS between Italy and Japan. I love her sleepy phone conversation in Italy and the subsequent where they both end up crying. Those inconsistent youtube copyright officers sent me a note that this video was taken down (when someone's upload of the full episode of "Japan" remains up!). I clicked on it and it worked so maybe they haven't taken it down yet....or maybe they're not going to. So here's the link.
  33. 1 point
    Some of my fondest Lucy memories are when my gram would babysit me at her house. Nick at Nite would almost always be on. The Lucy Show must have been on past my bedtime because I mostly remember watching it at her house. Two episodes I vividly remember watching are "Lucy Meets a Millionaire " and "Lucy Discovers Wayne Newton" (with gram gushing about Newton the whole time).
  34. 1 point
    Isn't it great when you have experiences that recall memories like that? I've never been to Jamestown myself, but I definitely plan on making it there someday.
  35. 1 point
    When I was in Jamestown a few years ago, we drove to see Lucy’s childhood home in Celeron. As we approached the street sign, I immediately had a legitimate flashback to a shot from the 50th Anniversary Special that I hadn’t seen in probably over a decade. It was really bizarre, but as soon as I saw that street sign the whole special came flooding back to me.
  36. 1 point
    This is one of my favorite episodes, one that I re-watch frequently. To me, it perfectly encapsulates how the series had evolved from the first season. Lucy and co. didn't always need a block comedy scene and slapstick, they were equally adept at performing eloquent, sophisticated humor. For a '50s sitcom, I Love Lucy certainly had a number of episodes about suspected marital infidelity. I've always loved the morning routine sequence - the slovenly take 1, and the perfectly rehearsed take 2. So well executed. To this day, I still refer to it as "Hahlf & Hahlf".
  37. 1 point
    "Fan Magazine Interview"---an underrated gem. Probably because there's no big comedy scene. but I'm still AMAZED that this Kathryn Card is the same one who played Mrs. McGillicuddy. Before we had reference books and wide-spread access to the shows, I had no idea this was Kathryn. Just shows what an untapped range she had. Every other sitcom performance of hers ("Burns and Allen", "Dennis the Menace") she's much more like the prim and proper Mrs. M. For Minnie Finch, she seems to be toothless! Only 2 line readings give her away her ties to Mrs. M (inflections in CAPS )"...and Ricky Ricardo came over n' kissed me. and today FIVE YEARS LATER, I get a card asking me for a date." and "(referring to her jealous husband Joe)....he ran out of here FIT TO KILL". (And I like the way Ricky pronounces "Elly-a-nor")
  38. 1 point
    Yes, the doc. The blu ray is a 2 disk set. I haven't had time to watch any of the extras yet, but loved the show.
  39. 1 point
    Sounds like fun! I'm always up for a pitcher of Taco Hut margaritas!
  40. 1 point
    You might have to stick to people already dead for your reboot casting.
  41. 1 point
    Doris Packer gives one of the all time best sitcom performances here. I agree that she was completely misused in her Lucy episodes. The other Dick Van Dyke Show actress who gives a bravura performance is Eleanor Audley as Mrs. Billings, the head of the Parents Council. Luckily, I Love Lucy also showed off her great talents in Lucy Wants to Move to the Country.
  42. 1 point
    Did you happen to see a woman there in dark glasses and black wig? If so, don't go anywhere near her purse. So happy to hear about those entrance applause.
  43. 1 point
    Are you trying to get the censors after us? That sounds like a hilarious episode. I bet Viv's act might have an after hours portion.
  44. 1 point
    Sounds great, but I think I might be more interested in them focusing on just the five years they’ve been following the Queen of Television rather than padding it out with clips we’ve seen before.
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  46. 1 point
    A Hollywood bookshop in Toronto kindly gave me this unusual Long, Long Trailer poster today. I can understand why they felt they wouldn’t be able to sell it...
  47. 1 point
    Continuing with my Wings marathon, Amzie Strickland turned up as a passenger on the plane that Brian had to land, and who dragged a sick Joe out of the bathroom.
  48. 1 point
    Before MTM and Norman Lear re-energized comedy in the early 70s, the networks were riddled with 'snore-coms'. The Beverly Garland era, the birth of triplets (I've never known any triplets in real life, have you?), Fred MacMurray's disinterest in putting anything into the show or his performance made "My 3 Sons" a likely contender of king of snore-coms, but it was by now means the only one. "Family Affair" a production from the "3 Sons" producer, "Petticoat Junction" with June Lockhart, and a host of others. In the last year of the 4-year TLS run M/F on CBS, they followed it with "My 3 Sons" so I watched a couple. They started with the 1965 color episodes when CBS snatched the show away from ABC (and aired it in the same time slot ) but I remember how different these 1965 episodes were (with William Demarest) from the current My 3 Sons. They actually had some COMEDY. "My 3 Sons" did not last long on CBS's daytime lineup. In fact, 1972 was the end of the era of CBS's 90 minute-to-2-hour morning comedy block, which all started with I Love Lucy. The other sitcoms came and went with Beverly Hillbillies, Dick Van Dyke and Andy Griffith lasting the longest, distant seconds to ILL. In the fall of 1972, they were all replaced with game shows. It wasn't until they ran "All in the Family" (in the afternoon) that CBS again had a sitcom on their daytime schedule--and later a surprisingly brief run of Here's Lucy and then MASH. All in Family ran for many years. Between I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy, Lucy was part of the daytime lineup for 12 years--which by my rough math is over 3000 1/2 hr. airings!--and in a piece of math trivia: if these were all first-run episodes at 26 per season they would have run 120 years!!
  49. 1 point
    Heard Carole Cook today on the Sirus Broadway channel belting out Lullaby of Broadway from 42 Street.
  50. 0 points
    Elmarie Wendel, who played Mrs. Dubcek on 3rd Rock from the Sun, has died at 89. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/elmarie-wendeal-dead-3rd-rock-sun-star-dies-at-89-1129144