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    Building a Bar-B-Q I like this one, but find it a bit stressful. Also, I’m noticing more and more how beautiful season six looks. I don’t know if it was brighter lighting, different filmstock, or a combination of both, but the image is almost platinum-like in appearance, compared to the greyer look of some earlier seasons. Unfortunately, this look didn’t carry over to the hour shows. Visitor from Italy I don’t rewatch this one that much, but it’s quite charming. Jay Novello was always an excellent guest. I keep forgetting how good Lucy’s pizza routine is. Changing the Boys Wardrobe One of the more loyal “My Favorite Husband” adaptations. For that reason, I can’t help it feel this episode might’ve been better located in the first season. Putting it in the same year as “Men Are Messy” would’ve made more sense, as come season three it’s very out of character to have Ricky be so sloppy. Mertz and Kurtz Another one I tend not to view too often. I’m not wild about the musical act, but the events leading up to it are okay. It may not be to everyone’s tastes, but I enjoy seeing Bill Frawley getting to trot out some of the old standards. My favourite moment is everyone deciding to do the show, and Lucy’s positively gleeful response when she’s allowed to join in. It’s great seeing all of them join forces together. I just wish the show in question had been a bit funnier.
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    Now having heard it, I can say it’s an overall good episode. He clearly did his homework and provides a lot of solid information, especially for newcomers. No major factual errors that I can pinpoint, though there were a few tiny details that were a little off. The best bits for me were his personal stories relating to the show, such as witnessing Bill Frawley drunk in public, seeing Vivian Vance the night she filmed her Rhoda episode, and viewing the exact location where the Hollywood backdrop was photographed for the Beverly Palms scenes. I also cracked up at his Gale Gordon impression.
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    Yep. It seems like she's had a big chip on her shoulders for years, if not decades, regarding her mother. That's just my opinion though based on some interviews I've seen.
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    I agree with the posters upthread that it's odd that The Operetta isn't on there, since she later told Lee Tannen that this was one of her favorite episodes. It's also weird to see Lucy and Orson Welles on that list, since Lucille Ball later described Welles as being pompous and overbearing (if Jim Brochu's book is to be believed.) At one point, Lucille Ball also apparently referred to this as "the episode where I got a broomstick up my ass" (referring to the finale.)
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    In an interview focusing on her upcoming non-Lucy debut in "KO Kitty", she's asked what her favorites are and mentioned a few with the surprising inclusion of "the one we did with Edward Everett Horton ("Lucy Plays Cupid"). Evidently "Lucy Makes Room for Danny" had already been filmed but had not yet aired. She says "that one turned out quite well"......which is an UNDERSTATEMENT. When people discuss the hour shows, the favorite named most often is "Tallulah". It's a close 2nd to "Danny", my favorite. Everyone was justifiably proud. It won some sort of award. Writers Guild? Directors Guild? Not sure which (or maybe both). The following spring with the TV season over, TV Guide listed the greatest TV offerings of the 58-59 season. Most were specials but "Danny" got a mention. The only other show with regular characters was an episode of Father Knows Best "Kathy Grows Up", which I have since seen (and don't know why it was singled out). Who knew "Makes Room" was going to be the last high-water mark for the Ricardo/Mertz format? When CBS ran the hours as a summer replacement series, they were shown completely out of order, but in the same sequence each year: Danny, Havana, Grable/Horse and Chevalier/Mexico being the first four. Berle was 5th if I recall. Tallulah was not shown until well into the run. Depending on when the new season started in the fall, they didn't always run all 13. The last 3 shown were Howard/Ida, Kovacs and Paul Douglas but they didn't always get an airing. Both Douglas and Kovacs died within a short time after their episode was done. I had no idea who either of them were. The Howard/Ida episode: you really miss the Mertzes. The bit where people are in the same house but one couple doesn't know the other is there, doesn't quite work for me, but it was trotted out again for the Carol Channing pilot and a Mothers In Law episode (I think). I haven't seen "KO Kitty" is quite some time. The print I have is very poor. So I don't remember whether it's good or not. I think CBS was pleasantly surprised that the first airing of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour was such a huge ratings hit. Enough so that they were run an additional 4 times as a series, the last run being the summer of 1967, by which time evening TV had gone all-color. So LDCH has the distinction of being the series that had the most prime time showings and the last network offering in b/w.
