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  1. 4 points
    HAHAHA!! (Sandy Duncan)....If Barbara Pepper was around, I would suggest her as a Rosanne replacement. Or our own Jody Gilbert. I don't know current entertainers! The rest of the cast is so strong I think they might possibly be able to do it without Rosanne. Darlene could carry the sarcastic wisecrack load. There are so many ways they could get rid of Rosanne: "Rosanne overstays her time at a tanning salon right before a "Make America Great Again" rally, is mistaken for a "woman of color", gets roughed-up by Trump's fans and, along with a busload of "dreamers", is deported to Honduras"
  2. 4 points
    The ski pole stabbing story is just crazy. I wish he would have been a permanent boyfriend. He was so sweet with her and they were super cute. You felt like those 2 characters could have been more than a flavor of the week.
  3. 3 points
    Love the "Lucy in London" pic. I love all pics from LIL. She seems so "vibrant". I had recently watched the fascinating "Making of LIL" documentary. Lucy had such incredible energy. It was a hard shoot and they had very little time. Apparently to shoot at Madame Tussaud's they had to wait until it closed and worked the entire night so they all (including Lucy, we assume) had a sleepless night. If Lucy was suffering from fatigue, it did not show on-screen. Too bad the 'punting on the Thames' scene didn't work out better. I've never heard an explanation of why it's so clumsily edited. (and why a shot of Lucy swimming in the Thames, which I saw as stills, wasn't included). I attended the premiere in LA with Steve Binder, but didn't know how to ask that question without it seeming insulting. You'd think that Lucy and CBS would have been happy with the high rating LIL got (#3 for the week? citation needed: Harry?) but the lukewarm critical response meant the end of the "Lucy In______" ideas. For her second special she was contracted for that season, she just reran "The Lucille Ball Comedy Hour" from 1964, rather than produce something new. Other than the Thames scene and perhaps an overlong (to me) Newley concert at the end, it's wonderful. And we all owe a HUGE thank you to Tom Watson and crew for not only giving us a long-awaited pristine copy of LIL, but going above and beyond with the "making of" documentary. When we got season 4 of The Lucy Show DVD release, I wasn't confident they would go ahead with Season 5, since practically all of those episodes were in public domain and the poor-quality 16mm prints were sold over the years, packaged in so many different (and usually deceptive) ways. Including "Lucy's LOST Episodes" with a pic of Lucy Ricardo as the cover art. (Now THAT'S shameless). The fact that Lucy trusted these LIL production people, not her usual Desilu crew, and went out on a limb is even more amazing when you consider how relatively safe and often mundane the episodes of "The Lucy Show" had become. (If she liked these writers so much, why didn't she hire them for TLS or HL?)
  4. 3 points
    As should be clear from the title, this is not "I Love Lucy Live On Stage". But it is a comedy. It's all the crazy, funny behind-the-scenes stories they never properly tell in the TV movies about how the show originated, how they got CBS to accept Desi, how Lucy and Desi ended up owning the show, how Viv and Bill were cast, how they got CBS to let them do the pregnancy episodes, where the theme song came from, how they invented the rerun, and much, much more! Starring Sarah Drew (Grey's Anatomy) and Oscar Nuñez (The Office). Lucie Arnaz was kind enough to act as my technical advisor on the script. There will be just five performances, and you can use the code COPA for $15 off on tickets at LATW.ORG What's not to like?
  5. 3 points
    Agreed. And isn't that enough? Why must the insensitivity/meanness of real-life Rosanne Barr be more important than what the show portrayed? Other than the last 'winning the lottery' season, I was a regular watcher of the original "Roseanne". I had a vague knowledge of the behind the scenes turmoil: in-fighting, firings, ego-problems. But it never showed in the final product. "Roseanne" was TV's most accurate portrayal of lower middle class struggles. And it was consistently FUNNY. Thanks to, among other factors, Roseanne Conner's sledge-hammer wisecracks. I enjoyed the reboot so much I'm hoping ABC will reconsider the cancellation. As I stated, I haven't read her tweets but I've seen her Ambien-blamed apologies. Roseanne Barr may be racist but Roseanne Conner shows love to her mixed-race granddaughter, judging by the opening credits sequence. We haven't seen much of her in the show. Maybe ABC will consider continuing it with a 'mea culpa' episode in which Roseanne says something racist and it gets back to her son and granddaughter forcing Roseanne to confront her views head-on and see the error of her ways.
  6. 3 points
    Geez Louise. She had a perfectly good thing going and she has to ruin it for everyone because she can't keep her foot out of her mouth. Dear celebrities: it is possible to have an unexpressed thought or opinion. Not everything that crosses through your minds has to end up on Twitter. Better to sleep on it than say or do something permanently stupid. I liked the show. Thought it was a nice change of pace from other contemporary fare. Now she's put the rest of her cast and crew out of work. Nice one, Rosie.
