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  1. 4 points
    Practically every episode of "I Love Lucy" was filmed in less than an hour, including camera reloads and costume changes. The record was only 42 minutes! (The "no-retakes" rule helped.) When they filmed "The Freezer", they shot it from start to finish, only applying those "frozen Lucy" makeup effects that could be applied very quickly just before she was rescued from the freezer. When they reached the end of the final scene, they announced to the audience that they were going to apply more "frozen" makeup to Lucy and re-shoot the "Freezer rescue" scene, but it would take at least an hour to apply all of Lucy's makeup, so the audience was free to go. But if anyone wanted to wait around and watch the reshoot, they could. As it turned out, every single member of the audience sat and waited for over an hour to watch the re-shoot of that scene.
  2. 2 points
    Wth those settings, Viv must really be a sight from behind in her knit suit!
  3. 2 points
    I swear I thought he died years ago. He was old in the 1980s on Our House.
  4. 2 points
    Season Three "Mini Marathon" Lucy Meets the Burtons Lucy the Skydiver ...Sammy Davis Jr. ...Drum Contest (Buddy Rich) ...the Crusader (a personal favorite as it never gets old! Charles Nelson Reilly's hilarious guest star warranted a repeat visit, wonder why it never happened??) ...the Coed ...the American Mother
  5. 2 points
    Kudos to you for your charitable work. I think you probably could have benefited from a work song to stay motivated and on schedule. "Gonna stuff a chicken.....
  6. 2 points
    Lucy Barker has made the cover of Billy Van Zandt's upcoming memoir: https://www.amazon.com/GET-CAR-JANE-Adventures-Wasteland-ebook/dp/B0855TWKKB/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Lucille+Ball&qid=1587682464&s=books&sr=1-2&swrs=14563003FA86252FE7DF3F10B1E91F5C
  7. 2 points
    Very talented man. We both attended the same high school (not at the same time!). I saw him on Broadway in Love Letters opposite Carol Burnett and talked to him after the show. I mentioned our high school and he sang the school’s entire fight song! I didn’t know we had one. 😂 Brian Dennehy also makes me think of this amazing story from Quinn Cummings. https://twitter.com/quinncy/status/1060303097178673152?s=21
  8. 2 points
    Nothing really wrong with the "Gertie" actress but it would have been nice to have somebody we recognize. The aforementioned Iris Adrian. Or Reta Show. I suppose this was too late for Barbara Pepper. And I'm always promoting MORE Jody Gilbert! Speaking of Ms. Pepper: did she ever make an appearance on The Lucy Show? Poor Barbara. She had such a promising start in the movies as a saucy ingenue, 4 years younger than Lucy but coming on the scene at the same time. But life doesn't always follow the path we think it's going to. The story goes that she never really recovered from a personal tragedy of the late 40s. Though she made many appearances in TV and high profile movies ("Music Man" "My Fair Lady"), she will be forever known as the mother of Arnold Ziffel on Green Acres. Later in the run, husband Fred would appear with some excuse for Doris not being there. Then a new Doris Ziffel showed up in the person of actress Fran Ryan. Barbara was still alive and got some bit parts post-Green Acres, but died at the early age of 54 in 1969. We took these great character actors for granted. In the pre-internet days (and pre-EVERYTHING), there was no way for us to let them know how much we enjoyed them. I hope the spirits of Barbara and the others are up there/out there knowing now how much we loved them...even 50+ years later. A "Green Acres" without Doris Ziffel could still be fun but it was similar to a "Bewitched" without Alice Pearce.
  9. 1 point
    Since Joey mentioned Tubi...We have that in Australia, but the catalogue doesn’t seem as extensive. I logged on using a VPN and was surprised at how much more “Lucy” content there was. The Australian version only has the two-part “Funny World of Lucy” documentary. Must be a distribution rights issue. But I’m surprised they haven’t secured “Here’s Lucy” given its popularity in this country.
