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  1. 2 points
    Laugh-In's Jan 1968 debut. I'll NEVER forgive this show for knocking "The Lucy Show" out of its rightful #1 position in the 67-68 season rankings. For the first half of the season, TLS was the #1 show on the air. "LI" nibbled away just enough viewers the latter part of the season to put TLS 6/10ths of a ratings point behind #1 Andy Griffith Show. "Laugh-In" took a while to catch on but ended the season at #21. The next two seasons it would be #1, but Here's Lucy amazingly held its own. It just would have been wonderful if TWO of Lucy's series had ended their runs at #1. Always stuck in my CRAW.
  2. 2 points
    A very happy and healthy 98th birthday to the goddess!
  3. 2 points
    Carole's birthday is a week from Tuesday (Jan. 14th). If people would like to send me birthday greetings to pass on to her, I'm compile them and make sure she gets them. You can either messenger me or email: nlwlbrn@gmail.com. I would want to send by Friday the 10th to make sure she gets them. I'm working on a Carole video that's just about done. Will post when I finish. The premise: "Since Mrs. Lucy Carter got the award and Kim got the car, Miss Ball feels a little sorry for Cynthia Duncan and arranges for her to be her stand-in for her new musical film.....something she soon regrets as never-shy-Duncan starts taking over." It will be about 9 minutes long. I'm so glad Carole is still in the limelight and STILL PERFORMING.
  4. 2 points
    Some audio of Lucie in Mack and Mabel. I want to hear more!
  5. 2 points
    I'm currently rewatching the show in production order, and it does make a subtle, but noticeable, difference. For one thing, Ted and Margo's physical appearances evolve more naturally. Margo didn't start wearing the curly hair style until later on, while Ted wore his glasses more consistently in the early episodes. Eventually, you only saw him with glasses when he was reading, then they disappeared almost entirely, as I remember. It's a bit more inconsistent if watched in broadcast order. Personally, I think there should've been more time devoted to Lucy and Curtis settling into the house, and the rest of the family adjusting to their presence. As it is, come episode 2, "Guard Goose," everyone acts as though they've always lived under the same roof. Ted's frustration and scepticism from the premiere is almost completely abandoned from this point forward. At least episodes like "Up a Tree" and "Breaking Up" acknowledged the pitfalls of having to share space with relatives, but a few more episodes chronicling the moving in period would've been nice.
  6. 2 points
    Having episodes of significance rebroadcast on notable days would be a nice idea.
  7. 2 points
    Looking forward to seeing the Paris episode once I'm able to get it Down Under. Speaking of themes for specials, it recently occurred to me that "Sentimental Anniversary" and "Hollywood Anniversary" could make a good double feature for an I Love Lucy Anniversary Special which could be broadcast on October 15th. Nertz, I concur that those two Lucy Show episodes would make a nice change of pace. The colorized DVD set included the Jingle Bells tag scene, beautifully restored. Maybe they could start airing that instead of the I Love Lucy Christmas episode each year? It's gone from being one of the rarest episodes to one of the most over-exposed.
  8. 2 points
    As I'm scrolling through The Lounge right now, my neighbor's dogs two houses down won't stop barking. Their names? Lucy and Ethel. Maybe they sense what I'm up to.
  9. 1 point
    Here's a "Real Life Fred" moment. Last week, Max was frantically looking for his glasses. I'll give you a hint: if they were a snake, they'd have bitten him.
  10. 1 point
    Thrilled to see they have rectified last year’s appalling oversight and included Kaye tonight! Perfect image of her!