  7. 2 points
    If they can do "Valerie" without Valerie Harper, "Rosanne" without Rosanne Barr, why not.... "Here's Lucy" without Lucy, the sequel series entitled "Lucy's Family" Lucy Carter gets her dream job of secretary to the stars. Since the new job involves a lot of travel, she sublets her Valley Lawn Drive house to Mary Jane. After MJ divulges what really took place with her boss on that Santa Barbara trip, he is fired from the firm and disbarred, leaving Mary Jane jobless. Desperate for a quick replacement, Harry hires her--and soon regrets it. Once Lucy's relatives hear that she has vacated her house, both Lucy's mother Dede Hinkley (Elvia Allman) and brother Herb move in, despite Mary Jane's reservations. With too many Hinkleys underfoot, Kim moves in with Uncle Harry. Meanwhile, newlyweds Sam and Vanda buy the house next door to Lucy's. Stories involve Harry adjusting to his new secretary, even daffier than the one she replaced; veil-taking confirmed-bachelor Harry's sudden father-figure role with Kim at home; and Mary Jane's constant battles with the freeloading Hinkleys aided by neighbors Sam and Vanda. (Despite Mary Jane Croft being elevated to a starring part in this series, she's still listed under "with" in the closing credits.) A "Lucille Ball Production" (LBP, Inc.) I expect "MOT" to flesh this out!!
  8. 2 points
    I hope somebody preserves this somehow before it gets cut. Sounds...intriguing. The scene description sounds like it could've been the plot for a lost Here's Lucy episode.
  9. 2 points
    In Lee's book is the most of heard about Gary's mom and his sister Helen. Seemed Helen was around at times. Also it might be in a letter I posted here but Lucy talks about the Jewish mother ideal and that she liked what it meant.
  10. 2 points
    Ethel and third husband Bob Six on Person to Person. I don't know what's stranger, the fact that Ethel's son calls his stepfather "Mr. Robert" or the side of beef that Bob Six barbacues.
  11. 2 points
    Ann-Margaret and Craig could do a variation of the "Rock Sisters" segment that Lucy did on Carol Burnett's show. When Justin Bieber's opening act, "The Six Bare Feet" cancels at the last minute because their podiatrist schedules emergency hammer-toe surgery (they never fully recovered from that saxophone mishap), Justin's producer has to come up with a new act on the spot. Viewing a tape of Ann-Margaret and Craig doing "Country Magic" and no time to audition, he hires them sight unseen, not realizing the clip is almost 50 years old. Imagine his chagrin (and the Bieber audience reaction) when 78 year old Ann and 65 year old Craig show up in those same costumes ready to "frug" their way through the number once again!
  12. 2 points
    Love, Lucy will be released on audiobook on August 18... and voiced by Lucie! 😃
  13. 2 points
    I'd like to think Judy Garland was waiting to greet him with a lollipop in hand. You're absolutely right about his immortality, Freddie. Nobody will ever forget him.
  14. 2 points
    Oh, Roseanne, why couldn't you keep your big tweeting bazoo SHUT?!! I have not read her tweets, nor do I care to, but cancelling her show? Her NUMBER ONE show?? This is unprecedented in the history of television! But just about everything that has happened in the last two years has been unprecedented. It's ironic that people suffer the backlash of their tweets and rants except one: the president of the US. Not excusing them, just pointing out the garlic-sandwichy subtle irony. For a performer/producer so racist and bigoted, the Roseanne Show has been pretty even-handed dealing with politics. You've got Jackie promoting the "other side". Roseanne's pro-right cracks make her character look ridiculous and I thought that was the point: that she was satirizing herself. What about the episode where Rosanne is spying on her Muslim neighbors? That vignette ended with both parties admitting they were just scared of each other or did I miss some underlying anti-Muslim message? If tweeting had been popular in the 50s: can you imagine the bigoted profanity-laden blasts that would have come from our own Bill Frawley? I for one, can ignore the real-life Rosanne with her Grand-Canyon mouth and enjoy the show. I fear the backlash from the bullying right who claim to be the actual persecuted ones, will use this as proof.
  15. 2 points
    Well, that was fun. Let's revive The Cosby Mysteries now. http://deadline.com/2018/05/roseanne-canceled-barr-abc-racist-tweets-1202399123/
  16. 1 point
    Love the idea of Mary Jane playing all of her Lucy characters in one episode. Try doing that with Frank Nelson...yeeeeeesh! "The Dinner Party" - Hoping to get better acquainted with their neighbors, the Hinkleys plan a dinner party and invite Sam, Vanda, Harry, Kim, Viv and Carol. Not much liking the Hinkleys, Viv and Carol scheme to scare them off by disguising Cynthia (Carole Cook) as Lucy, arranging for her to "return home" and order her freeloading relatives out midway through dinner. Unbeknownst to them, Harry and Kim have come up with a similar plan involving a wax model head of Lucy that Harry found on eBay, sculpted by the famous Golddaper. The Hinkleys get the fright of their life at dinner when confronted with two Lucys, and the sight of the wax one melting before their eyes (Mary Jane knocked over a candle and set it on fire) only scares them even more. Just when everyone thinks they're rid of them, however, the real Lucy pops in ("I forgot my lipstick") and the plan is exposed.