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    A very good article on the research and work Nicole and Javier did to prepare themselves for their roles. The more I read I'm starting to come to the conclusion that Aaron is really the problem here. Nicole wanted to get every same move down for grape stopping. Aaron said it didn't matter. And then his totally wrong fixation on how "Lucy" didn't look like Lucille stopped the hair and makeup department from giving Nicole the correct Lucille look. I mean a simple read of Desi's book and you'd know Lucy wasn't brunette when she met Desi. And this point Nicole and Javier have my sympathy for having to deal with a director who shut down the good work they were achieving. If Aaron could have seen in Lucy and Desi what the actors did in their research we may have ended up with a stellar film instead of a problematic one. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2021-11-11/being-the-ricardos-i-love-lucy-nicole-kidman-javier-bardem
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    I just can't with that Hollywood Reporter interview. The reporter asked excellent questions many of us had and all we got was BS from Aaron. He said people today don't find the show funny, he didn't care if the actor's looked or even tried to act like the real life people. He gave some answer I still don't understand about not casting a Cuban. He thinks Lucille off screen was either Marilyn Monroe or Rita Hayworth. I could go on but it reeks of arrogance and a writer drunk on his own power. Who did he make this film for because he insulted a huge fan base and anyone who even remotely likes Lucy.
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    I’m kind of hoping for a sequel, Being the Carters, chronicling one production week of Here’s Lucy. Lucie Arnaz - Lea Michele Desi Arnaz, Jr. - Tyler Posey Gale Gordon - Kelsey Grammer Gary Morton - Jerry Seinfeld Vanda Barra - Fran Drescher Sid Gould - Wayne Knight
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    Ken Levine’s latest podcast is devoted to the making of I Love Lucy: http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/2021/11/ep250-for-those-who-love-lucy.html I haven’t listened to this yet, so I’m not sure how accurate he is.
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    I posted this on my social. Being the Ricardos trailer review. I was dreading this but honestly it gives me some hope. It’s clear that there was a lot of money put into it and it looks like a compelling drama. I’m not into all the moody, washed out lighting. Did everything happen in the dark? I’m still seeing Nicole in every shot. Hair when she is not on set is not at all how Lucy wore it, and the red tones seem really dulled down. I think they even have her as brunette when she first met Desi (she was a blonde). I haven’t seen enough of her acting to judge for Lucy mannerisms, but there is a similar head tilt. The Lucy voice seems to come and go, which I think is going to get annoying. Listen to her say “Sorry I got lost for a second.” That’s Lucy’s cadence and a hint of her voice. And listen close at the very end, an older Lucy laugh. The thing that pissed me off the most was the line from Lucy, “I’m Lucille Ball, when I’m funny, you’ll know it.” NO, NO, NO. Again, with the arrogance. Lucy said over and over. “I’m not funny. I do funny things (meaning on screen) My writers are funny.” And that voiceover on the last trailer is what gives me BIG concern they wrote her all wrong. If Lucy comes off as Diva, that will do more to hurt her legacy then any factual errors in this film. This right now is my biggest concern. Javier. I’m still getting very little from him to judge his Desi. Javiar’s age is throwing me off big time. I better see lots of warmth and charm in his portrayal because Desi had a wonderful softer side. But he also had an explosive temper too. It’s a fine line to portray him so that the audience will still love him. I was always on board with JK as Bill and I’m still liking what I see. At first I was not getting Viv, but the hair from the early 50s looks right once I looked up pictures. I hope the acting matches up. There is very little of Viv to watch from the 50s to get a sense of who she was. Most is after 1960. The trailer is heavy on 2 subjects. The Communist red scare is one. I will be taking a deep dive into that next week in a multipart series, so we know all the facts and how it happened. The other is the Confidential magazine story and Desi’s cheating. Now a certain producer on this film seems to think her father didn’t cheat very much. So, with that said, what version of the truth will this movie show? Because there are so many creditable accounts from other friends and family who witnessed that it was bad. Other scenes I’m interested in seeing is that meeting on top of Cold Water Canyon in the late 40s, Shooting Too Many Girls and their first meeting. That’s Ann Miller Dancing in that one clip. My Favorite Husband recording is also shown. And I’m curious as to what goes on at Ciros. Overall it’s goanna be a long month with the press tour and additional clips coming out. I’m hoping to see it in a theatre on the 10th.
