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Everything posted by Freddie2

  1. The Oscars Make Terrible Changes

    Kevin Hart has stepped down as host after failing to properly apologize for making homophobic jokes in the past. Now, I think Hart and his puerile ego are a poor fit for the show, but the fact that he was edged out over "offensive" material seems like an incredibly regressive move. Anyway, here's hoping they give Tiffany Haddish a call!
  2. The Oscars Make Terrible Changes

    With the deadline looming ever closer, apparently the Academy is looking at Kevin Hart to host this year's ceremony. I'd rather watch Bill Cosby emcee the show live from San Quentin.

    I can't make a lick of sense out of this. "Dick Joke Naming Convention"??? What is the Mary Taylor Moore Show connection? Doris appeared on Phyllis, but that's about it. I'm very much intrigued but also don't want to give this wacko any of my time. Kind of excited to hear his Mary Jane Croft/Lady Bird Johnson theory, though.
  4. Lucy Sightings!

    This week's New Yorker has an article called "Roomba Nation" about the growing presence of robots in people's homes. It includes the following passage: "There are contrivances that can mow your lawn, wash your windows, assemble your IKEA furniture, clean the kitty-litter box, fold your laundry (at a pokier pace than you, and it doesn't do socks), zip your zipper, apply lipstick to what Lucille Ball might consider lips, give you a tattoo, crush you at Ping-Pong, feed you tomatoes as you jog (the wearable Tomatan), and even devilishly check the little box on a Web site which says 'I am not a robot.'"
  5. CBS revives Murphy Brown

    When the episode airs I'll be curious to hear your full, annotated account of how it went down!

    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).

    Spongebob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillenburg has died at 57 after battling ALS for the past couple of years. I don't know if anyone else here is young enough to have grown up on Spongebob, but it really was miles above the silly "kid's programming" that a lot of people pigeonholed it to be. He gave life to one of the most unique, inspiring, and hilarious shows of all time. Even my grandparents are fans!
  8. CBS revives Murphy Brown

    I agree! This was definitely the best of the season (so far). It went from hilarious to heartbreaking, and pulled off both extremes with great panache.
  9. CBS revives Murphy Brown

    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.
  10. A few months after her final appearance as Mrs. McGillicudy, Kathryn Card played an elementary school principal in Please Don't Eat The Daisies, which I watched yesterday. It was really exciting to see her show up, not-so-exciting seeing her without any material to work with Desilu Regular Spring Byington is given a considerably bigger role as Doris Day's no-nonsense mother, though.
  11. Unfortunate Lucy Products (continued)

    My first thought was "What the hell?", my second thought was "I kind of need this."
  12. The Oscars Make Terrible Changes

    I loved it! Miss Tyson always looks great- if she remade Jane Pittman they'd still have to put old age makeup on her!
  13. 2018 Christmas Colorized Episode

    The show has a few more moments of visual humor, with Ricky in the bathtub, on a horse, and I'm sure there are other things I can't remember. I also enjoy the ending, where the gang sticks it to the uppity Society Matron's League and enjoys their bread together.
  14. "Roseanne" - 2018 Revival on ABC

    I would wager that The Conners isn't totally out the door yet. Ratings have been trending down, but then again, the show has barely been on the air for a month (even Life With Lucy got more of a chance!). It's hard to tell what the hell the networks are thinking anymore. Prospects for a twelfth season of Murphy Brown have suddenly turned grim within the last week, despite the show having remarkably consistent numbers for a revival (noticeably higher than Will & Grace's average this season).
  15. Lucy in The Cher Show on Broadway

    How did the Lucy/Cher meeting take place in the show? Just wondering what the "structure" of the whole thing is. Also, props for not taking your phone out in the theater! Common courtesy seems to have become a rare asset... Not that I'm not thoroughly grateful to our own Neil for secretly recording the Kaye Ballard farewell show!
  16. Last Lucy Item You Bought?

    DIDN'T buy it, but saw this framed Chesterfield ad for about $20 at a store today. I love Lucy, but not quite enough to introduce a giant vintage cigarette advertisement to my bedroom decoupage.
  17. I loved the Cough Drop/Woman of The Year story, and I would give my right arm to see Carole's bloody rendition of Mrs. Peachum. Even though I already know the legendary story of the 42nd Street debut, I was still riveted as she told it. An invaluable interview!
  18. Gag Headlines

    Manhattan Nightclub Performer Claims to Be Latest in String of "Suspicious Package" Recipients NYPD was on the scene at the home of Tropicana Headliner Ricky Ricardo this morning when a mysterious package arrived at his door. Fearing that he was the latest in a lineup of targets that includes former president Barack Obama and Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the "Babalu" singer said he only contacted authorities at the urging of his wife, Lucille, who claimed to have no clue where the package could have come from. The bomb squad arrived at 623 East 68th Street at 10:17 AM as the building was being evacuated. The package was opened and revealed to contain nothing but a new hat, recently purchased at the Gimbel's Basement Sale. According to a testimony from the Ricardo's landlady, Mrs. Frederick H. Mertz, Mrs. Ricardo purchased the hat with hopes that her husband wouldn't discover it. As soon as he did, she created the "suspicious package" ruse to avoid being chastised for her spendthrift ways. When questioned, other residents of the apartment building said they had no plans to press charges against the Ricardo's, stating that "this kind of thing happens all the time around here."
  19. We have a Roku on one of our TVs, but I didn't know this was a "thing". How would you access his show?
  20. Lucy's MAME is coming on Blu-Ray!!!

    Love the cover art!
  21. "Roseanne" - 2018 Revival on ABC

    I would call Archie Bunker's Place, The Golden Palace, and The Conners "continuations", because they happened immediately after the parent show's end. But who knows what to call anything today. News came out recently that Diablo Cody and FOX are remaking Alice, and every source called it a reboot. I take reboot to mean that a show will have the same cast and characters, but obviously that won't be the case. It's a remake. It also begs the question- why bother? There's no way that Diablo Cody is going to write in a similar style to Bob and Madelyn, so why even attach the Alice name? Couldn't you come up with your own sitcom about a single mother who aspires to be in showbusiness?
  22. "Roseanne" - 2018 Revival on ABC

    I certainly miss Roseanne (Conner), but oddly enough, this premiere felt more like an episode of the original series than anything from the previous season.
  23. Vicki Lawrence headlines FOX pilot

    Ken Levine discovers Thelma Harper: http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/2018/10/keep-open-mind.html
  24. CBS revives Murphy Brown

    I would assume that the Will & Grace number (about 10 million) that was being touted probably didn't include delayed numbers. If that's the case, it's possible that W&G would still be the ratings "winner", but I would assume by a significantly slimmer margin. However, Murphy retained something like 96% of its "Live and Same Day" viewers in Week 2, which is certainly a remarkable feat. I'd be curious as to what the next 11 weeks hold. After its premiere, W&G's numbers dropped immediately and have leveled out at around 3-4 million broadcast viewers, including the season ten premiere.
  25. CBS revives Murphy Brown

    With streaming numbers out, the premiere has an extra 3.6 million viewers to its name, giving the "mediocre" debut a higher rating than Will & Grace's last year!