  17. 1 point
    OK, well how about this one? (Remember the premise is the Mary Jane sublet Lucy's house. Lucy is traveling as 'secretary to the stars'. Kim has moved in with her Uncle Harry. The Hinkleys: Lucy's mother Dede and brother Herb have moved in with Mary Jane but want the house) “MARY JANE MEETS HER MATCH” The conniving Hinkleys overhear Mary Jane reciting her “I am beautiful….. because I have an inner glow” mantra and perceive (not without cause) this as an onset of senility. They figure this is just what they need to gain conservatorship over Mary Jane and ownership of the house and alert the authorities. Sensing a possible negative outcome for Mary Jane, Harry and Kim see a picture in the paper of visiting socialite Cynthia Harcourt, notice the distinct resemblance and hatch a plan. Meanwhile the Harcourts, eager to take in LA nightlife, visit the Royal Club featuring headliner “Miss Pat, the Hip Hypnotist”. Reluctant Cynthia becomes part of the act. Miss Pat plants the suggestion in her head that when she hears a chipmunk voice, she’ll go from sophisticated to daffy. (insert “uh-oh” laugh) The next day, to gain access to the Harcourt’s Beverly Palms suite, Harry and his “spoiled daughter” Kim represent themselves as West Palm Beach yacht owners wishing to sell, and schedule the Harcourts to come over to the Valley Lawn Drive house to seal the deal during the time set for Mary Jane’s court-ordered psychological evaluation (sending Mary Jane out on a wild goose chase errand) in the hopes that the mental competency assessors will evaluate Cynthia instead of Miss Lewis. All goes as planned until Mary Jane unexpectedly returns early from her errand and squeaks out: “Harry, I couldn’t find any wild geese on Echo Park Lake”. Insert “boing” sound-effect as Cynthia goes so wild-eyed that she and Mary Jane become indistinguishable, eventually harmonizing a pitch-challenged version of “Organically Yours” together, leaving all confused and Mr. Harcourt not sure of which one to take home. FADE OUT. TAG SCENE: New neighbors, New England transplants, the Foster twins, Audrey and Betty (now Simmons and Ramsey) arrive to invite the Valley Lawn household to a get-acquainted dinner party---prompting the assessors and the Hinkleys to scream and scurry out the door in horror! Harcourt hastily picks a “Cynthia” at random and leaves, hoping for the best. Harcourt: Hy Averback. Competency assessors: Barbara Morrison, Florence Bates.
  18. 1 point
    Well know I want to know more.
  19. 1 point
    In this article Patty tells the entire story of how her romance with Desi Jr. started and about the birth of Sean. Lots of good stuff here. I remember how the whole thing started, with a television appearance and a phone call. I’d been on The Merv Griffin Show, I’d lost weight, my hair was very full and very sexy, I looked quite good. A couple of days later I got a message that Desi Arnaz Jr. had called. I knew he was Lucille Ball’s son, but I’d never met him. I had no idea why he’d called, so I ignored it. A few days later there was another message, this one saying that Desi wanted to talk about my doing some recording. But when I returned the call the first thing he said was, “We’ve never met but I saw you on The Merv Griffin Show, and what can I tell you? You looked magnificent, you’re so pretty,” and so on and on. After I thanked him, he asked me if I’d recorded recently and said that now that he was producing as well as working with his group, he’d love to get together and talk with me about it. We agreed to meet Friday night. I thought I was going to a strictly business dinner. Friday night came and Desi showed up in his Aston Martin, and I didn’t immediately think, “Wow, what a great-looking guy.” I was just waiting to talk records. I don’t know why I asked him this question, but at one point I said, “How old are you?” and he said, “Nineteen.” We drove to another house to meet a couple of his buddies, then on to dinner to La Scala, where Desi drank, and there was a little talk about records but not much. When he drove me home he asked if he could see me to my door. I asked if he wanted a drink, and he said, “Well, maybe I’ll have a little nightcap.” We sat around for a while, just chatting, and that was the first time it hit me that I was on a date. I’m a little slow about these things sometimes. Desi called the next day and sounded different, more personal. We agreed to have dinner Monday, and it quickly became apparent that records were the furthest thing from his mind. It was the beginning of the romance. Though I’ve at times hesitated to say it, the truth is that I loved Desi Arnaz very much. Almost immediately we became the media couple of the moment. Not only were we both young and attractive, but having grown up in the public eye, we were both celebrities, lovers who needed no introduction. We were like a kiddie version of Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher: The fan magazines just couldn’t get enough of the story. Though Desi did his share of drinking, overall his life was very healthy, full of tennis, touch football, bicycle riding and waterskiing. At the time I wondered how he was able to throw back so many gin and tonics and smoke so many cigarettes and still be able to get up the next morning and handle all that activity. The secret was that while I was 23, Desi was only 17. Once I discovered how young Desi really was, I was shocked, but that was nothing compared to the reaction Lucille Ball had when she found out we were seriously involved. I’ve raised kids who are now in their 20s, and if one of them had come home at age 17 with a 23-year-old divorcée and gone up to his room with her, I would have died too. So I hold no grudge against Lucy for that kind of initial reaction. I do, however, still feel bitterness for the sorrow that she caused me by steadfastly refusing to see that I had only the best intentions toward her son. The romantic intensity between Desi and me was very great, but we hadn’t been together for more than two or three months before it was broken up for the first time. Lucy accomplished that with a series of ultimatums: Either he stopped seeing me or he was out of the house, he was out of the will, they’d do something to me because I was screwing around with jailbait, whatever. I went into hiding for a while, then I called Desi and, not surprisingly, cried a lot. The family was going to Hawaii, and I begged to go, but he said no, I couldn’t. But I followed him there on my own, which absolutely enraged Lucy. Later, we began getting together again, though not so much in public because we didn’t want his mother to get furious. Our situation never returned