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    I stumbled across 1966's "Lucy Gets a Roommate" (Carol Burnett) on youtube. It is by far the best of Carol's 7 TLS/HL appearances. This was a year before Carol got her variety series and four years after she left The Garry Moore Show. In the meantime she had had a Broadway show and a special or two. But many CBS affiliates were unsure enough about Carol that they did not carry "TCBS" that fall (as I read in TV Guide), so I'm unclear just what Carol Burnett meant to the general public at that particular time. The episode is a fun and funny half-hour. I was struck by a couple things: -what a generous performer Lucille Ball was. The episode is designed as a showcase for Carol who is given the bulk of the comedy. Lucy carries her own but is essentially playing straight for Carol. 1966's Lucille Ball had nothing to prove, but not all performers would design a showcase for another who could potentially be considered a rival, and a 20-years younger one. -how far afield The Lucy Show got from the original premise in a very short period of time. Though undeniably funny, the "Roommate" proceedings are played much more broadly, sort of a sitcom-skit hybrid, a unique style that was not usually satisfying, IMO. I can't think of another similar sitcom, can you? It's impossible to imagine "Roommate" being done any time in the first 2 seasons. (I never equate the 3rd season Danfield episodes as being the same caliber as the first two). I didn't watch the Roommate sequel "Lucy and Carol in Palm Springs" but is there ANY reference to roommate Carol moving out of the Glenhall Apartments? As I recall, Carol Bradford's goofy, shy librarian character is totally different in "Palm Springs". The 1962-64 shows had at least SOME continuity but by this time TLS did not...and apparently no one cared. "Roommate" ranked #1 for its week!. Both the Carol Burnett TLS 2-parters offer a format-changing shift that is abandoned and never mentioned again after Bradford/Tilford returns to wherever she came from. The Tilford exit is even worse. They two DID graduate from stewardess school after all; and with enough honors to headline--some of their fellow graduates might say HOG---the graduation musical show (attended by ?????). Just try to imagine the 2-part stewardess shows as part of season 1 with Lucy and Viv playing the exact same script, Viv subbing for Carol! (...pausing while you do that....). To me the only highlight of both is the brief but hilarious visual of Lucy fighting the movie film upstream. Even when the comedy has potential, it's ruined by artificiality. The serving lesson has that fake-sounding over-dubbed tick of a clock. When Lucy and Carol's turn devolves into mayhem, it's accompanied by the annoying college fight song music---and doesn't the clock start ticking faster for no reason? Episodes like these are the type that have tarnished historic reputation of The Lucy Show. Entertaining (mostly) but vapid. .....sort of like my posts. When books are written about 60s TV shows, The Lucy Show, THE MOST successful sitcom of the decade (title shared with Andy Griffith), barely gets a mention, let alone any respect.
  3. 3 points
    Oh, I've thought about that - if the show was a hit, how long would she continue with it. I though maybe 3 seasons. If LWL was a hit that would have really kept Lucy in good spirits and maybe health and she probably would have lived longer. I think you are right, if the seasons had continued they would have eventually acknowledged the age issue. They never got a chance to work on improving the show.
  4. 3 points
    " Yep, Barry that joke isn't getting any funnier the second time I hear it."
