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  1. Hey! Aren't we going to get a May 2018 2-episode colorized treat? If they haven't decided yet, I vote for "Operetta" and "Million Dollar Idea". I'm thinking of episodes that would appeal to "the masses", rather than my favorites. I don't know why CBS wouldn't continue doing them. The cost is all in the colorization since CBS owns the series outright. An "I Love Lucy" special doesn't have to get great ratings to turn a profit for CBS. They should consider doing one of the two stellar hour shows "Celebrity Next Door" or "Makes Room for Danny". I prefer "Danny" but maybe Talullah would play better to 2018 audiences. Danny has probably fallen out of the public consciousness but has Talullah? She's probably better known for this episode than anything else she did. Danny was once a TV powerhouse, stopping his own show in 1964 (when it was still a ratings winner) and had ownership in "Andy Griffith" "Gomer Pyle" and "I Spy". Between 1964 and 1967 he did specials for NBC and had his own anthology series in 67-68 scheduled opposite (and losing to) his own "Andy Griffith Show". "The Danny Thomas Hour" was not renewed. Present day Danny fans shouldn't feel too bad since he's in good company. I overheard a 30-ish flight attendant at the Bob Hope/Burbank Airport say "So who IS Bob Hope?"
  2. There ARE more things to learn about Lucy. Here's something I had never heard before about "Life with Lucy". I don't know who MASH writers were but it's hard to imagine a blend of that show with Lucy. "ABC offered Ball the writers from the huge hit M*A*S*H, but Ball insisted on her longtime writers Bob Carrol Jr. and Madelyn Pugh Martin Davis"
  3. For Your Consideration

    Though she was the star of this episode, I would nominate Lucie as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for "Fights the System".
  4. Just saw this: a HOOT! In one episode, Eve could join Judy Holladay and Shelly Winters recreating The Andrews Sisters
  5. "Lucy, who was seven years older than Desi," ??? By my calculation it was a month over 5 1/2 years. But still, WHY is this even discussed? If it was the other way around (Desi being 5 1/2 to 7 years older than Lucy), it wouldn't make a bit of difference to anyone. They never looked like an "older woman/younger man" couple. For that matter neither did Lucy and Gary, who was (depending on your source) 13 to 15 years younger than Lucy. It helped that he let his toupee go grey. Incidentally, for years Gary's YOB was given as the same as Desi's: 1917. For a brief period, I worked as a temp for an insurance company in Los Angeles. I looked up Lucy in the files (as I always do) and there was a policy listing Gary's YOB was listed as 1910!!
  6. MAME

    Decades TV channel has a show called "Hollywood Remembers" where they pick a year and highlight films released. It's pretty cheaply produced (using trailer footage) and does not look new. Last night it was 1974, While "Mame" is not one of the movies given its own segment, a brief shot is seen in the opening montage of movies from that year. AND during the "Lenny" segment they include Gary Morton advising Lenny Bruce "Work clean, Lenny. Don't resort to using dirt".
  7. 1984: This is one of Ginger's last roles. And she plays it to the hilt. "Glitter" was a short-lived version of those Aaron Spelling 80s shows like "Love Boat" where several stories are intertwined. Most of the "Glitter" stories were more serious than this one. I've edited this hour down to just the Ginger parts. I doubt anyone could top Ginger, but given that Lucy was about to start a professional relationship with Aaron Spelling, it would have been interesting to see what Lucy would have done with this part. I'll say this for Spelling and his franchise: at least he was giving work to past-their-prime but still capable performers. And that's it for the plus column. I find "Love Boat" virtually unwatchable with scripts that rival "Lucy and Ma Parker" for their banality. So watch Ginger's last hurrah. She suffered a major stroke in about 1990 (she doesn't cover this in her autobiography). I saw her on a speaking tour at our (Portland) Powell Books and actually have video somewhere.
  8. For Your Consideration

    Not knocking Hope but "Muir" did not tax her acting talents. The material gave her nothing to excel at. She won for a series that was cancelled TWICE, first by NBC, then ABC. (And the Best Comedy Actor winner for 69-70 went to William Windom also for a cancelled show). By the time of Hope's first win (68-69), Elizabeth's performances had changed into a lot of mugging and the adoption of Ethel Mertz's "Well....", and the bloom was off the "Bewitched" rose. But it's a shame there were no category nominees in Bewitched's first season (64-65) because her performance at the time was quite nuanced. Interesting tidbit: from 61-62 to 73-74, the same actress won Comedy Series Star two years in a row. First Shirley Booth, Mary Tyler Moore, Lucy, Hope, Jean Stapleton and Mary Tyler Moore again for her own show. Then the 2-wins-in-a-row streak was broken by Valerie Harper's single season win for "Rhoda". Mary's 2 wins in a row for Dick Van Dyke were actually separate by that one screwball year I've already mentioned where there were no category nominees.
  9. For Your Consideration