to the way it was before Lucy’s ultimatums, and one of the reasons had nothing at all to do with either of them. During my period of hiding, after that initial break, I’d met and had a brief secret affair with John Astin, the actor. He was separated from his wife and children, and when he told me he was going back to his family, I thought that was the end of it. I didn’t know how much I cared for John, and I certainly didn’t know that just before we split up I had conceived our son Sean. From the moment my pregnancy became public knowledge, the question of who the father was was on everyone’s lips. The fan magazines really had a field day. There was such a glut of stories that you couldn’t go into a supermarket without seeing the headlines or collages of pictures of me and Desi or me and Lucy that looked as if we might have been together, although we really weren’t. My crime during that time—and it was indeed a crime—was that out of fear I allowed people to assume the baby was Desi’s when I knew otherwise. There were times when I would nod in agreement or say something in such a way that, without straight-out declaring, “This is Desi’s kid,” I was implying as much. And I took no active part in disclaiming Desi as his father, which when you get right down to it was just as bad. [In fact, Patty deliberately avoided telling Desi and his family that the baby was not his.] The motive for my behavior was all kinds of terror. I was unmarried, pregnant, and I thought, “I can’t tell John [Astin], he’ll throw me over and then where will I be? Desi doesn’t seem to mind the way things are, maybe I can just leave it alone and it’ll go away.” I was out of touch with reality, allowing the world to believe what it wanted to believe. When I went into the hospital to deliver Sean, Lucie Arnaz [Desi’s sister] came and sat with me. We had been friendly off and on, and I think she felt there should be someone with me, and she seemed the logical choice, given that my mother was in New York. I was in ecstasy over my son, but there was a kind of melancholy that went along with it because I was alone. Without grandparents oohing and aahing, especially with no husband, I felt the picture wasn’t exactly the way it was supposed to be. In fact I felt like a scarlet woman. I’d like to be able to say I was more sophisticated than that and had a truer grasp of what was important, but I didn’t. I felt outcast and unclean, as if I really didn’t fit anywhere. These folks didn’t want me. My mother wasn’t there. My sister wasn’t there. My brother wasn’t there. And there I was, like Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, dependent “on the kindness of strangers.” It had been a pattern of my life, so part of me was accustomed to things being that way, but how the baby would fit into this pattern presented a new wrinkle. I must say though that Desi Sr. came to see the baby along with his wife, as did Lucie Arnaz with her husband, all behaving as if he were part of their family. Lucille Ball, however, did not come to the hospital, which, considering the media circus, was probably wise. There were so many photographers around that Sean’s name couldn’t be used on his little bassinet or on the bracelet they put on his wrist. Lucille had tried very hard to be kind when I was pregnant, since everyone thought Desi was the father, but in the end she was not going to sacrifice her son by giving her official sanction to the relationship. I was not her idea of how Desi was going to spend his life. Although I have always been hurt by the speculations about Sean’s parentage, not the least of those affected by the cloud I created has obviously been Sean himself. He is of course well aware of all the rumor and the scandal, although when he was little he used to get confused. He’d watch I Love Lucy, and when Desi Sr. came on he’d say, half horrified, “Mom, that one?” Or he’d get Desi confused with all those other Hollywood “juniors;” once Sean saw Sammy Davis Jr. on some show and said, “Now, that’s the guy everyone thinks is my father, right?” In truth I had thought about marrying Desi as a way out, if nothing else, but he’d told me specifically that he wasn’t interested, that he never wanted to get married to anyone. I’m sure there were times when he thought the baby was his as well as times when he was convinced it wasn’t, but either way he definitely didn’t want any part of that whole scene. It had been a great game for a while. He didn’t want to play anymore.
  20. 1 point
    Some dollar amounts in Lucy's career don't sound like very much, until you calculate for inflation. All that follows is in 2018 dollars (unless noted): Lucy's initial 1933 Goldwyn Girl salary was $2,900 a week. (if she was paid 52 weeks of the year that's an annual take of $151,000!) Her initial Columbia salary was $935 a week. (annualized: $48,600, a comedown from Goldwyn but still: ain't hay! especially for the depression. ) By the end of Lucy's RKO contract, she was making $54,000 a week ($2.8mil a year, again assuming she got paid for all 52 weeks). I think her MGM contract paid the same. ($3,500/wk in 1942 dollars). She was at one time making $1,500 a week at RKO and that's still an impressive $27,000 a WEEK today. ($1.4million for 52 weeks). Desi bought the Chatsworth house for $322,000 in 1941. Her 3 picture deal at Columbia called for $884,000 for "Miss Grant", "Fuller Brush Girl" and her budget-busting salary for her "Magic Carpet" SUPPORTING role. Lucy sold Desilu in 1967 for $128million "Wildcat" was backed with a budget of $3,000,000. In the end, they (Desilu, the backer) had to refund $1,400,000 on advance sales when Lucy closed the show. Top ticket price for Wildcat was $80 (Saturday night; orchestra seating) The weekly budget for "The Lucy Show" in 1966 was $696,000. The longer a show ran, it got a boost in budget every year so I don't know what CBS was paying for Here's Lucy by 1974. That's one of the reasons still highly-rated, but older-audience-skewing series like "Red Skelton" and "Jackie Gleason" were cancelled. Lucy and Desi's combined salary for "Long Long Trailer" was $2,300,000, 16% of its budget of $14,000,000; grossed $47,000,000. "Yours Mine and Ours" had a budget of $19,000,000 and grossed $195,000,000 (LLT and YMO movie budgets and grosses based on wikipedia information. A direct comparison between the grosses then and the grosses today is not fair because I think movie ticket prices have outstripped inflation) A Don Loper original would be $4,700 today. No wonder Ricky through a fit! ("Does Loper know any numbers besides 4-7-0-0 ??") The amount Lucy and Ethel would have to raise to fund their portion of the Europe trip: $28,000!
