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  1. Desilu Productions

    "Lucy Waits Up For Christ"? I want a summary idea for that one!
  2. Seeing the country house would be nice. "I Love Lucy: Chicken Capers Special"
  3. DVR Alerts!

    Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  4. Failed Pilots from LBP

    Hope and Pray - Bob Hope plays a one-liner spouting priest at a highly dysfunctional church, where confessions turn into block comedy scenes. Featuring Ruth McDevitt as the absent minded organist. I’ve Got it Maid - Vanda Hopkins (Barra) and Eileen Franks (Brennan) are, respectively, the downstairs and upstairs maids of wealthy socialite Eleanor Blaisdel (Audley), who start off as rivals but eventually join forces to pull numerous pranks on their haughty boss. Also joining in the fun are the cook, Kathleen Baker (Freeman), and Eleanor’s less well-off sister Ruth (Perrott), who also live in the house. With guest appearances by Mickey Rooney and Lucille Ball as Ichirou and Toshi Yamaguchi, Eleanor’s Japanese gardeners. Blondells Have More Fun - Joan and Gloria play fictionalized versions of themselves who, upon seeing their showbiz careers drying up, resort to drastic measures to get attention. Wild parties, cheap booze, cheaper men, and talking smack about their least favorite costars to documentary filmmakers soon become their bread and butter. (Desilu President Lucille Ball, upon seeing the ratings, pulls an imaginary toilet chain and flushes the show away.) Faulty Towers - Herbert Rudley and Lou Krugman star as construction tycoon brothers Kent and Ron Grossman, whose lives and careers come crashing down (literally) when their latest series of office towers all collapse due to structural failure. Each facing prison sentences due to negligence, the brothers must adjust to life behind bars and ingratiate themselves with both the warden (Gale Gordon) and their fellow inmates – Tubbs (Tim Conway), who was getting rid of some paper; Tiny (Alan Hale), who used to rough people up for a living; and Hard Head Hogan (Iris Adrian), a former bouncer so terrifying that no women’s prison would take her. Mildred Fierce! - Joan Crawford stars as gay icon Mildred Davis. Despite being past her prime and forgotten by Hollywood, her loyal following of fairies (Paul Lynde, William Lanteau, Charles Nelson Riley, R.G. Brown, Herbert Kenwith) remain as devoted as ever, and help her stay active in summer stock, drag reviews and bath houses. Private Ai Yai Yai - Desi Arnaz stars as Jose Romero, owner of a private detective agency, with a stable of oddball detectives who give him more headaches than results. Featuring Imogene Coca as Daisy Pickles, who gets into plenty of them; Robert Rockwell as Morty Matthews, who’s as hopeless as solving cases as he is at finding love; and Jody Gilbert as Harriet Hash, who tends to use her fists rather than her brain. Merriweather in Hell - After timid Mr. Merriweather dies in a freak accident (he went out with a yes on his lips on a no day), he finds himself at the pearly gates. Unable to bear the thought of spending the afterlife without his beloved Tilly, he gets permission from St. Peter (Paul Lynde) to venture into the depths of hell to recover her. Finding hell to be less fire and brimstone and more booze and liquor, he recovers Tilly (voiced by June Foray) and, death having loosened him up considerably, soon discovers why she might have wanted to come here in the first place. The party atmosphere is soon ruined by the reemergence of his late wife Adelaide (Mercedes McCambridge), who has become the Girl Friday of Lucifer (Gary Marshall). Lucifer and Adelaide decree that Merriweather cannot leave hell until he has completed a series of tasks for them, which he sets about doing with the assistance of Tilly. Serving as his earthly guide is Lucy Ricardo, who communicates with him via Ouija board and gives him zany ideas to thwart Lucifer and Adelaide at every turn. Akins and Pain - Claude Akins stars as a responsible small-town doctor in this workcom, who has to deal with a recurring series of wacky and difficult patients (including Carol Burnett as hypochondriac Persephone Glick) as well as the antics of his staff – Nurse Bertha Birch (Ruth Buzzi), a nymphomaniac who has the hots for the