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  1. 4 points
    Netflix will be showing a Laugh-In 50th anniversary special. https://deadline.com/2019/03/rowan-and-martins-laugh-in-still-laugh-in-the-stars-celebrate-netflix-lily-tomlin-1202568687/ I know a lot of cast members have passed away in recent years, but it would be nice if they could have gotten others in addition to Lily and Jo Anne. All the episodes of Laugh-In are currently available on Amazon Prime.
  2. 4 points
  3. 4 points
    Well, there are 10 available. I dare someone to buy all of them and then tell their significant other, ala Yours, Mine and Ours - "I have 10 Lucys. Speaking of 10 Lucys, that's what I have!"
  4. 4 points
    As far as episode selections of Life with Lucy, I'd switch out "Sax Symbol" with "Love Among the Two by Fours". It had some touching moments, to me anyways. At least about one third of the series will have an official release. Who has the rights? CBS?
  5. 4 points
    How interesting that out of all the shows, the most recent one has the poorest picture quality. The two brief LWL shots are still miles better than the bootlegs that make the show seem like it took place underwater. I probably won't be picking this up unless they make a deluxe edition that includes a "Best Of Sid Gould" bonus disc.
  6. 4 points
    SPOILER ALERT: CHEAP CRACK Yes, A-G Jeff Sessions.
  7. 4 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?)
  8. 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"
  9. 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.
  10. 3 points
    I was watching Valley of the Dolls tonight (don’t ask) and was sure this Lucy sighting in Helen Lawson’s dressing room had been posted before — but, maybe it was on the old Lounge, so here it is again.
  11. 3 points
    Maybe they could celebrate Florida's importance to the election next year with the "I Love Lucy: Florida Frenzy" special, featuring the Florida set episodes.
  12. 3 points
    March 2's Google Doodle celebrates Desi on his 102nd birthday! https://www.google.com/doodles/desi-arnazs-102nd-birthday
  13. 3 points
    When Here's Lucy ended in 1974, Broadcast Magazine reported about it saying that Lucy's show has "not kept up with the times, still relying on old-school slapstick while shows like All in the Family and Maude deal with relevant social issues". Were they suggesting Here's Lucy be more "relevant" in the way that Lear's shows were? So what if Norman Lear had taken over when Milt Josefsburg left in 1972, changing the title and titillating up the plots. (Desi Jr: "Where was he when we did the Ann-Margaret episode??") I'm sure MOT will chime in with possible racy "Lear's Lucy" episodes, but in the meantime here's my contribution: "No Nudes is Good Nudes" The marina raises her rent so Kim scans the classifieds for a 2nd job and answers an ad looking for "liberal-minded" models. Kim had recently watched a TV interview with her lookalike Lucille Ball, who advised aspiring actors to "take anything that comes along like I did. Don't turn anything down. " When the photographer turns out to be working for "Hustler", Kim heeds Lucille Ball's advice and does what she is told, assuming no one she knows will see "the spread". But Kim's aghast when the issue comes out and she finds she's on the cover, prominently displayed at every newsstand in Encino, prompting all her former one-episode suitors, except Wayne Newton and Jim Bailey, to seek to rekindle their romances with her. Kim confesses to Uncle Harry and they both panic when Harry realizes that he has had his Hustler subscription sent to the office (so he can write it off as business expense). The two try in vain to keep the magazine from Lucy who, when she takes one look, does her "spider". Steaming mad, Lucy Carter then sets out to punch special guest star Larry Flynt in the nose. (and also give "Miss Ball" a piece of her mind). The name Lucy Carter is well known in the celebrity world so Flynt has been expecting a visit. It seems Flynt has the negatives from an old nude photo shoot attributed to Lucille Ball, though the name on the negative sheet is that of "Lucy Hinkley". When Miss Ball got wind of it, she sued Flynt claiming "that's not me. It's the lookalike contest winner: 'that motor-mouthed, scatterbrained Carter woman'". Meanwhile Cynthia Duncan claimed the pics were of her. "Wanna see proof?", said Duncan when she showed up at the Hustler photography studio in a very revealing negligee ready to pose for a sequel spread. Just as Lucy Carter's winding up for a punch, Flynt confronts her with one of the more provocative stills from the old black-and-white shoot, and Lucy does her 2nd "spider" of the episode. Episode promo: "So who is the young nude model? Is it Lucy Carter, Lucille Ball or Cynthia Duncan? Tune in tonight on CBS for the premiere of "Lear's Lucy" and find out!" (followed by the season premiere of another show Lear has taken over, making its Monday night debut, now called "The Nude Dick Van Dyke Show" pronounced the same way as the series title from the previous season.)