  21. 1 point
    There's this MAHVELOUS little world called Amazon(.com) where you can often find the most of obscure of goodies, not that two of these three are all that "obscure", as they're readily available there, along with no doubt several other places, both brick & mortar (less and less, unfortunately) and primarily, online like Barnes & Noble, Second Spin, eBay and many many more. "Lucy Upsets the Williams Household" is on the Season 6 DVD release of MRFD. Here's the link to it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Make-Room-Daddy-Season-6/dp/B000X73NEK/ref=pd_sim_74_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B000X73NEK&pd_rd_r=02RJ5VY1RRG7P6GCGKW5&pd_rd_w=v5IDK&pd_rd_wg=DksPK&psc=1&refRID=02RJ5VY1RRG7P6GCGKW5 "Make Room for Granddaddy - Lucy and the Lecher " is one of the many glorious bonus features on the Season 3 "Here's Lucy" DVD released by MPI Home video, and produced by my GAB Guys George Ridjaneck, and Garret Boyajian. This can be found as a single season release or in the compiled "box set" of all six seasons in one collection, containing all the same features and bonuses as the original releases so no, there's no extra "bonus" disc if you buy the box over the single seasons but it is nice to have them all collected together in one box...and if I may say, any true, die-hard Lucy fan should own all six of these HL seasons (or the complete box) as they're WUNDAFULLY restored, look glorious, are not syndicated edited versions and the bonus features are amazing, containing a lot of rare stuff seen no where else... check 'em out! Complete Series: https://www.amazon.com/Heres-Lucy-Complete-Lucille-Ball/dp/B00GS08Z9E/ref=sr_1_3?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1528561552&sr=1-3&keywords=here's+lucy+complete+series+dvd Season 3 only: https://www.amazon.com/Heres-Lucy-Season-Lucille-Ball/dp/B003CJXJ4A/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1528561611&sr=1-1&keywords=here's+lucy+series+dvd+season+3 As for the Ann Sothern Show, that's proving a bit trickier to find. I know I've seen it, I don't think I ever got it and it may or may not be on one of the many public domain releases of TASS/Priviate Secretary but I can't at the moment locate one that has this episode on it. I wouldn't be surprised however to find it on YouTube and/or other online resources, I need to keep looking as I'd love a good copy of that myself. Happy Shopping!
  22. 1 point
    That meat! Something makes me think this guy never cooked anything on that grill. And in a suit.
  23. 1 point
    Their faces were put on hot and ran.
  24. 1 point
    Another ratings nerd! I didn't know there was another one---besides Harry Carter and me. We've been compiling what we can find and I'll post now that I know there's interest. I'm not as interested in more recent ratings----once there were all these fledgling networks and other methods of viewing. I don't see how ratings today can be anywhere close to accurate. That was indeed a fun fact. Would Here's Lucy's 73-74 #29 ranking, and a rating of 20.0 be #1 today? Ratings through a lot of the 60s were based on a two-week average (so "the Lucy Show" AND "Lucy in London" made the same top 10), so here's a couple of ratings fun facts from our research: The first run of The Lucy Desi Comedy Hour as a 13-week series was in the summer of 1962, the first of 5 summers CBS ran it. It's first outing scored a #6 for the week. Episodes: "Lucy Makes Room for Danny" and "Havana". This was the 4th or 5th time many of these episodes had been shown. TLDH has the distinction of having the most prime time runs of any show: 7 to 10 airings by the time CBS retired it in 1967. Another distinction: the last b/w series any network aired in primetime. Pretty impressive. "The Lucy Show"'s premiere on Oct. 1, 1962 was a runaway hit at #1. It was to be overtaken as "show of the year" by Beverly Hillbillies but finished the season at #4. "Lucy's Roommate Carol Burnett" from the 5th season was #1 for the week. Though TLS ratings were always stellar, I'm not sure it was #1 for the week between these 2 episodes.
  25. 1 point
    My husband can use the help. The cat is lazy and I think is drinking on the job.
  26. 1 point
    Hey ratings nerd, wanna come be my intern? Ratings are the part of my job I just rather not deal with.
  27. 1 point
    Tiffany Haddish counts Lucy as among the women she most identifies along with a host of African American icons. She's in very good company! https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/06/tiffany-haddish-answers-the-proust-questionnaire
  28. 1 point
    I can't remember seeing an uncropped version of this great photo before.