doc; ditzy receptionists Shirley and Myrtle (Lucie Arnaz and Sue Tolsky), who take more coffee breaks than phone calls; and bitter janitor Hubert McGuff (Parley Baer), who keeps more liquor stashed in his mop bucket than cleaning supplies. Bang for Your Buck - Eve Arden stars as professional Madam Eunice Quedens, who’s been in the biz for many, many years. As work has dried up for her friends and colleagues over the years, she launches a bordello aimed at those interested in “mature” or “curvy” women and moves the gals in. These ladies of the evening have been around the block and know more tricks to pleasing men than Cosmo, so word of mouth is strong and soon business is booming. But can the gals survive the random visits from the conniving inspector (Frank Nelson) and convince him they're actually just a boarding house? The Ladies: Vivian Vance, Jean Carson, Sandra Gould, Florence Halop, Reta Shaw, Estelle Winwood, Hope Emerson, Alice Pearce, Barbara Pepper, Totie Fields, Madge Blake, Iris Adrian Regular Customers: William Frawley, Richard Deacon, Gale Gordon, Jay Novello, Sid Gould, Gary Morton, Roger C. Carmel, Don Knotts, Alvin Hurwitz, Harvey Korman, Jim Nabors
  5. 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.
  6. What an interesting theme, and nice to see some more non-Hollywood selections.
  7. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Rowan-Martins-Laugh-In-The-Complete-Series/23278 Before there was Saturday Night Live, there was Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" - The New York Times IN TIME FOR ITS LANDMARK 50TH ANNIVERSARY, COMMEMORATE A GROUNDBREAKING VARIETY SHOW WITH A DELUXE COMPLETE SERIES COLLECTOR'S SET AVAILABLE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME ROWAN AND MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION Time Life Brings Together All Six Seasons (1968-1973) of This Emmy and Golden Globe-Winning, Star-Laden, Genre-Busting Series in One Stunning DVD Set Featuring 140 Complete Episodes Remastered from Original Broadcast Masters - 63% of Which Have NEVER Been Available Before on Any Format - Hours of Specially-Produced Extras, a 2-Page Collector's Book and More! Available Exclusively Online at TimeLife.com/LaughIn; Pre-Order Begins May 9, 2017 FAIRFAX, VA (May 9, 2017) - Named by TV Guide as one of the "50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time," Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In was also one of the most groundbreaking. A fast-moving barrage of rapid-fire one-liners, on-going sketches, musical numbers, and hilarious social and political satire, it was an instant hit following its NBC prime-time debut in 1968. Hosted by Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, the unique variety series - a psychedelic take-off of a '60s-style happening - perfectly captured the spirit of an era, launched the careers of many a comic actor and writer, and fed a new generation's conversations with hip catchphrases like "Sock it to me!," "You bet your sweet bippy!," and "Here come da judge!" Laugh In would go on to become one of the most popular shows in the history of television. Never before available in its entirety on any format, beginning May 9, ROWAN AND MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION will be offered as a deluxe 38-disc collector's set from Time Life and Proven Entertainment with David DiVona. Featuring all 140 original broadcast episodes plus the pilot, hours of specially-produced extras and featurettes, a bonus disc featuring hours of specially-produced extras, a 32-page collectible memory book featuring "liner notes" from producer/creator George Schlatter and more, ROWAN AND MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION will be available to pre-order exclusively at TimeLife.com/LaughIn for $249.95. "Laugh-In was a free fall of television without a net. It was dangerous. It was controversial. It was totally unpredictable and always funny." - George Schlatter Laugh-In originally aired as a one-time special on September 9, 1967, and was such a success that it was brought back as a series, replacing The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on Mondays at 8pm. With seasoned comedy team Rowan and Martin presiding over the zippy hour-long variety show, which capably mixed sketch