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  1. How many songs can you think of where Lucy is specifically referenced? I have a few: First, she pops up in a couple of songs from musicals. In "Drop That Name" from Bells Are Ringing, her name is rhymed with Lauren Bacall's. In Little Shop of Horrors, Audrey's idea of perfect domesticity is to "snuggle watching Lucy on a big, enormous, twelve-inch screen." Lucy also appears in two obscure songs written by Stephen Sondheim. First, in a song he wrote for his friend's daughter's birthday called "A Star is Born" in 1954. It's very reminiscent of "Autograph Annie and Celebrity Lu", even sharing some of the celebrities listed off. Sondheim actually hates the song, which is a prolonged lineup of Hollywood elite donating extravagant and bizarre birthday presents to the young starlet "Kitty Lou". "Lucille Ball sent a calling card, and the gun used in Sunset Boulevard." The second time he used her in a song was for a 1959 TV special called The Fabulous Fifties, when he wrote a number featuring young children on a playground, all playing children's musical jumprope games while referencing cultural events of the decade. Lucy comes in to the tune of "Frére Jacques": "Suzy Parker, Suzy Parker, Desilu, Desilu, Hi-ya, Judge Medina. Gimme a subpoena! Rudolf Bing, Rudolf Bing..."
  2. CBS revives Murphy Brown

    Perhaps there was some sort of production meeting? Maybe the original Murphy Brown was filmed there and they were going back for some sort of reference point? Maybe English was on a CBS Studios tour? Who knows!
  3. "Roseanne" - 2018 Revival on ABC

    I've really been enjoying the new episodes, and if the ratings are any indication, so is the rest of the country. It's been years since I regularly tuned into a primetime network show. It's nothing revolutionary, but it makes me laugh. I totally agree on the casting of the granddaughter. You hardly notice that the show is filmed with new cameras and a new aspect ratio, proving my theory that using traditional blocking and lighting is really key for making a multi-camera show enjoyable. My only genuine qualm has been the underutilization of Goodman and Metcalf, but I wouldn't be surprised if they got more time in future episodes. WARNING: If you don't want to learn a key spoiler for a future episode, DO NOT watch the recent Theatre Talk episode with Estelle Parsons and Patricia Bosworth!
  4. CBS revives Murphy Brown

    Apparently the show is going to be taping at Kaufman Astoria Studios, which I think is in Queens. I don't know what they were doing at CBS. Heck, maybe Diane English is working on another project.
  5. Oh Chris would totally be one of those high school girls who's in love with Cardi B. Just imagine Lucy having Harry over for a romantic date, turning on the record player, and hearing a vinyl recording of Bodak Yellow!

    I'd like to think that Mama Bush would have a sense of humor about this blunder, because it sounds like something straight out of WJM TV News. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cbs-news-publishes-erroneous-barbara-bush-obituary-1102854 But I do send her and the whole fam prayers, good vibes, and condolences as they go through this sad time in their lives.
  7. Lucy Sightings!

    I've heard so much buzz about his hosting. I've always enjoyed his stand up, as well- would you recommend his episode?
  8. CBS revives Murphy Brown

  9. Apparently Hallmark Channel recently aired Lucy and John Wayne. Wayne's official Twitter account had this cute little gag to make:
  10. Last Lucy Item You Bought?

    I find Swing Out, Sweet Land to be so fascinating. It rallies back and forth from kitsch to schlock to genuine inspiration. It's probably a good representation of the values of a certain side of Vietnam-Era America; Archie Bunker sang the praises of the special on an episode of All in The Family. I want to know how this behemoth was produced, how much money was pumped into it, and what kind of ratings it got.
  11. Dame Olivia can bang on the door all she wants, but that appeals court is just going to keep carrying their lamp up the stairs without looking back Best of wishes on all her future endeavors. Maybe a memoir could set the record the way she wants it to be set...
  12. Desi & Regis

    What a treat! We see so little of post-ILL Desi. Most of his later appearances seem confined to talk shows, which unfortunately don't get much circulation. I wonder how Regis would describe the experience.
  13. It looks as though Carol's Netflix show is still being worked on. At least it's happening!
  14. We’ve been briskly pushing our way through Roseanne in preparation for the revival, and I’ve noticed that a lot of food items seem to belong to the same “brand” of potato chip that Curtis so enjoyed (and Lucy destroyed!) The packaging always has basic white lettering and a black background- I most recently saw an orange juice carton with the label. Was this a legitimate brand in the mid-late 80s or just communal, royalty-free packaging for sitcoms?
  15. Apparently the trial is in progress as we speak. Let’s hope that whatever happens it’s at least... interesting.