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    Episode 3 of “Impeachment” opens with Matt Drudge working in the CBS gift shop. Naturally, they have a dedicated Lucy section, and one woman notices a VHS box set containing some of the Public Domain “Lucy Show” episodes. She gets all excited, commenting that she never knew Lucy had another show. Drudge proceeds to mention it was in the ‘60s, and salaciously describes Ball’s divorce from Desi, which also shocks the woman. I enjoyed this scene for several reasons. One, it was fun to hear “The Lucy Show” receive acknowledgement by another program, which is rare enough. Two, they appeared to have used an actual ‘90s box set, as I recognised the font and cover photo as the one Front Row Features used for their releases.
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    Desi's went with an overriding theme that I didn't see coming. I think it was handled very well because it lays the ground work to help explain things in their marriage and the eventual demise. I also like that these episodes are not trying to be light and fluffy but get into some very adult stuff with some adult language used by Lucy and Desi themselves.
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    You can listen to the first season and the just premiered second season on the TCM website, YouTube, or whenever podcasts are available. https://theplotthickens.tcm.com/ The first season on Peter Bogdanovich was terrific. The current second season - about the making of the film Bonfire of the Vanities is very engrossing. I don’t know of anything that has presented the making of a movie with such an unfiltered access. The podcast going to do an outstanding job with Lucy.
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    The fact that this connection wasn't known before is pretty wild. It's interesting that Patti assumed that Lucy was nearing the end of her life. Had Patti become famous earlier/had Lucy lived longer and done more TV, I wouldn't be surprised if Patti would've done a guest appearance- maybe taking a page from the OG Reno Sweeney (Merman) and creating "Lucy Teaches Patti LuPone How to Sing Intelligibly". I can just picture Lucy breaking into sobs for some reason or another and Gale sarcastically saying "Well, don't cry for me Argentina!".
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    I had no idea about the friendship between Lucy and Patti LuPone's mother.
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    Did the color episodes play in theaters in Australia, Mot? I don't remember you mentioning it before. Heck, do they even air on TV down there? Excuse my American-ness. "Dancing Star" is so, so, so incredible- probably even better than the way more famous second half with Harpo. It's interesting to think how this two parter reunited Lucy with former co-stars. I wonder how many movie buffs would've recognized the connection at the time; same with William Holden's appearance. When the TV special featuring "Dancing Star" aired, naturally my family gathered together for it, and before it aired I went on a tirade about it being "one of, if not the greatest Lucy performance ever", and afterwards the general consensus was that Lucy's performance is otherworldly. Maybe part of it comes from the fact that it's kind of an underground gem, not included with the evergreen classics that will always be engrained in pop culture. There aren't any huge comedy scenes, but the episode really gets to the heart of the Lucy character. For once, she finally gets a chance to shine onstage with a big star- independent of Ricky, no less! And she doesn't ruin the situation, either. That scene where Lucy and Van perform the number together at the show should be studied by actors everywhere. You'd expect everything to fall apart, and it seems that way at first, but as the number continues Lucy eases into it and it's just so crazy good. It makes you think that maybe she should be included in Ricky's show once in awhile! And the look on her face when she comes backstage after performing is one for the ages. It's the Lucy character at her most crystallized, pure essence.
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    This really is one of my favorite real moments on the show. Ricky just let's her go because he knows she needs to work it out on her own, then holds her when she starts crying because he knew it was coming. The heart of the series.
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    In "Housewarming", probably the best of the Connecticut episodes, when it's obvious there's no surprise party, Ricky tells Lucy she must have been mistaken. Lucy: "Yes there is, honey. That Ethel. She's a sly one. She might just make us wait the whole evening...." and then that split-second transition to the cry. NO ONE NO ONE NO ONE else could have done this. (and I'm not quoting Lucy's full line correctly). It's a marvelous moment.
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