  10. 1 point
    You're probably right. Fewer shows were shot/aired in color in 65-66 than I realized. I always assumed, without any proof, that Dick Van Dyke went into the season knowing it was their last so continued in b/w because of that. I'd forgotten that Jeannie debuted that year and was initially in b/w (on color-pioneering NBC!) --with a different theme song. Me or Antenna is running the mostly-forgotten sitcom "Joey Bishop" which has the unique distinction of going from b/w in its first season to color for seasons 2 & 3, then back to b/w for its 4th and final. Filmed at Desilu, there are a lot of familiar names in the credits including Milt Josefsburg. Nothing is horrible about "Joey B..", but there's no draw either.
  11. 1 point
    You might right, I don't know. But I personally think why they chose to emphasis on I Love Lucy and not throw in more episodes of The Lucy Show in that particular marathon is because of their perception of the public's fondness and familiarity with ILL and feeling that having more I Love Lucy would draw in more viewers or sustain them unlike The Lucy Show. I could be wrong too. But I've noticed over the years since I became a fan of both shows is that many networks have had that same sentiment/line of thinking, unfortunately. If you noticed back when Nick-at-Nite first added I Love Lucy to their nightly schedule that was when they pushed The Lucy Show from its 11:30pm timeslot to later timeslots in overnight. Aside from weekends and special events here and there, from that point forward The Lucy Show never returned to prime-time or any timeslot earlier than 12:30am. I have always felt that the first three seasons of The Lucy Show had an I Love Lucy feel to them unlike the last two or three seasons of the show. That's not to say the other seasons weren't any good but they were just different as the show evolved. Different background music, different dynamic between the main characters, different writing, different settings and even Lucy's voice was different as it went from her almost "Lucy Ricardo voice" in the earlier seasons to a deeper, huskier one.
  12. 1 point
    Oh nice. I found all those and the titling is mine. Not the first time they reposted from my page without a thank you.
  13. 1 point
    Let's do a post 1960s film. Francis Fisher for 60/70s Lucy and Carole for 80s Lucy.
  14. 1 point
    Did they just throw a bunch of A list redheads and Latin men in a hat and pick one? If so I would have preferred Bryce Dallas Howard. A few years back they said it was to be a one week plot. Its red scare all the way. Calling Judy Davis, we need you to do Hedda again.
  15. 1 point
    Quick clip of a Nick At Night Lucy promo on CBS Sunday morning in a piece on Summner Redstone.
  16. 1 point
    It's been confirmed by Lucy stalwart Tom Watson that there's one in the can ("The Freezer") however CBS has not given a go-ahead nor scheduled (to date) another Lucy "colorized" special... While it wouldn't be my first choice for next one up to be updated with "color" (I'm itching to see a Connecticut episode featuring that beautiful Early American country-house set) it is nice to know there is another one rarin' to go!
  17. 1 point
    I believe I can now say "I've seen everythin', brudder!" I wonder if the audience knew they were listening to the golden vocals of one Lucille Ball.
  18. 1 point
    Good question. I think the first time the baby’s name was mentioned was in the flashback opening of The Audition rerun.
  19. 1 point
    Thanks for this. Your last paragraph sounds completely on the nose. Why not come up with your own characters instead of twisting and distorting the lives of real people to fit a fictional narrative? I think I’ll give this one a pass...or else wait for Lindsay Lohan to do the Lifetime Original Movie version.
  20. 1 point
    You’re not alone. Years ago, Lily Tomlin told a story on a late night show about how she’d publicly referred to “the late Wilford Brimley” and later had to apologise, in writing, to Brimley’s camp, who were deeply offended. She read the letter out loud and it was hysterical.
  21. 1 point
    Wilford Brimley has died at 85; yes, only 85. It seems like he’s been an old geezer with di-a-beetus forever.
  22. 1 point
    Cut scene from "Lucy Meets Danny Kaye."