  29. 1 point
    Russell Nype and Elaine Stritch do 'You're Just in Love." Nype was the co-star of Bob & Madelyn's Dorothy starring Dorothy Loudon.
  30. 1 point
    It's the online sites like Amazon and Netflix that never release numbers.
  31. 1 point
    Soap’s Robert Mandan died at 86, and Call Me Madam’s Russell Nype died at 98. I had NO idea either of them were still with us!
  32. 1 point
    Mary Jane had a #metoo moment. And that name, DeDe Hinkley. They need an episode where Craig unexpectedly shows up. Maybe he dropped out of college to join the competive surfing circuit in Australia and hasn't been heard from in years.
  33. 1 point
    Still chuckling about the Sandy Duncan idea....Good one! If "Valerie" can survive without Valerie, "Roseanne" should be able to give it a go without Roseanne. The supporting cast is so much stronger than those on the the trifle "Valerie". With the addition of Darlene's kids and DJ with his child and so-far-unseen wife (is her name IRMA?), there's a host of storyline possibilities. I don't remember what the dispute was with Valerie Harper and "Valerie"--most likely $$$, but never again would a star think themselves invinsible even if the series title is THEIR NAME. Valerie Harper was a major talent and a sitcom natural who should have had a hit show post-Rhoda but once Justin Bateman became popular, didn't the "Valerie" storyline focus shift to him? Does anyone remember how they explained Valerie's absence? In a fiendishly show of revenge, the producers eventually had Valerie killed off. To add insult to injury, the ratings for the "Valerie's Family" incarnation sans Valerie went UP without her. And to add even further insult, Valerie's next series attempt 4 years later, CBS's "City" (a good show as I recall), debuted mid-season opposite NBC's "Hogan Family" and lasted only 2 months, even though "Hogans" was cancelled by NBC at the end of that season (89-90) only to be picked up by CBS for one more season: a respectable 5 year run for a forgotten (except for behind-the-scenes shenanigans) series. MaryTMoore, Valerie, Dick Van Dyke, Danny Thomas, Sid Caesar, Bob Newhart, Betty White, Milton Berle,George Burns, Phil Silvers, Carol Burnett, Raymond Burr, Andy Griffith, Jason-Michael-Julia of Seinfeld, even Sandy Duncan!: They ALL had their humbling "Life with Lucy" experiences and some had more than one. Very few did not. In fact I can't think of any. "There's (INDEED) no business like show business like no business ......"
  34. 1 point
    2017-18 TOTAL VIEWERS 1. Big Bang (CBS); 2. Our Miss Brooks (Decades)*; 3. Rosanne (ABC); 4. This Is Us(NBC); 5. NCIS(CBS) 2017-18 ages 18-49 1. NBC Sunday Football; 2. This is Us; 3. Rosanne; 4. CBS Thursday Football; 5. Big Bang How is it possible there are 208 shows listed in the top to bottom ratings?? And this is not counting in HBO or SHOWTIME series. *Just kidding!!! #2 is NBC Sunday Night Football. (Did I fool anyone for just a second?) I'm so out of it I didn't realize there was that much prime time football, taking up 4 slots in the top 10 of total viewers. Nor do I understand the appeal: after all, it's the SAME PLOT over and over again.
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    MAJOR MISPRINT (I ASSUME.....!!!) in the great book "The Carol Burnett Show Companion" by Wesley Hyatt. I like that at the end of each season, he does a season recap, complete with ratings for that year and what awards it was up for. At the end of the 69-70 season (The CB Show's highest ranking by far: #13), he writes that the Golden Globes seemed to have great affection for the CBS comedy "The Governor and JJ" which bested The CB Show as best comedy. Julie Sommers won over Carol for Best Television Actress, Musical or Comedy. He goes on to write "Clearly the Globes had an inexplicable fondness for "Governor and JJ" despite the cancellation after less than a year and a half on the air, as its male lead, Dan Daily, won for Best Television ACTRESS, Musical or Comedy as well" !!! Apparently Lucy Carter's post-cancellation poison pen letter had some effect. For the record (for us ratings buffs), Carol's 11 seasons had the following rankings in the Nielsens: Mondays at 10...Season 1(67-68): #27; 2(68-69): #24; 3(69-70):#13 (CBS's entire Monday night line-up made the top 13!); 4(70-71):#25 Wednesdays at 8: 5(71-72):#23; 6(72-73):#22 (moved to Saturday at 10 in December, where it would spend the next 5 seasons) Saturdays at 10: 7(73-74): #27 (and may I point out this is only 2 rankings higher than the--supposedly-- cancelled "Here's Lucy" ending its run that season at #29); 8(74-75):#29 (ahem); 9(75-76):#29(ahem, again); 10(76-77):#44(double ahem & cough); 11(77-78):#64 This last year CB had 3 separate time slots. It was kicked off Saturday nights by the escapes-me popularity of ABC's Love Boat, moving to Sunday at 10, with its final 2-hr. retrospect airing Wednesday 8-10, then after a 2 1/2 month break, reruns were shown Wednesday at 8. While the ratings of that last season tanked, the last show expanded to 2-hours ended up #14 in that week's ratings. Carol, in her tearful good-by, said that ending the series was her idea and had NOTHING to do with the ratings, though with only 71 total series in 77-78, her #64 showing placed The Carol Burnett Show in the BOTTOM TEN shows for the season. The Carol Burnett Show was no ratings bonanza, but despite having 3 separate time slots (not counting last season), 8 of its 11 seasons were very steady in the 20s in addition to its third season at #13. Its fall out of the 20s in the 76-77 season was the result of a sudden shift in audience's tastes. Gone from the top 10 were Phyllis, Rhoda, Maude and All in the Family (though Family bounced back) replaced by Happy Days, Three's Company and Laverne and Shirley. The high-touted, Emmy-showered Mary Tyler Moore ended its 7 year run at #35!! In the 75-76 season while Rhoda(#7) and Phyllis(#6) were in the top 10, MTM had dropped to #19. (NOTE: I can NEVER stay on topic!)