  5. 3 points
    In honor of the upcoming Life With Lucy release: One Bad Grandparent Deserves a Smother: Curtis and Lucy's resentment of one another is taken to a new level when a sleepwalking Lucy attempts to smother Curtis in his sleep. A series of bizarre "accidents" then unfold with near fatal consequences for Lucy, such as the vibrating chair run amok. This ends after a stern lecture from Ted and Margo, who tell their parents that they're "too old" to be getting up to the same kind of shenanigans they used to. Making Love Among the Two-by-Fours: Leonard and his new girlfriend (Mindy Cohn) start having numerous lunchtime trysts around the hardware store, unaware Curtis has installed new security cameras after the burglary. The family gets the shock of their life, and the kids a lesson on the birds and the bees, when Curtis and Lucy review the tapes on the living room VCR. Lucy Gets Her Pliers Lost: While rearranging the P's, Mrs. Barker somehow misplaces an entire box of pliers, and will have the cost taken out of her paycheck if they don't turn up. The shoe's on the other foot, however, when Lucy discovers the box in Curtis' car. Realizing he was setting her up in order to have an excuse to fire her, Lucy spikes his fried eggs with laxatives the day an important client pays a visit. Lucy is a Wax Symbol: Wanting to stay hip, Lucy goes to a salon to inquire about bikini waxes. A representative from a hair removal company overhears her, and offers her free treatments in exchange for publicizing the results, as they wants to start appealing to an older demographic. Unfortunately, nobody told Lucy how painful this would be, and the deal goes sour fast when her televised waxing gets the company shut down for elderly abuse. Lucy Makes Curtis Right the Bust: Curtis is enlisted by Lucy to help redesign her brassieres, as the girls don't sit as evenly as they used to. Mother of the Wide: Good ol' two-chair Flo's mother (Frances Bavier) stops by to teach Curtis a lesson about fat-shaming. Lucy & The Lard Caboose: Mrs. Barker's infatuation with health food comes to an abrupt end after the latest tonic she tries (something called Vitametavegamin) causes her to black out. A post-hangover pizza rekindles her love of junk food, and soon Lucy can give cousin Flo a run for her money. Lucy's Lean Bum: Part two of the above episode - Lucy's weight becomes such an issue that the family ships her off to a health spa. Lucy soon turns weight loss into a competition after the spa's permanent resident Ann Sothern cracks, "and they said I got big!" Cracking Up Is Easy to Do: Curtis finally snaps his twig after cousins Ted and Harry introduce him to their respective secretaries.
  6. 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!!!
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    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.
  8. 2 points
    Lucy Is A Sax Symbol When Lucy pulls the saxophone out of the trunk the audience clap is nice. They knew it was her trademark instrument. With the saxophone appearing in this episode, Lucy has now played one on each of her 4 series. Lucy and Becky have a very lovely scene at the end and I don’t think it’s too sappy. Jenny was a good young actress and I think if another less talented kid was to do this scene it would be too sweet. A meta reference I liked was Becky saying she rather play electric guitar. Jenny actually does play guitar now. Whoever wrote this episode has never played a saxophone. When Lucy has Becky push her lips together, that’s how you would play a brass instrument. For example to play a trumpet you need to purse your lips to create a buzz noise. To play the saxophone you roll your lower lip over your teeth and the mouthpiece sits on them. You also don’t puff your cheeks out to play. When Lucy says her ring is stuck in the valve, I can see that working as a stuck point, but where it would be stuck is not a valve. It’s the cutout for the key. If she slid her hand in the bell and the large part of the ring wrapped itself over the lip of the brass then it could feasible get stuck. I played the sax for 9 years in school and when Lucy starts pushing on the keys and you hear the pads touch the brass, that brought back so many memories of my years playing. I also noticed the transition music had a heavier sax element to it than other episodes. Three pop culture notes. That pink cassette player of Becky’s was really popular in the 80s. I can’t remember if I had one or a friend did but I remember using it. It also had a strap on so you could carry it with you. Lucy holding up the poodle skirt saying that will never come back in style. The 80s was very big on 50s nostalgia so thought that was odd. Also, those swing skirts are super popular in the vintage community now, although I don’t see any with poodles on. Cats, haunted houses, bikes, even found one with backgammon pieces. I forget who was watching the Three Stooges marathon but I wonder if they noticed a tall blonde lady that looked kind of like grandma.
  9. 2 points
    I love these photos! This was a August 1971 event at the Hollywood Bowl for Nosotros, a group Ricardo Montalban founded to increase acting opportunities for Hispanic performers.
  10. 2 points
    Home from Jamestown and watching something I recorded off TCM while away, the documentary Ava Gardner: The Gypsy of Hollywood, and Lucy and Gary just popped up in colour footage arriving at a Hollywood premiere. The doc tries to pass it off as the preme of There’s No Business like Showbusiness, but that’s obviously impossible.
  11. 2 points
    "World's Greatest Godmother" With increasing competition from big-box, national chains, Lucy gets gangster to protect M & B Hardware. Things heat up when Curtis sees that Lucy used the computer to "modem in" an order for several suspicious items.
  12. 2 points
    Maybe they'll follow this up with the "Ethel Mertz Collection." Re-creations of Mrs. Mertz's dresses - all three of 'em!