  23. 1 point
    The "We Love Lucy" episode of Will & Grace received three Emmy nominations today: Outstanding Directing for James Burrows, Outstanding Editing, and Outstanding Production Design.
  24. 1 point
    Have to concur about the tith on edge. I couldn’t believe it when I found out Rainbow was his actual surname. A gay man named Rainbow born in Queens...it’s so on the nose it’s not even funny.
  25. 1 point
    "Lucy and Fred are having trouble finding their birth certificates, needed for their passports." This was actually the description given for "Passports" on a recent Me-TV airing. Fred: "I didn't even know there WAS a West Steubenville!"
  26. 1 point
    I was rereading these brilliant season 4 plot lines. We're a clever bunch! Here's a little different what-if take on season 4 Hedda Hopper's column Feb. 5, 1965: "It's official. Vivian Vance has turned in her resignation and will not be a regular when "The Lucy Show" begins its 4th season next fall. However, in a happy turn of events "Vivian Bagley" will be back for a limited run. Desilu has offered Vance a very lucrative deal to return for the first 13 episodes of the new season which will be a story arc chronicling her meeting and marrying new character "Vern Bunson" with the promise that many episode will center more on the lovey-dovey couple with little involvement from Lucy Carmichael. Doubling the enticement, if the couple clicks, is the possibility of her own "Viv & Vern" spinoff, which Vance would produce in partnership with Desilu. Story outlines for the 13 episodes have been completed which will include the courtship, wedding and the tearful parting of Lucy and Viv, sure to be a ratings winner for CBS (last episode in the arc "Viv Is Enciente"). Vance signed her contract, which puts her new salary on par with the series star and studio head Lucille Ball with the proviso that she waive casting approval. Desilu wanted her new co-star to be a surprise but Vance picked up little pieces of information from the gossip-mill. She heard the name "Fred" and the fact that the actor just completed 5 seasons of a hit sitcom on ABC. Naturally she thinks it will be tall, dashing and age-appropriate Fred MacMurray who recently quit "My Three Sons". *. When the cast sits down for the first table read of "Viv Meets Vern Bunson", she blows a gasket when the actor hired to play Vern walks in, a completely different My Three Sons "Fred" than she was expecting. Vance's contract is iron-clad so she'll make the best of it but has nixed the idea of a V&V spinoff unless her real-life husband, New York based bon vivant John Dodds can replace Frawley as Vern. Vance's weekly 3000 mile commute has afforded the couple little time together. Vance adds: "You can't have children long distance". Dodds: "U-u-u-u-u (spider voice)" *This part is based on fact. MacMurray's My Three Sons ABC contract WAS for 5 years (1960-65) and he wanted to walk but was talked into returning by CBS who offered him a sweetheart deal: all of his scenes for the entire season would be filmed in 3 months. Then the cast would do their scenes after MacMurray's departure which accounts for the show's clunky feel, post 1965.
  27. 1 point
    Poor Carl didn't get to outlast the administration he so artfully and frequently tweeted about. The pictures of Carl and Mel hanging out on Saturday are extra heartwarming knowing that it would be their last time together. It's almost unbelievable, considering how active and present he'd been right up until the end.
  28. 1 point
    I found this on line today, Lucy cosmetics! When I say the name Lucille Ball, a very specific image probably enters your mind: ginger ringlets, pale complexion, big lashes, and bright red lips. This month, the iconic actress's signature look will be translated to a retro makeup collection by — you guessed it — Besamé Cosmetics. On June 25, you can snag up to seven products the brand says are exact matches to the makeup Ball wore back in her day. Similar to the lipsticks, Lucy's Face Powder Compact is encased in gold with an etching of Ball. Inside you'll find a mattifying pressed powder you can use to set your makeup and blot oil throughout the day or night. Lastly, Lucy's Pencil Set contains two eyeliner pencils (a brown for the lash line and a white for the waterline) and a bright red lip pencil to match Love That Redhead. Those who purchase the collection as a bundle (which costs $150) will be gifted two additional and exclusive products: an I Love Lucy tote bag and a set of false lashes the brand says "are based on the exact size, shape, and color that Lucille Ball wore." The Besamé Cosmetics Lucille Ball Collection is available on June 25 from besamecosmetics.com. https://www.allure.com/story/besame-cosmetics-lucille-ball-collection
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  30. 1 point
    An podcast with Lucie and Kate about the collection! https://besamecosmetics.podbean.com/e/lucy-legacy-special-with-lucie-arnaz-and-kate-luckinbill-connor/
  31. 1 point
    I wonder if this is intentional. It's a plot point that Judy (Maureen O'Hara) has blue eyes and Bubbles doesn't.