  14. 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?
  15. 3 points
    And then a documentary film crew shows up and this becomes a better story than Grey Gardens. "They can get you for wearing red shoes on a Thursday...it's a mean, nasty Republican town."
  16. 3 points
  17. 3 points
    I can’t believe SAG couldn’t squeeze Kaye into the In Memoriam! 😨😡 THIIIIIS IS THE THANKS SHE GETS!! And I think it’s rotten. ROTTEN!!!
  18. 3 points
    Carol and Kaye in the same week: I can't take any more.... Kaye Ballard: typecast as the loud Italian: something she did very well and hilariously but she had an untapped dramatic range. I once saw a video (from I don't remember where but it was black and white from the 50s) in which she did very serious scene with someone and was amazingly effective. Desi did not augment the laugh track on Mothers In Law and it's KAYE that gets the most enthusiastic audience response. Here's my old tribute to Kaye on MIL. At the end Kaye sings. In the plot, the Hubbards and Buells invest in a rock band and this is Kaye's suggestion for a song to put in their act.......followed by the song written specifically for her act by Kander and Ebb, later incorporated into you-know-what and associated with you-know-who. Then her rendition of "My Man" from her hit album of Fannie Brice songs. It was her idea to turn this into a Broadway musical, done some 10 years later.
  19. 3 points
    December 14th at 8pm on CBS we are getting Pioneer Women as the new colorized episode along with the traditional Christmas one. I haven't found a teaser color photo yet for this episode. I think this is a good choice. The period costumes will look nice colorized and there is that one classic scene of the bread. But I still hold out hope that we will get that Connecticut house in color some day.
  20. 3 points
    Here's my colorized version of the Connecticut house.
  21. 3 points
    I’m hoping they call Our Mildred Frances for the gig.
  22. 3 points
    Don’t look at me; I just got here.
  23. 3 points
    I was watching The Million Dollar Idea last night and never noticed before that the scene in the morning following Lucy eating all the pastries begins with Lucy holding her stomach and drinking a glass of water. 😃
  24. 3 points
    "Lucy and the Safe Cracker" Decades is once again running 2 episodes of The Lucy Show right after 2 of I Love Lucy. The first season alternated the original stick-figure opening credits with the black and white kaleidoscope. One time, they ran the stick-figure video with the kaleidoscope audio, the first time I've seen that. They're now into the 2nd season. Even though, I've got those great prints on DVD, I still can't resist tuning it in. Today I watched "Lucy and the Safe Cracker" (Lucy Meets Mooney part 2). My favorite ILL changes from time to time as does my favorite TLS. For a time, "Safe Cracker" was my favorite. It's not one that makes anyone else's list for some reason. But I think it's JAM-PACKED full of great comedy. And great lines---one after another. Character-driven funnies, not Milt Josefsburg "gags" (which often make me do the same). A lot happens in this fast-paced episode. Plus Jay Novello puts in a stellar performance. Highlights: Lucy shoving gooey chocolates into Larry McAdoo's mouth so they can sing the jingle as promised. Lucy being dunked in chocolates: I don't know how they rigged that up so the chocolates stuck to her eye sockets. Could that have been an accident? After that, Lucy does this great "chicken" bit as she's trying to see what's going on. The audience is laughing so hard at Lucy that the others have trouble getting their lines out and heard. Amazing that this is only Gale's 2nd episode and he fits right in as if he's always been there.
  25. 3 points
    "The Conners": well , they pulled it off. Like the original "Roseanne" AND the reboot, there's an honesty about the show that allows it to mix drama and comedy--a mix not found in virtually any other show (but granted I don't watch many of them). Usually if an actor left a sitcom (or died), they had their character do one of 2 things: they would be out of town taking care of sick relative (Joseph Kearns in "Dennis the Menace"; Alice Pearce in "Bewitched) or they would get abruptly transferred to PAKISTAN (Bob Cummings in "My Living Doll" Don Defore and Whitney Blake in "Hazel"--resigned and fired respectively). I don't remember: did they kill Valerie off immediately when "Valerie" became "Valerie's Family"? Again, I paid no attention to real-life Roseanne Barr's loud-mouth politics or her tweets (and I don't know why anyone was listening to her in the first place). I'm in the minority who enjoyed her in her own SHOW. The rest of the cast is so very strong, yes, but I wish they hadn't killed Roseanne Conner off. I was hoping Barr would eat enough crow that she could return to her own series. But this is a series that brought Dan back to life, had Becky and Becky2 in the same episode so maybe they could do it. Like one of those "Dallas" dreams. I'm amazed how good these reboots are: Conners, Will&Grace, Murphy Brown. (haven't seen others). I never would have predicted it. Will, Grace, Jack and Karen could be the PARENTS of the originals. It's been 20 years since the debut season.
