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  1. Lucy Sightings!

    The things you find stumbling into a YouTube rabbit hole! You-know-who is in the audience of this nightclub act, presumably taped for cable in the 80s. Maybe someone could pinpoint a specific date? I'm not familiar with Charles Pierce's work, but he's very funny. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkO1nV-e9fI
  2. OTHER FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO DIED

    Not only is Finney’s Poirot one of the great film performances of all time (he was in his 30s!), but Sidney Lumet’s Murder on The Orient Express is one of the most masterfully crafted and entertaining movies of the 70s. Check it out! I believe it’s free to stream with Amazon Prime.
  3. OTHER FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO DIED

    Black Lagoon cohort and Cabot Cove real estate mogul Julie Adams has died at 92.
  4. I Married Joan

    She didn’t strike me as such, but maybe I’m not that familiar with Jane Kean of that era.
  5. I Married Joan

    What a piece of work! Just as any (non-rodeo-themed) episode of I Love Lucy could be analyzed as a perfectly constructed half hour of comedy, this episode of Joan is so absurd it teaches through its failures! It's quite a feat to turn Florence Bates, Jim Backus, Doris Singleton, and Bobby Jellison into dull, forgettable performers. The most nonsensical bit for me was the timer in the turkey, but then again, absolutely nothing makes sense anywhere else in the show. Flo Bates constantly assumes that Joan should know all of these ballet terms and know how to execute them even though she's in a beginner's class??? We never actually see the Jim Backus plot play out, so who knows- maybe he was having an affair with that girl and created an even bigger ruse to cover it up. Notice that the director is Hal Walker; an Academy Award nominee, albeit in the forgotten category of "Best Assistant Director". Less than a decade before IMJ, he was an AD on two of the greatest movies of all time (IMO)- The Uninvited and Palm Beach Story.
  6. Kaye Ballard has passed away

    North Dakota Moon forever! Up until her passing, I always assumed that Kaye was just as enchanting and full of life as she appeared in her performances and interviews. It's very sad to hear that she was bitter, but I sincerely hope that the wild success of her documentary gave her an eleventh hour moment of reassurance; everybody loves Kaye! This is very similar to what happened with Rose Marie about a year ago.
  7. Kaye Ballard has passed away

    From what I've seen/heard, a lot more people were fans of Kaye than I knew. Of course she was a legend, but not necessarily a household name. Thank goodness for Mothers-in-Law, even though it only ran for two years (as Neil so aptly discussed), because it was such a terrific documented showcase for Kaye's talents. And speaking of mothers-in-law, how interesting was it to read that Kaye was considered for Marie Barone?
  8. Kaye Ballard has passed away

    We're all heartbroken down here about Carol and Kaye, but there's one heck of a double act playing "up there" right now. She certainly had good luck with her mouth.
  9. Carol Channing has passed away

    There probably isn't a single Carol performance that isn't absolute gold, but here's a personal favorite of mine, from about a decade ago at the Hollywood Bowl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RakE9t4jcbI Even though it isn't the best quality video, she still has you in the palm of her hand (a phrase that's been thrown around a lot today) and truly exudes that special something that comes with one in a million performers.
  10. Carol Channing has passed away

    This is not the news anyone wants to wake up to. LL Cool J never had a better partner.
  11. I thought I was the only one who didn't like Mankiewicz! (and his political "network" or whatever it's called, The Young Turks, is almost worse than Fox News!) I also like Karger, and the passion and joy Alicia Malone has for film is downright contagious.
  12. https://timelife.com/products/jackbenny Once again Time/Life is bringing a rare variety show to DVD. It doesn't look like Lucy's appearance as Mrs. Revere is included (did she only do the ONE episode of Jack's regular show?), but the set has all of Jack's later specials, quite a few of which she appears in.
  13. Lucy Sightings!