  11. 1 point
    Whenever the subject was brought up, Lucy admitted that she didn't like being the studio head. She was lucky to have honest people to guide her. So many (Debbie Reynolds, Judy Garland, Doris Day) were ripped off. It was incredibly easy to do and get away with. But in the 5 years she ran Desilu, it's doubtful that she devoted much time to it, what with doing her own show and all the other performing she did from 62 to 67. When she sold the studio in 1967, Star Trek had just LIMPED through its first season. Opposite still-top-10 Bewitched, it didn't have much of chance, but through letters from devoted fans it made it to 3 seasons (not sure the last was a full season of episodes). WHO could have predicted that the series itself, and I'm not counting the movie versions and TV sequels, would have such a lasting appeal? (not me..was never a big fan). I don't understand the TV business today. There's such a glut of product that I wonder if spending more per episode than the network pays in the hopes of recouping later is still a valid business model. But in 1969, when Star Trek when off the air, there wasn't much for local stations to pick from, especially in color. There was a time when a one or two season show could get a syndication sell. Desi's Mothers In Law with its 56 episodes was still being run in LA 5 times a week in the early 70s. (which means the entire series would repeat after 2 1/2 months). "Guestward Ho", "Desilu Playhouse" and "Greatest Show on Earth" were on the market well into the 60s. (Forward thinking Desilu shot "Show" in color). But local stations wanted half-hour shows. Few hour-long shows did well in syndication. So Desilu initially lost money on Star Trek as a network series? Did the amount the network pay a studio for a series hinge on its ratings? After two season of having no shows on the air except "The Lucy Show", Desilu hit the jackpot in 66 and 67---with Star Trek, Mission Impossible and Untouchables franchises churning out product well into the future. As much as she griped about the responsibility, it must have been a heady experience to own all those studios she once toiled at as a rather under-appreciate stock player. Lucy single-handedly turning Desilu around makes for good copy, but she was the first to admit that wasn't the case. Lucy being responsible for Star Trek makes for GREAT copy and there's a little truth to that. I wish Lucy Carmichael had done cross-overs to all the Desilu shows in 66-67. Imagine her on Star Trek doing her "it's a moo-moo" alien!
  12. 1 point
    I'm reading a book I found at a thrift shop called The Fifty Year Mission. It's all about Star Trek. It mentioned that Lucy had to sell Desilu because Star Trek basically bankrupted the studio. I had never heard of that before. It also said if she could have held on through the next season all would have been well. Any basis to that? I always thought she wanted out as she didn't want to own a studio anyway.
  13. 1 point
    Here's what I posted. “It started when I fell heir to Desilu Studios…all people could think to ask me was, ‘What’s it like to actually own the studios where you used to work as a starlet?’ And I’d say, ‘Do you really think that when I was a stock player at RKO, I walked around saying ‘someday I’ll own all this?’ Who the hell would want to own a place like that anyway? It was the worst drag of my life. It terrified me. I was into something way over my head and I couldn’t wait to get out, but I had to hold on until the studio got back on it’s feet again; a lot of people were depending on me. Well that’s where I showed my ambition. With the help of some trustworthy people, I got Desilu going again and when I could do it properly, I got out. -article by Robert Osborne From what I understand Lucy's lawyer said that she should sell when she did because the shows, at least Mannix and Mission Impossible were doing well but they cost a lot of money to produce. Star Trek also cost a lot but wasn't getting the ratings the others were. So she had desirable shows to entice Paramount and I think always wanted to be able to expand into that lot.
  14. 1 point
    I heard that Star Trek was a big expense for Desilu and that they warned Paramount about it. That might have been in the Desilu book. But I also read recently an interview Robert Osborne did with Lucy in the '70s and she said she wanted to hang onto Desilu until it became profitable again after which she would leave. She made it sound like the success of Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, etc...made that possible. I think Luvsbway posted this on Instagram.
  15. 1 point
    Her Majesty -- out and about yesterday. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7899273/Looking-great-98-Beloved-Golden-Girl-Betty-White-smiles-shes-spotted-birthday.html
  16. 1 point
    Happy Birthday, Betty! I hope at some stage she's up to recording a second archive interview - her first one was back in the 90s, and as we all know, she's done a LOT more television since then.
  17. 1 point
    1-line rerun plot descriptions in a 1970 TV Guide LUCILLE BALL-Arthur Godfrey sings "Reconstruction Time" (not what I would call the "highlight") I LOVE LUCY-Lucy, disguised with glasses and a putty nose, goes star-hunting at a famous Hollywood restaurant. (did writer watch the show in reverse?)
  18. 1 point
    In 2020 dollars, each 3 episode VHS tape cost $85!! (PLUS S&H). They were originally $30 each. Now, in 2020, you can get the entire series for $45 which is the equivalent of $17 in early 80s dollars. I don't know if they ever released the entire 180 episodes (60 VHS tapes or $1800!!) but they tried to group them by theme and they must have been running out of common threads towards the end. Again, to put this in perspective $1800 is the same as 2020 $4400! So we could have waited for 35+years and saved ourselves a bundle! But when all you could see on TV were those WTBS edited 16mm episodes, we went for it. The concept of having episodes available any time you wanted to watch was new and irresistible. I don't remember how often they came in the mail but I think it was a couple months in between each shipment. Somewhere along the line, those sniks at Columbia House lowered the price to $20 a tape but somehow forgot to tell those of us that signed on at $30, BUT if you called them, they corrected the "error" for future purchases. Oh, and I've still got mine. Why? I don't know.