  26. 3 points
    Time/Life has done smaller releases that coincide with these "mega" sets that they put out; Laugh-In has been getting individual season sets since they put out the complete series, and I know they've done one or two single disc collections of their Red Skelton release, so... maybe LWL is closer than we think. Re: Joey When I think about it, even if all of ILL was colorized, I'm certain I'd still watch the show in "glorious black and white" (but still have the colorized episodes for the occasional novelty).
  27. 3 points
    All the Deplorables will be burning their Incredible Mr. Limpet DVDs.
  28. 3 points
    Should this be the new Lounge logo?
  29. 3 points
    This was such a joy to listen to. She is, as always, a fantastic storyteller. I can't quite put my finger on it, but there is something different about Lucie lately. She's always been a wonderful, funny and extremely talented performer who has always been comfortable in what she does, but it seems like suddenly this comfort level has been taken to a whole new level. I wouldn't be so bold as to say that she is more comfortable in her own skin, because I don't know the woman, but there is a new level of.... ease? in everything she does now that is so enjoyable to take in. It was evident in this podcast, and it was evident in spades on stage in Jamestown this year. Anyway, I'm articulating this terribly, but it's very hard to describe. A performer totally at ease and relaxed with herself, her history, her talent, and perhaps her own unique, independent contributions and legacy in show business.
  30. 3 points
    And, let's just all take a moment to appreciate the fact there is still someone contemporary and in-the-news for which we can still say, "She beat Jack Warner."
  31. 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.
  32. 3 points
    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.
  33. 3 points
    Lucie voices Love, Lucy:
  34. 3 points
    Carole joked that her mother was like Auntie Mame... but without the money or sophistication.
  35. 3 points
    It would be a mistake to have Darlene be the main character. Frankly, I don't think Sara Gilbert could carry a show on her own. With heavyweights like John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf already on board, it needs to be a true ensemble comedy for it to make it past its first year. Also, I hope they don't kill off Roseanne Conner. That seems too easy. Plus, although the chances are slim, the door should be open a crack for at least a cameo somewhere down the road.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 2 points
    With my original discs still back in the states, and missing having every episode at my disposal, I got the Australian DVD boxset for Christmas. I thought you might want to see what it looks like. This particular release was issued by a company called Shock Entertainment back in 2016. http://www.shock.com.au/product-details/dvd/i-love-lucy-collection/1/4091 They're similar to the likes of Mill Creek and Echo Bridge in that they only release content licensed from other studios, oftentimes at very affordable prices. Note that I did not pay the SRP suggested on their website. It was on sale and a very good deal. You'll see that Shock chose to use the key art used for the original CBS releases. The cardboard slipcover is rather flimsy but it looks nice. The bonus disc containing the movie is included in the comedy hour case. The overall design is very uniform and clean. If I had to quibble about anything, it'd be that the photo montages on the back don't match up to each individual season. Seasons 1, 2, 3 and 5 all use the same photos from season 1, while season 4 uses stills from season 6. Season 6 and the hour-long set, meanwhile, use comedy hour photos. It's a little slapdash feeling but not a huge issue. Sorry if it isn't really clear in these photos; I'll try to upload better ones later on. Additionally, the cases are very cheap plastic, like the kind you'd find on public domain or dollar store DVDs in the states. One thing this set does have going for it is the color artwork printed on the discs, rather than the flat grey motif most American companies now use. The theme matches the cover art for each individual season. As for the discs themselves, they're identical to the American CBS pressings. Same menu art and all. This surprised me, for the CBS logo appears nowhere on the packaging but is prominently displayed on the menus. I was a tad disappointed at this, as I was looking forward to seeing a new menu design after all these years. Being identical to the American release means the discs are NTSC standard (Australia primarily uses the PAL standard). This is actually a good thing, as it means no PAL speedup (PAL runs at 25 FPS, so anything shot at 24 FPS plays back slightly too fast, which raises the audio pitch). The only difference I've noticed is that these discs are region 4 instead of region 1, so they won't play back on a North American DVD player. Region locking isn't an issue here, as pretty much all DVD players released in Australia are region free, but I'm guessing it was done due to Shock's licensing agreement. When I got the set home, I found that the season 6 case included two copies of Disc 2 by mistake, omitting Disc 3. I contacted Shock about this and they very kindly sent out a replacement disc at no charge, so I'm impressed with their customer service. Their materials might be on the cheap side, but I'd gladly buy any other shows they may license.