    Great idea! I wonder if Here's Lucy was submitting specific episodes in the 70s. They obviously submitted "The Burtons" garnering nominations for Gale, Bob and Madelyn. But why with only THREE nominees for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series was Lucy herself not up? For the record they were perennial loser Marlo Thomas for "TG"'s last season, Mary Tyler Moore and winner Jean Stapleton. I'd like to see Mary or Jean make something out of "(Insert their name) and Ma Parker". This was the first year the other perennial loser Elizabeth Montgomery did not get a nomination. How hard it must have been for both of them to lose to Hope Lange TWO YEARS in a row. And while the 70-71 season of Here's Lucy was no great shakes, could it have been any worse than 2 of the Best Comedy nominees "Love American Style" and the forgotten "Arnie" (neither of which I've ever seen)?
  10. Lucy takes over Times Square

    The only thing better would be a 15 (or 17?) year old Morton Goldapper standing below the marquee of "Next Time I Marry" smugly pointing at himself with one hand and the marquee with the other. (The Golddappers were understandably concerned about their young son's sanity, having just returned from a vacation to Hollywood where on a studio tour of RKO, young Morty interrupted the guide, blurting out: "Someday (through community property ) I'll own all this.")
  11. "Runs the Rapids" is probably the best of the location shows, but that's not saying much. All of them are short on plot and truly funny comedy. I don't know where they found this writer Gene Thompson, or why they chose him. His only HL contributions were these location shows. The clip I always found remarkable was part of the DVD bonus footage: Lucy the trouper, swimming around the frigid river waiting for the shot set-up, saying "It's SOOO cold" and I'm sure it was. All four of them, including 63 year old Gale Gordon leapt into the frigid water. These location shows held so much promise and were such a disappointment. But at least they were TRYING for something different. Here's an interesting poll question: what is your favorite "season premiere" episode of TLS or HL. Despite the high profile 1970 "Burtons" episode, my favorite is probably the HL 5th season "Lucy's Big Break", though "Lucy Waits up for Chris" and "Lucy as Cleopatra" are not far behind.
  12. Celebrity Bowling

    Yes, that one was great, but my vote for the most unlikely "celebrity bowler" goes to Virginia Graham. The fall of 1971 was the season that the FCC forced the three networks relinquish the 7:30-8:00 time slot. It's hard to imagine the networks didn't have the clout to fight it. Also hard to imagine: why the government was getting involved in such matters. But remember Congress actually held HEARINGS about "the quiz show scandal" in the late 50s. (For those who don't know, quiz shows were so popular that producers fed answers to contestants that were determined to be audience favorites, the highest profile quiz show celebrity being Charles Van Doran as depicted in the excellent movie "Quiz Show"). Ostensibly the FCC was bowing to pressure from independent producers. The latter wanted an outlet for their product. This was supposed to open up the door for daring, innovative programming. Instead we got many programs like "Celebrity Bowling" and reincarnations of practically every game show ever produced "The NEW Name That Tune". The FCC did throw the networks a bone: they were allowed to keep the 7-8pm hour on Sunday nights. Many series ended in 1971 mainly because the networks had to get rid of a total of 9 hours of their programming, the main instigator behind CBS's infamous "rural purge", cancelling shows that still had respectable ratings like "Beverly Hillbillies" and "Green Acres", however not the top 10 powerhouses they used to be. (Neither made the 70-71 Top 30 shows). Also gone: "Mayberry RFD" (#15) "Hee Haw" (#16--you don't get any more rural than that one) and "The Jim Nabors Hour" (#29). Rumor has it that "Here's Lucy" was also considered to be candidate for part of the purge, but in 70-71 HL was CBS's highest rated show, the highest rated comedy of any network, but its demographics skewed older that it was no longer considered a hot ticket for advertiser dollars. (HL's 3rd season, its highest rated, is my least favorite, you had "The Burtons", "Jack Benny's Biography", and "Lucy Goes Hawaiian" but not much else) 71-72 saw the emergence of All in the Family as #1 ushering in a whole new type of sitcom: LOUD, "relevant"--if simplemindedly so (other than the stellar "Family"), and shot on videotape (not my cup of tea. Videotape and sitcoms was not a good mix IMO. "Lucy Phones the President": need I say more?). Eventually "Mary Tyler Moore" (on film!) became appreciated as more than your average sitcom, though that first season is more "That Girl"-ish than it's not.
  13. Nanette Fabray dies at 97

    When Merman turned down "Dolly", Nannette was the top contender until Gower thought of Carol Channing.
  14. OTHER FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO DIED

    There was a Zsa Zsa Gabor Show?? When? What was it?
  15. Gag Headlines

    Willviv options Desilu's failed Maggie Brown pilot and recasts with Merman understudy Vivan Vance Willviv's variety show pilot "Bill Frawley Sings the Old Ones" sits on the shelf next to "Maggie Brown" Under Frawley's helm, Willviv submits their sitcom pilot script "The Betty Grable Show" to Betty in which she falls "legs over heels" for a slightly-older diary-writing ex-vaudevillian. Grable's agent: "Nertz!!"
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