    Today I saw a lady with an I Love Lucy purse and complimented her on it. All I received back was a very terse "thank you" and the story ends there. You'd think someone who carries around the show's logo all the time would want to strike up a brief conversation with a fellow fan, but no!
  14. The comments highlighted at the end were hilarious. From now on, Gary should only be referred to as "that lovely second husband".
  15. Philip if it's a boy... ...and Morris if it's a girl! Until (re)watching "Fire at The Bank", I didn't realize that Lucy Carmichael wasn't supposed to be a smoker. Would it be possible to assume that the "no smoking" character trait was introduced just for the sake of the gag? Maybe she was one back in the day, but Barnsdahl/Mooney's budget wouldn't allow it (cigarettes are expensive)! In LWL, health-nut Lucy Barker chastises Leonard for smoking, and I don't think we see Lucy Carter light up, either. It would've made for quite the Here's Lucy plot line if she mixed up her cigarettes with one of Craig's
  16. Is the Pope Catholic? I've never seen an episode of Perfect Strangers but will most certainly check it out, seeing as how it's available in full on Hulu.
  17. In "Lucy Puts Out a Fire at The Bank", when the girls are doing their training and Viv has Lucy pick her up, it could have easily been another cheap "Viv Fat Gag", but Vivian's delivery during Lucy's struggle makes it legitimately hilarious. Her grumblings of "Honestly, Lucy, this is embarrassing" and "You know you can pick me up" imply a couple of things: #1. Viv knows that Lucy is making a fuss because she's petty/asking for attention because she wants to be the boss and #2. Through experience, the girls have firmly established that Lucy can pick Viv up.
  18. The recent spate of classic TV shows available at big box stores for so little money has been such a tempting time for me. The only real downside I've noticed is that a lot of these box sets are really cheaply made. With the Mill Creek releases I own in particular (Mad About You and NewsRadio), I constantly worry that I'm going to damage the disc just by taking it out of the case! I've also found it odd that there hasn't been a re-release of Golden Girls, particularly considering how it's still remarkably popular, even with people of "my generation". Maybe syndication and Hulu are cash cows enough for the show. (And ditto about Reba being underrated! McEntire and Melissa Peterman make an excellent second-rate Lucy and Ethel!)
  19. OTHER FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO DIED

    The delightful Dame June Whitfield, who appeared in a bevy of British sitcoms but is best known for her hilarious turn as "Mother" on Absolutely Fabulous, has died at 93.
  20. The idea of Doris Day in an MTM-style show is fascinating, but I can't imagine image-concious Doris being okay with playing a character as flawed as Mary Richards. It would have been a career move on par with the brilliance of Mary Tyler Moore in Ordinary People (playing against her public image to great effect), and the thought of her performing MTM writing is absolutely enticing. Unfortunately, Miss Day's upholding of her public image seems to be one of her greatest strengths and her greatest weaknesses.
  21. National Comedy Center

    You can vote for the Center to hold its top spot on USA Today's Best New Attractions in America list! https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-new-attraction-2018/national-comedy-center-jamestown-n-y/
  22. Penny Marshall has died

    If a show were to earnestly do an opening credits sequence in the vein of L&S today, I'd probably think it was satire. The one example in the article is actually incorrect- Great News was a network show, not a Netflix Original, so their sparse opening can be attributed to a need to fit more plot into episodes.
  23. Penny Marshall has died

    It's been a few years, but I remember L&S as being like a younger Lucy and Ethel. I await your takes on the "best of"!
  24. Was "Mame" *Really* a Flop?

    I love the film version of Cabaret, but I really need to familiarize myself with its original incarnation, which seems to be very different but still great. I didn't know Lotte Lenya was in it, although she makes perfect sense for a show set in Weimar Germany. I still consider Cabaret to be a musical. On the other hand, I don't think of something like Duck Soup as a musical- more like a movie with musical numbers.
  25. Penny Marshall has died

    The tributes that have been pouring out on social media from celebrity pals and fans are really sweet. Lots of little anecdotes that show what a remarkable, tough broad she was. 75 was way too young!
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