  19. 1 point
    I caught that. Years ago I was at the fair and oved the table scapes. They also had Christmas tree decorating and someone did an I Love Lucy tree.
  20. 1 point
    In Stu Shostak's show recent look back on LWL, Tom said that the night John's episode aired Lucy invited him to the house to watch. Everyone said how nice a guy John was not only in the show but on set all week.
  21. 1 point
    I found it amazing that Mary Jane Croft did more episodes as Clara Randolph on Ozzie and Harriet than she did as Mary Jane Lewis on The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy combined. (75 O&H's, 65 TLS/HL's as Mary Jane; 8 more as Audrey Simmons, according to IMDB). She did O&H for TEN years 1956 to 1966 so it was simultaneous to Betty Ramsey, Audrey and (for one season 65-66) Mary Jane Lewis. The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet ran a staggering 14 years. "Adventures" is a bit of an over-sell, but there's something charmingly innocent about their pre-Seinfeld 'show about nothing' approach. Even the picture-perfect Nelsons were not immune for the unavoidable tragedies of life later on.
  22. 1 point
    There were at least a few other deleted scenes of note. That shot in the intro of Lucy descending the stairs in her pink date dress while Larry Anderson fans himself must've been cut from "2x4s". As well, "Sax Symbol" ends with Lucy and Becky alone in the basement, with Curtis off fetching the saw to cut the sax off Lucy's hand. The cutting scene was filmed, as I found a publicity still of Gale Gordon holding the saw while Lucy and Becky cringe. I'll try to find that shot again and share it here.
  23. 1 point
    Seeing the snippet of the deleted bedroom scene makes me wish they'd included it -- even if they couldn't remaster it to the quality of the full episodes -- so at least we could see them; plus, there must be others cut for time, etc. (certainly wasn't for laughs! ) I don't even remember her doing that sort of "twirl" move on the bed! 😲
  24. 1 point
    Here's a promo for the premiere episode. This one's interesting for a few reasons: 1. We get another brief look at the deleted bedroom scene, this time a different shot of Lucy spreading her arms. There's also a sneak peek at "Guard Goose" from an alternate camera angle than what was used in the final edit. 2. Yet again, the "I Love Lucy" theme song is used as underscoring. I wonder if this prevented some promos appearing on the DVD due to additional licensing costs? 3. This illustrates why the DVD promos were so abrupt, as they were indeed paired with promos for other shows.
  25. 1 point
    Aside from the popular episodes, I think that some episodes that have some sort of significance should be colorized like Lucy's Last Birthday for the month of August and Lucy thinks Ricky is trying to murder her for their 70th anniversary being it was their first episode or The girls want to go to a nightclub, etc.
  26. 1 point
    The New York Times interviewed several people who worked with Jerry including Lucie. “When Tommy Tune and David Cryer and I starred in Jerry’s hoped-for reincarnation of his masterful ‘Mack & Mabel,’ we did a run-through just before opening out of town. This is when you do the entire show in a real theater free for the Broadway community, but without sets, lights or costumes — just a few props and a piano player. My favorite memory was of Jerry onstage at an upright piano, sitting atop two telephone books, playing the entire score for us. That’s the kinda mensch he was.” LUCIE ARNAZ is a stage and television actress. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/28/theater/remembering-jerry-herman-harvey-fierstein-chita-rivera.html
  27. 1 point
    The title song of the Jerry Herman revue "Jerry's Girls" (set to "It's Today!") lists many of the famous women who have sung Jerry's songs including "Lucie Arnaz and her mother."
  28. 1 point
    I wish Jerry had been well enough to see the recent revival of Hello, Dolly! I have never seen audiences so enthralled. I'm so glad they revived it as Jerry had written it without any attempt to modernize it. Encores is finally doing Mack and Mabel in a few months. Their "Look What Happened to Mabel" excerpt as part of their "Hey, Look Me Over!" compilation event a couple years ago was the highlight of the show.