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    Saturday: NEW episode of Dave’s Gone By (#653 – “A Little Bit of Luck”) Featuring: Rabbi Sol Solomon chats with actor LAURENCE LUCKINBILL (The Shadow Box, The (original) Boys in the Band, Lyndon). Plus: Inside Broadway and more! Watch live, Sat, June 2, 11-2pm(Eastern) on the radiodavelefkowitz FB page or via the Dave's Gone By website.Says Rabbi Sol about this week’s show: “I know from experience that it takes mucho courage to stand onstage in a one-man show, but Tony nominee Laurence Luckinbill has thrived in solos about the likes of LBJ and Clarence Darrow. Can the Lubavitcher Rebbe be far behind?”
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    Coming this summer Funko is releasing 4 Lucy dolls and 1 Ricky. The Lucy dolls will also come in black and white, but only 1 at Target and the other at Barnes and Noble. http://funkopopnews.com/2018/05/29/i-love-lucy-funko-pops/
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    If they are out before the festival I can arrange that.
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    That's a very good point. A lot of people had it out for her just because she supported Trump. Many were just waiting for her to do something they could get her with. Low and behold, she did, and they jumped on it. The tweet was the excuse they were looking for, but it wasn't the lone reason. The show itself was actually pretty balanced politically. Standing up for her grandson wearing feminine clothing and defending Muslim neighbors aren't what I'd call anti-progressive subjects. But so many couldn't look past Roseanne and her history, then she just digs the hole deeper with antics like this. In many ways, she's her own worst enemy. Even the producers wanted to cancel the show after what she did. I think she should seek help for managing her feelings and emotions.
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    Ken Levine made an interesting point about how Carsey Werner shows prominently have difficult stars- Cosby, Cybill Shepherd, Brett Butler, etc. I really enjoyed the show fully knowing what a loose cannon Roseanne is- it’s just that her type of unstable brashness really doesn’t fly with a lot of people today. Obviously this is about more than just a tasteless joke, which shouldn’t be the sole reason for these big repercussions, and Roseanne should know she’s had a target on her back since this whole thing got started.
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    I never thought about that before. That is a brilliant observation. That year of I Love Lucy is the most Emmy worthy year in history. It is unfathomable that it was not even nominated.
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    "Hollywood Anniversary" may have usurped "Dancing Star" as my all-time favorite episode---which over the years has changed off and on. It's a near perfect episode from start to finish. It's more Desi's show than Lucy's and my nomination for his greatest performance. I have never seen an episode of "The Phil Silvers Show/Sgt. Bilko". I'm sure it was hilarious but of all of seasons, 1955 is the year they should have fashioned a new Emmy with a silver platter and handed it to I Love Lucy. (For the first time, it WASN'T EVEN NOMINATED in favor of "Silvers", Sid Caesar, George Gobel, Jack Benny, Bob Cummings and Danny Thomas.) I Love Lucy was on such a roll. Emmys were still being given for the calendar year, so 1955 started with "Lucy Learns to Drive" and ended with "Passports". Other than maybe "Don Juan Gets Shelved", "Ricardos are Interviewed" and "Rodeo, they're all pure gems (and these 3 aren't bad). "Anniversary" demonstrates what this show could do that no other could. No "slapstick", no big comedy scene, a simple plot--Ricky forgetting their anniversary--and ending with a scene that has no laughs. But a lot of HEART, which sets this series apart from all others. Being married in real life certainly amplified the believability. Plus we got a healthy dose of Mrs. McGillicuddy: "You know Mickey: despite my predictions I think you're going to turn out all right" (as close as Mrs. M got to giving a compliment to Ricky) and "Imagine a man going out nightclubbing on his anniversary leaving his POOR WIFE sitting home alone!" Yes, it's Desi's show but Lucy gets a lot of mileage out of her reading of the line "Publicity!" with indignant outrage. I love the little touch of Lucy spilling the cough syrup on Ricky's robe so later when she's getting laundry together, it's natural that she includes the robe and goes through its pocket. Decades runs 2 back to back and the 2nd one was "Star Upstairs". So Lucy's dangling from Cornel Wilde's balcony in one episode and then there's this change of pace.
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    Yes, all 3 men in question did a DNA test and Mike won. It might have been someone here that said it but I've read Sean has a good relationship with all three of them.
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    Lucy's charming Without Love co-star Patricia Morison has died at 103.
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    If I get this wax Lucy head will I be able to fool my nearsided friends at my next dinner party? https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F113010968834
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    An amazing life! A sad loss of a living link to history.