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    If you have amazon prime, a handful of early Carol Burnett shows are available for no extra fee including Lucy’s first appearance in 1967. The episode appears to be complete. The episode includes the “Argentine Cafe” and car rental sketches.
  15. 2 points
    Miss Barbara Eden will be on Kelly & Ryan tomorrow morning, March 6. Check your local listings.
  16. 2 points
    The Ethel Mertz robe made an appearance on The Lucy Show before its Here's Lucy uses! From Lucy and Viv are Volunteer Firemen:
  17. 2 points
    Happy Birthday to this dynamic, ageless goddess!
  18. 2 points
    Really? My all-time favorite actor was in Lenny? I must check that out.
  19. 2 points
    That cut I actually yelled at the TV.
  20. 1 point
    Got my sets today. The good news: All 38 Season One episodes are included in this two-volume release... for the first time EVER. And they've all been cleaned up and look pretty good. The bad news: All the episodes are edited. Most run between 22:10 and 22:40. The first eight and "Aunt Mattie Boynton" are about a minute longer though, and one episode in Volume II -- "Public Property On Parade," which hasn't been included in the series' syndication package in decades -- runs in the 24-minute range. I'm generally pleased. Splitting the season into two separate sets makes it pricey (especially given the edited content), but if we want to see more of this series, and more releases of similar series, this is an effort we have to support.
  21. 1 point
    The I Love Lucy Christmas Special returns to CBS on Friday, December 20, at 8 p.m.! Awaiting word on which episode will be featured after the Christmas episode, but it is NOT a repeat of Pioneer Women, as mentioned by some CBS affiliates. Possibly "The Freezer", after the sneak peek we got in the Colorization Documentary?
  22. 1 point
    Another stellar job on Stu’s Show last night recapping the 1999 and 2000 Loving Lucy Conventions. I caught most of the show via the Roku channel and audio streaming on my phone. Just missed an hour in the middle when I had dance class. Tom Watson and Donavan Scott were the in-studio guests so they also talked about the colorized DVD, the Fathomevents showing, and Life With Lucy. The new color episode for Dec. and its airdate are not finalized yet, should be in a week or 2. I love listening to Life With Lucy stories from those that were there and worked on the show. They covered so much, which included the following. How and why Aaron and ABC got the show on the fall schedule so fast and some of the problems they had from that rapid development schedule. How cruel the critics were to Lucy. Donovan talked about how he was cast. Later in the evening they shared memories of the week John Ritter was on. What an incredibly nice guy he was and how Lucy was in heaven that week working with him. And a bunch more I’ve probably forgot or missed. I came into the convention reacp when they started with the banquet shows. They showed 2000 first where they did the continuing story of the movie Ricky made in Hollywood. Donavan played Fred and Janet Waldo, Eve Witney and Shirley Mitchell were also in the show. Second was 1999 and we were aboard the USS Constitution with Tab Hunter. I was at this one and I knew it was Tab before he turned around. Tab wasn’t too hard a guest to get and seemed to really enjoy himself. Next they talked about how the trivia contest expanded into a real game show setup and showed the rounds leading up to the finals from 2000. Some current and former lounge members were in that winning group. Panel discussion highlights from 1999 and 2000 were fantastic. Two themes that they edited together were how each panel member met Lucy as well as their memories of Desi. I had a lot of the panels from 1999 on home video but the ones from 2000 were just as good. There were also great in studio stories told by Stu, Tom and Donavan on lots of topics. Tom told 2 fantastic stories about Lucy and Desi that I had only heard small bits of before, so it was nice to get the full detailed stories on 2 events from 2 different post-divorce decades. They closed out the 4 hours with the final question at the Sunday panel discussion in 1999. I was there, I was recording with my little video camera all those answers and I still got teary hearing them again. It was Lucy’s close friends and family saying what Lucy meant to them/the effect she had on them. Lucie gave one of the most lovely and introspective assessments of her relationship with her mother I ever heard her tell. You can download the show when it gets posted for $2 and watch unlimited. Best $2 you’ll spend this week. I did this with the recap show from last year and I’m going to grab it just to listen to these wonderful stories again.
  23. 1 point
    The Wikipedia page lists them in aired order but numbers them in production order. That'll help illustrate the discrepancy. And you're right, they did bump up the guest star showcases to try and help ratings. Was Bob Hope intended to make an appearance? I'd never heard that before!