  39. 2 points
    Wow! Do you have Gorboonas in your part of the world or something
  40. 2 points
    Open a Rear Window: Hitchcock takes over as "Mame" director CBS/FOX Video to feature "Drafted, Lucy Goes to a Rodeo" on "The I Love Lucy Collection: Volume 37" CBS/FOX recalls Lucy volume 37 due to lack of sales
  41. 2 points
    Dave Karger is charming. Mankiewicz is snarky and smarmy.
  42. 2 points
    This one was definitely true. Sharon Thober, a Here's Lucy costume lady, wrote about the Joan Crawford episode in detail in her book My Lucy Years. Desi was asked in to 'schmooze' Joan over and convince her to do her best work. Apparently he did a good job with her but it came too late in the episode's rehearsals. Sharon describes a nice moment between Lucy and Desi that day. Apparently she walked out at the end of that day and saw Lucy and Desi walking alone down the set holding hands. She said that they were standing very close and talking quietly to each other while holding hands and that the whole moment looked very intimate. She said that she would have thought there were still married from that behavior. It's a good ebook read!
  43. 2 points
    Watched the TLS Vegas episode the other night and Lucy does smoke in that one. Although I think it's more for the effect of the whole gown image as she is using a cigarette holder and is essentially playing a character in that getup.
  44. 2 points
    If they decide to even have a host you know it's going to be anybody but a straight, white guy.
  45. 2 points
    Kevin Hart has stepped down as host after failing to properly apologize for making homophobic jokes in the past. Now, I think Hart and his puerile ego are a poor fit for the show, but the fact that he was edged out over "offensive" material seems like an incredibly regressive move. Anyway, here's hoping they give Tiffany Haddish a call!
  46. 2 points
    I believe Warner Archive uses BD-50s instead of 25s, the way Warner Home Video does for their catalogue releases. So I'm pleased the archive is handling this release. I'm sure it'll look beautiful.
  47. 2 points
    I found this poster at a flea market this afternoon — I had no idea Desilu had a Canadian sales arm. Now to find out where it is! The poster reveals nothing.
  48. 2 points
    After learning here of this somewhat surprising release, especially given the refreshing, different way they've decided to arrange the episodes, including even LWL (which I'm tickled about, honestly -- wish they'd managed to include the ENTIRE series but oh well, maybe that'll happen down the road), I was a little surprised to see that they're including the bonus features from the "Here's Lucy" DVDs, so I spoke to one of the producers and while he'd heard that TimeLife was doing this, he was unaware they were "appropriating" (ahem) their work from those prior releases; a little surprising (there's that word again) given it doesn't look like they're literally taking say, a HL Season Six Disc #1 and slapping a Time Life label on it, given the episodes chosen and order listed. Speaking of Season Six, that is perhaps my biggest disappointment about this release, and that is the dearth of S6 episodes, which are sadly lacking on this release and should have comprised at least a single disc of 7 or 8 episodes itself as they were some of the best of the six season run!! (Lucy and Danny Thomas??!! Really!!?? Uh..I don't think so!) Ive said it many times in many different posts and this release makes me say it again, I'll never understand but would LOVE to know who all sits in a room and gets to decide, argue over, etc. out of a list of what, over 300+ classic Lucy TV episodes which ones get to "appear" on releases like this!! And I sure wish I could be one of those people, I'd certainly have plenty to say!!!
  49. 2 points
    If I may share my two cents on this as well, I'd say you can't go wrong with any episode from the first two seasons. Most feel that was when the show was at its strongest. But each season offers something worthwhile. The later, color seasons feature more of Elizabeth's dual role of Serena, which is always fun, plus it's enjoyable watching the Dick Sargent episodes just to see the difference. A number of final season episodes were remakes of first season scripts, so it'd run out of steam by then. But you can put on any episode from any era and enjoy it for what it is.
  50. 2 points
    Agreed about it being an ensemble show. That's a far stronger option than focusing primarily on one character. I also agree that killing Roseanne off would be too easy. Have her leave home to seek psychiatric treatment at a medical institution or something.