comedy and sight gags with trenchant political commentary, the comic regulars resonated loudly and hilariously - Goldie Hawn's giggly blonde, Lily Tomlin's snorting telephone operator, Judy Carne's "Sock-It-To-Me" girl, JoAnne Worley's anti-chicken-joke militant, Ruth Buzzi's perpetually-frustrated spinster, and Arte Johnson's "verrry interesting" German soldier, to name a few. And over the next six seasons, from 1968-1973, the off-the-wall NBC staple would become a pop culture phenomenon and the #1 rated show during the 1968-69 and 1969-70 television seasons. The pioneering series - which would go onto to capture 6 Emmy Awards (for Outstanding Variety Series, 1971) and 31 nominations, as well as 2 Golden Globe Awards, including "Best TV Show" (1969) - can also be remembered by the seemingly endless parade of guest stars who flocked to the red-hot variety show for memorable appearances and cameos...including Tim Conway, Bob Newhart, Debbie Reynolds, Liberace, Raquel Welch, Sammy Davis, Jr., Jonathan Winters, Carol Channing, The Monkees, Sonny and Cher, Barbara Feldon, Bobby Darin, Andy Griffith, Diana Ross, James Garner, Michael Landon, Buddy Hackett, Steve Lawrence, Jack Lemmon, Kirk Douglas, Robert Goulet, Flip Wilson, Don Rickles, John Wayne, a ukulele-strumming Tiny Tim, and many more. The series' most famous single moment, however, came in 1968 when presidential candidate Richard Nixon surprised viewers with a brief appearance in which he deadpanned "Sock it to me?," before capturing the White House. Initially, exclusively available online at TimeLife.com/LaughIn, ROWAN AND MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION commemorates the influential program's landmark 50th anniversary with a handsomely-packaged DVD set from the TV-DVD archivists at Time Life. Across 38 discs and 150+ hours of transformative entertainment, fans of classic TV, comedy and variety will be treated to the series in its entirety for the very first time: all 140 episodes, complete and uncut and remastered from the original broadcast elements for optimal viewing. 89 of the episodes (63%) have never before been released on any format, making this eagerly-anticipated completist's set a valuable - and highly entertaining - collection. Also included in the collection is the rare pilot episode, a collectible 32-page memory book loaded with archival photos, show images, classic jokes and one-liners, "liner notes" from creator/producer George Schlatter, and an exclusive bonus DVD. The collection includes more than 6 hours of exclusive bonus features including the complete 25th Anniversary Cast Reunion and interviews with Lily Tomlin and George Schlatter that are only available in this complete collection. Other exclusive bonus features include: Interviews with Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens, Arte Johnson, Alan Sues The Laugh-In Pilot Episode Still Laugh-In: A Tribute to George Schlatter Laugh-In Bloopers How We Won the Emmys ...and more! With the combined efforts and input from one of the most talented ensemble casts and the largest, most creative groups of writers, editors, composers, directors, scenic and costume designers ever assembled, Laugh-In became an instant classic, transforming pop culture and the medium of television. And today, 50 years after the show first aired, it remains one of the most memorable and beloved shows in TV history.
  8. In the opening scene of "The Fashion Show," I love Ethel's blasé reaction to Fred's coughing fit. The resigned look on her face as if to say "what else is new?" is so well done. Nobody could do the long-suffering wife facial expressions like Vivian.
  9. Though you could explain away Little Ricky's switch from toddler to child over the course of one season as a continuity error, I think a more believable approach is that several years have passed between seasons 5 and 6. Lucy and Ricky's older looking appearance helps support that theory. Maybe that final half-hour season was closer to 1960 than 1957.
  10. I know. She's very diplomatic, and usually never refers to Sothern by name when discussing the incident. Her book is really the only place where she's gone into any detail about it.
  11. That sparkly dress story has had more performances than South Pacific.
  12. Lucy Fest 2019