  24. 1 point
    The guy was caught. It was cleaned up and Carolyn said she's going to drop by and do any touch-ups needed.
  25. 1 point
    I got to thinking this morning about jobs in the McGibbon family. When Lucy and Curtis move in it’s mentioned that they can help with the finances since Margo’s job doesn’t pay a lot and Ted is in law school. I have lots of questions. Was Ted working before he went to law school and saved up the money for school from his previous job? Was it ever established that he is working while going to law school? How was the family with 2 kids getting along before the grandparents showed up with their hardware money? Was Margo the only one making money in the house before then? What did she do for a job, I don’t think that was ever mentioned?
  26. 1 point
    at least now its out for delivery
  27. 1 point
    In an attempt to mine some of Amazon Prime's success with exploring the late 50s New York comedy scene, CBS All-Access will debut The Mediocre Mr. Morton this fall.
  28. 1 point
    I've read articles and interviews over the years from Jr. but nothing this revealing and nothing this revealing about this parents and the divorce. We knew Desi had a temper but what he describes is really bad. Obviously a lot of that was do to alcohol. Two things that are troublesome to me is first, that the kids basically had no outlet to express their feelings. I know Lucy talks in her book about sensing the kids were upset and has said they heard and saw too much but I took that as, well that commonly happens in divorce. But to be scared to seek help in your sibling because your afraid that if you express sadness it's questioned. I wonder how much this went on after the divorce and the remarriage. Was the Parent Trap the only outlet they thought they had? Did they talk to any other family members? Second is that I sort of always thought of Lucy as the more violent one when her temper got going. She admitted to the car window smashing as a reaction to a fight in the early part of their marriage and in that 1950 radio interview she is questioned about her temper and admitted to throwing things. But Jr. says that she wasn't violent it was his dad that was. And that things got physical. To me that could be 2 things. Either physical in that a lot of things were thrown, broke, etc... In the divorce proceedings the busted pipe incident was mentioned to demonstrate the temper and that was a full out violent physical reaction from Desi. Or that he actually got physical in the hitting, slapping, shoving, etc.. domestic violence sense. I never thought there was any of that going on. But who knows what someone is capable of with alcohol. There are reports of Desi drunk getting physical with other men but never women. Wasn't there a story in his book back in 39 where his dance partner in the show had a physically abusive husband and Desi stepped in? But knowing what is wrong and being under the heavy influence of alcohol is another thing. It's an odd sort of thing to say "physical" an then not explain it, because the mind goes there. Maybe Jr. kept it vague on purpose.
  29. 1 point
    Thank you! I hadn’t seen that post. Appreciate
  30. 1 point
    Thank you for the recap. $25 that's pretty good. Watching Lucy with people is always fun. I never heard of the guy either until I saw the promotion for this event. Glad you had a fun time.
  31. 1 point
    I take this as a good sign. Amazon is showing "Temporarily Out Of Stock" for the DVD.
  32. 1 point
    Seeing I Love Lucy in a theater was such a special experience. I didn't want it to end. Hopefully this is something they will do again in the future, especially for those who missed it.
  33. 1 point
    That'd make a great legitimate supplement.
  34. 1 point
    I never bought that explanation, personally, Lane was not only in demand on the small screen for all the cantankerous coots he played but he was a busy theater actor, too, which I'm pretty sure he maintained well into the sunset days of his career, so I don't buy the bs that he "couldn't remember his lines."
  35. 1 point
    I watched the four broken leg story arc episodes, which are all great episodes of the series. I never noticed before that in Harrison Carter, Male Nurse, on her dresser, Lucy has a framed picture of her and the kids dressed as “Ma Parker,” “Herman,” and “Mildred!”
  36. 1 point
    In the book on the Golden Girls a few years back it talks about her turning down the role of Rose’s blind sister. The reason stated in the book was essentially the same as she stated in this oral history. This came after Stone Pillow and she felt that her fans wanted her back as funny Lucy and that too much of a departure from that was a bit much after she just gave them a dramatic character. Another reason given was scheduling conflicts due to dental work.