  32. 1 point
    Bill Frawley's funeral.
  33. 1 point
    Interesting idea; if I had to choose out of this list (based on my DVD collection), it'd be "Safari", because you can't beat a good Gorboona, "Italian Bombshell", because I miss Kaye Ballard, and "Eddie Albert", because it's an episode I never get tired of.
  34. 1 point
    Had a lovely lunch the other day watching this panel. Rue had a great memory for the episodes. Loved the interplay between Betty and Rue and good audience questions.
  35. 1 point
    I downloaded this when you first posted. I love the second interview. That guy was drifting into sensitive territory and made for a fascinating listen.
  36. 1 point
    There is a clip of Ann’s opening number from a bootleg on YouTube. It’s poor quality with audio dropouts, but it gives you a taste of Ann in the show.
  37. 1 point
    Very well put and you are so right. Were it not for this episode I don't know if I would know what a Cobb salad is. If I ever see "Veal Cutlet Marco Polo" on any menu, I will order it. Isn't that what Fred ordered? Lucy had the spaghetti of course. I don't remember what Ethel ordered.
  38. 1 point
    Today I ended up going down a rabbit hole reading about Sugar Babies. I knew of the show, but didn't know the show until this morning. The YouTube clip of Ann and Mickey at the Tonys is nothing short of incredible. Folks love to throw around the phrase "you couldn't do that today" about everything from Blazing Saddles to The Office, but you really couldn't do Sugar Babies today, simply because we don't have talent that sells itself like that. Heck, even in 1979, you'd be hard-pressed to find two leads that fit the bill as well as Miller and Rooney. Red Skelton (a former burlesque performer), would've been perfect in the male lead, but who could top Johnnie Lucille's extreme individuality? They revived the show in London a decade later and performed at the Royal Variety, but it's clearly a British audience and British production values. There's nowhere near the pizazz (the mystique!) or the wild love from the audience that comes on Broadway. Any available clips are worth checking out. Side Note: This is allegedly the show where Ann, tired of burning a hole in the ozone layer with hairspray, commissioned two wigs made of wire that she would wear every night. Later on, while doing summer stock, a beam fell and hit her on the head; it would've killed her if she weren't wearing such course ha'r. Irma eat your heart out!
  39. 1 point
    Thanks for this. I didn't realize that Lucie Arnaz only appeared in HALF of the 6th season episodes. I appreciate these are listed in the order of filming (which I assume they are) and not in the order they aired. Some interesting, if puzzling scheduling choices.
  40. 1 point
    "Lucy and John Wayne"- The cable channel INSP aired this last night as part of their month long tribute to John Wayne. Appropriately enough, it was on after "The War Wagon". They used the newest remastered print with the "jack in the box" opening and it looked great. However, it was timesped to the point of distraction.