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    On July 6, 1989 Lucy's was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Below is the transcript from that ceremony. I edited it down to just the Lucy parts. Gary was there to accept and I linked the AP photos after the text. I've really been looking forward to one of the most distinguished duties of this office: the privilege of presenting this nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And I will make a few comments about each of the recipients before going forward with the formal citation and the presentation of the medal. The first Presidential Medal recipients were chosen by President Kennedy. But soon after his death, they were awarded by President Johnson, along with some of the choices made by President Kennedy. And some of the first winners included Marian Anderson, Felix Frankfurter and, of course, a posthumous medal to President Kennedy -- all American heroes. And today I find myself standing with four more heroes who embody the achievement, vision, and dedication that is the greatness of this country. You have left an indelible mark as you've enriched this nation, and America is grateful. Each one here today, indeed all five recipients, are pioneers. General James Doolittle, a trailblazer in modern aviation. Ambassador George Kennan, truly a visionary who foresaw the future of Soviet-American relations. Senator Margaret Chase Smith, a bold achiever who stood alone against the tide of extremism. Secretary Douglas Dillon, an unparalleled public servant who shaped American foreign and economic policy. And finally, a fifth great American who is not with us, the late Lucille Ball, First Lady of Television to uncountable millions, worldwide. Lucille Ball was known as the First Lady of Television -- one of America's greatest comediennes. The series "I Love Lucy" quickly made her a household name and kept generations of Americans laughing. In fact, according to TV Guide, her face was seen by more people more often than the face of any human being who ever lived. "I Love Lucy" -- that ran in over 80 countries, and the cumulative audience runs in the tens of billions. Who can forget Lucy? She was like everyone's next-door neighbor, only funnier. [Laughter] Her secret, she said, was to take everyday things and exaggerate them to funny absurdity -- and it worked. And she became an American success story and a brilliant businesswoman. Lucille Ball was a national treasure who brought laughter to us all. Love Lucy? Sure. This nation is grateful to her, and we will miss her dearly. And now I am pleased to present the citations -- have the citations read and present the medals to our distinguished recipients. Gary, can I ask you to come forward -- Mr. Gary Morton -- you know Bar. A gifted comedienne known and loved by generations of audiences around the world, Lucille Ball left a lasting impression of American entertainment. For over 50 years, she warmed the hearts of millions with her humor, both in films and later on television, where no program was better named than "I Love Lucy." As president of her own production company, she set an example with her commitment to programming of quality for family enjoyment. Lucy's work continues to bring joy and laughter into American homes. And a grateful nation remembers her with love and appreciation. And now I will present the medal to her husband, Gary Morton. That concludes this brief, but heartfelt, ceremony. And we're delighted you all are here, and thank all of you for coming to honor these five individuals. Thank you very much. http://www.apimages.com/metadata/Index/Watchf-Associated-Press-Domestic-News-Dist-of-/12c11c010a5d449393c6f67c3819f6c2/183/0 http://www.apimages.com/metadata/Index/Watchf-Associated-Press-Domestic-News-Dist-of-/34f19b8f8d9b420299bb1d8a13e1e743/184/0 http://www.apimages.com/metadata/Index/Watchf-Associated-Press-Domestic-News-Dist-of-/bb09ad11c54b4b0daf9dbeda08f57924/185/0
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    I don't know if this has been shared yet (because the article is from 2014), but when he was interviewed by The AV Club, John Mulaney showed that he has some excellent taste in sitcoms: https://tv.avclub.com/john-mulaney-surprises-us-with-his-top-5-multi-camera-s-1798272067 In addition to The Cosby Show, Seinfeld, The Golden Girls, and Sgt. Bilko, John has this to say about ILL- It's very cool and unique that he took a lot of inspiration from Desi's role on the show: I Love Lucy, not only as a show and as a great live-audience show, but it got me into being a comedian in the first place, in sort of a back channel way, because I saw Ricky Ricardo’s life and I really wanted that life. I really wanted to sit around the house all day and then go do a show at a nightclub at night. I just thought, “This looks like the best life. You go do the show that night. Maybe you do a little rehearsal, but otherwise you’re just at home.” So when I was about 9 or 10, I started taking drum lessons, because I thought I’d be like a band leader. I took a couple conga drum lessons and thought, ah, that’d be fun to have a mamba band like that. Then I remembered that movie The Mambo Kings, and at the end, I think it’s pretty clear that mambo is over. And I thought, “Oh no! Mambo is very done.” And I probably wouldn’t break through to the mambo audience, as a nightclub bandleader. And my interest in comedy came together, and I thought, “Maybe I’ll be a comedian in nightclubs.” But the idea of just show business was implanted in me very early from I Love Lucy which was on WGN Chicago, playing all the time. Even though it came out 35 years before I was born, it was background for a lot of my childhood.
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    Note the error in this obit: If only it were true! "the duo developed The Lucy Show and had a hand in every one of that comedy's 156 episodes from 1962-68." I'm so glad Desi talked the writers into returning to Lucy. Had "The Lucy Show" not started out with such strong writing, I wonder if it would have been as big a hit as it was. The subsequent writers were never able to capture the Lucy character and make her a real person. (I'll give an exception to Bob O'Brien who wrote a handful of good ones)
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