  37. 1 point
    A couple of months ago I made a donation to the Animal Foundation, and knowing that Doris read all of her fan mail meant I had to include a letter. Her response is one of my most prized possessions, and I highly recommend honoring her life by making a contribution.
  38. 1 point
    No, unfortunately, these will be half hour versions of the one hour show. I guess it might be too expensive to show the complete Carol Burnett Shows as they did have a lot of musical numbers included. It would be nice to see these broadcast. I have at least 3 DVD sets of the first few season of Burnett Shows with about 25-30 shows on the discs. They are fun to watch and i also believe they are available for streaming or downloading but not sure if all seasons are available.
  39. 1 point
    Carol and Tina Fey are producing a movie based on Carol and her late daughter Carrie! https://variety.com/2019/film/news/carol-burnett-movie-carrie-and-me-1203173222/
  40. 1 point
    I recall that Desi had wanted to transition to hour shows for some time before it ultimately happened. I read somewhere that his schedule as Desilu president basically precluded him playing Ricky full-time anymore, hence the guest-star driven focus of the comedy hours.
  41. 1 point
    Joey, in a nutshell, Ann was very rude to Barbara when the latter made a guest appearance on Private Secretary. Forced her hair and makeup to be made less flattering and was overall cold and dismissive. Barbara was shaken by the incident and was initially terrified to do Lucy's show because of it. Of course, Miss Ball's behaviour was the complete opposite. Eden talks about the Sothern incident a lot but usually does not refer to her by name. Her book is the only place she's included more detail on the subject.
  42. 1 point
    Yes but he's just as unfunny as Lucy though. First time I've heard them compared with equal talent.
  43. 1 point
    I guess Bruce and Diane forgot to tell their daughter that Lucy Carmichael was a widow trying to get by. http://greginhollywood.com/laura-dern-on-change-in-lucille-ball-from-i-love-lucy-to-the-lucy-show-years-i-was-like-‘she-seems-sad-now’”-168571?fbclid=IwAR3XRmtVWi6JGE8RI2QkL819jmHy7cWxyDbFvoJAAzliLJUKDw83OFiAXKw
  44. 1 point
    As she states, this wasn't the death of the musical, but the death of a certain type of musical. Musicals certainly didn't die after the 1960s. Few movie musicals have ever been as big as Saturday Night Fever and Grease, the later of which is now considered a classic.
  45. 1 point
    I know, I'm glad that made it. Love it in color. All those bubbles.
  46. 1 point
    I was aware of that project, but I didn't really have an interest in it. The show is great on TV, but I suspect this adaptation falls more under the commercial sect rather than the creative. The couple of times I've been in New York since it opened, the production hasn't been on my radar of things to see. I've been to a few Broadway shows that have a kids/tourist-y audience and it's not a pleasant vibe (for me, at least).
  47. 1 point
    I never knew that about MTM! (Did you attend a filming?) I was expecting a long night at Murphy Brown, but the actors were remarkably professional. Candice Bergen tripped over her opening dialogue a couple of times, but other than that, I don't think there was a single slip-up. What I really found interesting was how portions of scenes were re-shot with slightly different blocking due to the possibility of certain "bits" being cut for time. I still marvel at the thought of Lucy's shows wrapping in under an hour (according to folklore)- especially considering some of the elaborate visual chaos that had to be accomplished. Today it would be pre-taped with stunt doubles and CGI! Lol at Fran Drescher with laryngitis. I believe the Everybody Loves Raymond finale had to be postponed because Patricia Heaton got laryngitis.
  48. 1 point
    The absolute funniest part of Rodeo is when Lucy sings Home On the Range (yodel yodel yodel!) in that very nasal voice. Yes I am not a fan of Ragtime Band either. Nursery School is kind of neutral for me.
  49. 1 point
    All good choices, in my opinion. I do know "Ricky Needs an Agent" has had some discussion in the past, as I believe it's Brock's favorite episode. "Lucy's Club Dance" is a personal favorite of mine. I don't know why I don't discuss it more often, actually. An absolute blast from start to finish.
  50. 1 point
    I'd kill to see Without Love. I really need to get my hands on the Kate Hepburn box set it's available in. I watched Stage Door this morning. Lucy seems very at ease and natural, sort of makes me wonder how much of the character is really just her. I wish this movie were more well known, its dialogue is fabulous.
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