  13. Google Doodle

    Time wrote about the doodle not long ago, and referred to Arnaz playing Ricky "Riccardo". Such stellar research.
  14. Google Doodle

    Thanks for sharing this. This didn't appear on Australian Google so I wouldn't have known about it otherwise.
  15. I'd never consciously registered that before, but you're absolutely right. Lucy and Ricky changed far more in appearance than Fred and Ethel did. If anything, Lucy grew older looking while Ethel got younger every year. Maybe Mrs. Mertz was slowly sucking the life out of Mrs. Ricardo through some enchantment Mrs. Trumbull taught her? (Neil, spinoff idea: Mrs. Trumbull is head of secret witches coven, along with Lucy's mother). Desi suffered in particular. It's even more shocking when you see him a mere 7 years later on "The Mothers-in-Law" and realize he was only 50. Stress and alcohol make a potent ageing potion. Lucy still looked good by the end of the run, but the weariness around her eyes is striking. As well, the harsher lines on her face do give her a more stern countenance. Kusley's Kontraption did allow her to look considerably less worn-out for most of the hour longs, but it's unfortunate she couldn't have had a differently styled wig. The artichoke cut was not especially flattering on her. Vivian was positively glamorous during the final years. The elegant flipped hairstyles, the more expensive clothes. I know this was done at Vivian's request, and there's no denying how great she looked, but it's harder to believe she's Ethel when done up all fancy schmancy. Either Fred really loosened the purse strings during those final seasons, or Ethel had far more dresses than she ever let on. Or maybe she just hid Fred's glasses to steal from his money belt and didn't give them back until she'd had each dress a while.
  16. It's true. I can always tell which season I'm watching. Okay, the different apartment sets and Hollywood Hotel are major distinguishing factors, but I can also tell just by the tone of the episode which year it was from. Season 1 was zany silliness; 2 was more grounded and had Lucy and Ricky mature with the baby's arrival; 3 was the content season, with everyone adjusted to their new dynamics; 4 was the big event year, with Hollywood and big dreams on the horizon; 5 was everyone taking over the world; 6 was the Ricardos settling into middle age and the suburbs with a school-age child; and the hour longs were the guest-star spectaculars. I'd never really thought of the evolution in those terms before, but it was a very logical progression from a young, married couple still starting out evolving into "two people who live together and like it."
  17. Good observations. I like how you describe season three as the smallest. I take it you mean in terms of "event" episodes? If so, you're right that it's content just to play with things as they are, and isn't trying to constantly shake things up. I love how settled everyone feels this season. Lucy and Ricky have the baby and the new apartment, and are obviously happy with what they have (except in "Lucy is Envious"). This year produced some of my favorite episode, with everyone just getting up to misadventures around the apartment. No trips, no life-changing events, just two NYC couples living life.
  18. "This stage, where I got my start..."

    I think Rhonda Medina should perform "Shortnin' Bread" and "My Hero" as part of a Vivian tribute show.

    Clark Gable's grandson, Clark Gable III, has died at the tragically young age of 30.
  20. Lucy Fest 2019

    I take it that failed sitcom of Mulaney's from a few years back was not an accurate testament to his talents?
  21. New Lucy Books

    I think the RA story is so prevalent because of that Goodtimes "Funny World of Lucy" documentary, which includes footage from a Dick Cavett interview in the 70s where she discussed it. Those tapes were a dime a dozen back in the 90s, then it was put on DVD in the early 2000s. I'm sure a huge number of casual Lucy fans would've picked that set up because of how inexpensive it was. Many probably only know the story from there and not her book. In the Cavett interview, she claimed RA combined with malnutrition led to her infirmity; she wasn't taking proper care of herself in NYC and became very run down because of it. So again, the story seems to change slightly with each telling. I thought that woman's article was a tad overreactive but I was pleased the comments were so balanced. I do agree with her point that the estate should make more of an effort getting the information removed from other sources, if it's that pressing a concern.
  22. Let me see. There was the phone giveaway episode in season 2. Then we had Lucy Wants New Furniture the following year, and she gave her old stuff to the Mertzes.
  23. Lucy Misses the Mertzes - A touching episode, but rather slow in pace. It's rare to see such a quiet episode with so little action. I do like how it cements the closeness of their friendships, though. Lucy Gets Chummy With the Neighbors - A good introduction to the Ramseys, and (IMO) the best of the new furniture episodes. I wish Frank Nelson had made more appearances as Ralph, he was quite good in the part. Lucy did have a point - their NYC furniture did not suit that house.
  24. Gag Headlines

    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
  25. New ‘Closer’ cover featuring L&D

    "Secrets and Scandals", huh? Let me take a wild guess: Bill and Viv didn't get along, Lucy forced Viv to be overweight and wear ugly clothes, CBS didn't want Desi, didn't want the pregnancy story, Lucy wasn't a natural redhead...am I in the ballpark?