  29. 1 point
    About 10 years ago, I attempted to write a fan letter to Jerry. I found out who his representing agency was and called, eventually spoke to a secretary who had a decided speech impediment, saying I should address it in care of his agent, her boss, "Biss Liss". I repeated this back to here several times to make sure I heard right. I never got a reply. The agent's name was actually "Biff Liff"! and I have a feeling the secretary intercepted the letter and thought I was making fun of her, maybe. My favorite of his scores is "Dear World". Despite wonderful songs throughout and a Tony-winning performance by Angela, it was a surprise flop. (my memory is 132 performances: roughly 4 months when Dolly and Mame were still running). I heard from someone who attended that people were walking out. I can't understand. Even if the book was uneven, you were treated to an evening of those gorgeous songs. His big heartbreak was "Mack and Mabel", another great score. By 1975, the Tony musical nominees were slim pickings. The show got a Best Musical nomination and both leads were nominated along with several other creative and technical people. But NOT the score, a real slap in the face for Jerry. A SHOCKINGLY short run: 65 performances. Like Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along", it's one that keeps getting revived with a revised book. Neither ever really succeeded as a show as far as I know. Nor has there been an attempt to remount for Broadway. So it was great for Jerry that he came back in the 80s with his last long running bona fide hit "La Cage". A couple lesser-known Jerry tunes. He wrote "Like a Member of the Family" for CBS's big 50th anniversary week of clip shows in 1977. AND he wrote the theme tune (no lyrics I know of) to the pilot of the Desi Arnaz-produced "Carol Channing" sitcom. With the song "Hello Dolly" being such a big hit, he had to write a similar song for "Mame", which of course did quite well. But he was severely criticized for trying yet again in "M&M" with "When Mabel Comes In the Room", because the set up was so reminiscent of "Dolly" (Mabel returns to the studio after an absence and is welcomed back, Jerry-style). Without considering the staging, I think "Mabel" may be the best of his three big "Leading lady, We Love You/Welcome Back" songs. Though not exactly in the same category, the big equivalent is "Dear World" was the title tune and he got knocked for that. I've never heard his scores for "Milk & Honey" (pre-Dolly), "Grand Tour", TV's "Mrs. Santa Clause" or the 'concept musical' (whatever that is) "Miss Spectacular". Since Charles Strouse is still alive, maybe we'll finally hear the ACTUAL story of the composing of "Before the Parade Passes By". Both Jerry and Charles insist that Jerry's story is right, but I have to say, it just doesn't ring completely true. Plus I heard from someone who talked to Strouse off the record there's more to it than what we've heard. For those who don't know: David Merrick had Strouse & Adams come to Detroit where Dolly was in trouble. They wrote a first act closer "Before the Parade Passes By". Jerry claims he never heard theirs and wrote his own based on the title alone. The practice is that "ghost-composers" give up any credit for writing the songs, all of which say "Music and Lyrics by Jerry", in exchange for a little piece of the show, a great deal for Strouse&Adams in hindsight. It been said that Bob Merrill contributed "Motherhood March", "Elegance" and some, if not all, of "I Put My Hand In". Interesting that "Motherhood" and "Hand" did not make it into the movie version. "Elegance" in particular has that Merrill sound, a rhythm reminiscent of his "Sunshine Girl" from "New Girl in Town".
  30. 1 point
    Jerry’s wonderful Kennedy Center Honors tribute.
  31. 1 point
    I was fortunate enough to receive both volumes for Christmas. I've only previewed the first episode but it looks terrific, pretty much on par with I Love Lucy...which is fitting, considering who produced the show. Funnily enough, the first episode appears to be based on the first or second radio episode I ever heard, "Arguments." I really hope future seasons see releases as well, but 38 episodes is certainly enough to get me started.
  32. 1 point
    The most watched program of the night! https://www.google.com/amp/s/deadline.com/2019/12/i-love-lucy-christmas-special-tv-ratings-wwe-smackdown-friday-1202815623/amp/
  33. 1 point
    While watching the new All In The Family there was a reference to speaking Spanish from Archie. Desi and Charo were mentioned. Watching the original tonight its interesting to hear it again. Incidentally Desi and Charo did a scene together on a Bob Hope special.
  34. 1 point
    New interview with Carole from Australian television. Most of the conversation is about Lucy.
  35. 1 point
    He's the only one who photographed her a lot whose name I remember. And I agree with your assessment. Wonderfully lit that made her look beautiful and natural even with the wig and makeup.
  36. 0 points
    I first saw him as the snippy bureaucrat in Grumpy Old Men and always delighted whenever he popped up again. A groundbreaker in comedy.
  37. 0 points
    Mame compsoser Jerry Herman, has passed away at the age of 88. He brought the world so much joy. https://www.latimes.com/obituaries/story/2019-12-27/jerry-herman-dead
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