  41. 1 point
    I received the Australian release in the mail today, and decided to compare it to its North American counterpart. You can differentiate the front covers by the huge rating, of course. The back cover is a little different. With the absence of the barcode in the upper right corner, Australia got a larger picture of Lucy in her saxophone costume, while the shot of her and Gale in the hardware store was omitted entirely. The complete cast photo is also less cropped on either side, while the image of Lucy in her tracksuit has been shortened to accommodate the higher "special features" bar. (Not to be overly pedantic, but the summary should've been modified to remove the 5 NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN EPISODES blurb, as all 13 were actually broadcast here. I doubt anyone working at Shock would've known this, however, and they probably only had permission to use CBS approved materials.) Don't get too excited about the 16:9 aspect ratio, that is an error. I knew it was the moment I saw it. Life With Lucy has NOT been remastered in widescreen for Australia! I also somehow doubt the audio is 5.1, though I haven't checked specifically. The discs are different from the U.S. release in that they open with the SHOCK logo instead of CBS, and they're locked to Region 4. Apart from that, the menus and source contents are identical. The biggest difference (and only true improvement) over the U.S. release is the full-color artwork printed on the discs themselves. I may eventually splurge on Shock's The Lucy Show boxset if only to get the discs with color artwork instead of CBS's standard grey printing.
  42. 1 point
    Here’s Lucy is a viral sensation! More than a million people have watched this video!
  43. 1 point
    2 un-produced My Mother the Car episodes, prohibited by the network censor: "After Mother's headlights get a gander at the taut Roadster owned by Gene Hibbs, she badgers son Dave to pay for liposuction on her rumble seat. While in the shop for an estimate, she spies Hibbs' Roadster up on blocks and discovers it's all a cosmetic facade, done with bungie cables temporarily lifting the old jalopy's tired suspension. Guest cast: Hibbs: RG Brown. Mechanic: Jay Novello. Voice of Hibbs' Roadster: Selma Diamond ." "When Mom's tail pipe starts leaking oil, the scent revs up the engine of the hot rod next door. Months later, the jig is up when a litter of kiddie cars pops out of Mom's trunk and she has to admit to her son Dave that she and the hot rod did indeed lock bumpers. It's an embarrassing uphill battle when Mother forces Dave to take the neighbor to court demanding car-support payments. Hot rod owner: Roger C. Carmel. Judge: Parley Baer. Bailiff: Joseph Mell. Voice of Hot Rod: Brian Cutler. " Yes, "My Mother the Car" WAS a series and THIRTY episodes were produced. Can you imagine the meeting where the creators pitched this to the network? Then it was PICKED UP?? I mean, how many plots could there be?
  44. 1 point
    Ann was a great vehicle in My Mother, the Car. Nick at Nite had great promos. I loved that before most of their shows that would name the episode title, the episode number, and a fun fact or moment relating to the episode.
  45. 1 point
    Thanks for the roundup. I've been saving this to watch during porch time. Yes I schedule what room of the house I vacation.
  46. 1 point
    Does anyone know how they shot this? In his interview, Sean mentions 5 hours of makeup to get into Fred. I'll bet they shot each segment on a different night with a different audience. I've often wondered in the original how much time they took to get Lucy into a different costume and make up. They were much more concerned about not keeping the studio audience waiting forever than they are today. As I've mentioned before when I saw the Here's Lucy blind date/Don Knotts, while Don did his Ben/Fred speech they were making Lucy up as werewolf in real time so there was no break before she emerged. I thought the guy doing Ross Elliot was good and I love that the guy doing Jerry did that "23% alcohol??" take.
  47. 1 point
    I watched Lucy Meets Orson Welles last night and it never occurred to me that, with the deletion of the scene with the Mertzes’ attempting Shakespeare, Fred only has a single line in the episode.
  48. 1 point
    I just watched an episode where Steve learns Spanish. Bub jokes, "I'm commencing to feel like Desi Arnaz's houseboy!"
  49. 0 points
    Lucie and Kate did a great Instagram Live today and mentioned that, with all the production delays, Cate is no longer attached to the picture.
  50. 0 points
    A genius has left us. 😢 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/30/arts/television/carl-reiner-dead.html I'm absolutely in shock. He was tweeting up a storm yesterday (and it was definitely always him sending out those tweets!) and did an interview in the last week. He was the greatest!
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