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  1. "Lucy and John Wayne"- The cable channel INSP aired this last night as part of their month long tribute to John Wayne. Appropriately enough, it was on after "The War Wagon". They used the newest remastered print with the "jack in the box" opening and it looked great. However, it was timesped to the point of distraction.
  2. Nick at Nite was at its best in the early to mid 90s, in my opinion. They had a nice library of classic programs, creative promos, and imaginative marathons. My favorite Lucy marathon they ever did was when they had a weeklong event where they showed I Love Lucy and The Lucy Show, but also a couple episodes of Here's Lucy and the first episode of Life with Lucy, AND Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie! 25 years later and we could recreate that thanks to DVDs.
  3. It looks like a new book was just published called, "The Forgotten Desi and Lucy TV Projects: The Desilu Series and Specials That Might Have Been". https://www.amazon.com/Forgotten-Desi-Lucy-TV-Projects/dp/1629335452/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?keywords=the+forgotten+desi+and+Lucy+tv+projects&qid=1585409857&sr=8-2
  4. The Amateur Hour- Haven't watched this one in awhile. Working with kids every day, I find Lucy's line delivery of "All right, sit down!" totally relatable! Ricky Loses His Voice- The musical performances in this one are among my favorite of the series.
  5. I came across this excerpt from an old trade publication called, "Television Digest with Electronics Report" from September 4, 1954: "Most comedy scenes have little to gain from color, according to Jess Oppenheimer, producer of "I Love Lucy", but he's considering filming in color selected scenes which he believes will clearly benefit in color, inserting them in black and white programs." This was the season CBS filmed one color episode of "Burns and Allen", "Jack Benny", and "Lassie". So it wouldn't seem to be a stretch to have a ratings champ like "Lucy" filmed in color. Although a complete episode rather than one scene would make more sense because of the wardrobe, lighting, makeup changes needed for the switch between b&w and color.
  6. Took advantage of some down time brought on by a snow/ice storm: "Lucy Buys a Sheep"- Love Lucy and Viv's little harmony while looking for Clementine. "Lucy is a Kangaroo for a Day"- This episode shows that Lucy really was a master of her props (water cooler, typewriter, etc...). Notice that partway through the scene of her dress unraveling, her wig has been removed. "Lucy Puts Up a TV Antenna"- a true classic "Lucy's Electric Mattress"- My favorite episode of season one. Lucy and Viv were never better together and the kids got a decent amount of screentime. "Lucy and Viv are Volunteer Firemen"- My favorite of the Danfield Ladies Volunteer Dept. episodes. "Lucy and Viv Put in a Shower "- Never gets old. "Lucy Helps Ken Berry"- Picked an episode from season six that I hadn't watched in ages.
  7. I heard that Star Trek was a big expense for Desilu and that they warned Paramount about it. That might have been in the Desilu book. But I also read recently an interview Robert Osborne did with Lucy in the '70s and she said she wanted to hang onto Desilu until it became profitable again after which she would leave. She made it sound like the success of Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, etc...made that possible. I think Luvsbway posted this on Instagram.
  8. This is on my Christmas list now. But that picture...
  9. On the Home Theater Forum website someone posted that next week CBS will release the first season of "Miss Brooks" as a made on demand DVD set. See post #3577 https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community/threads/is-the-b-w-era-of-tv-on-dvd-slowly-coming-to-an-end.311401/page-179
  10. Nice article. LWL does seem like it would have fit better as part of a TGIF style block of programming. Nevertheless, glad it's finally out. Next I wonder if CBS will do a complete mega set of ILL, LDCH, TLS, and LWL?
  11. "Lucy's Impossible Mission"- Silly story, yet still an entertaining parody of "Mission Impossible". "Lucy the Fixer"- Not much plot, but some of the best work (in my opinion) Lucy and Gale ever did together.
  12. I remember around the time TVLand was getting started there was a commercial where a guy was saying shows that were coming soon to the network and Here's Lucy was one of them. Too bad it never aired. It would have been a good fit for the channel back then.
  13. I decided to skip ordering online and go the brick and mortar route. No luck at Walmart, Target, or FYE. My little scavenger hunt ended at Barnes and Noble where they had one copy marked at 40% off. Funny how a few years ago I wouldn't have given anything colorized the time of day. Looking forward to watching Redhead Tales since I couldn't make it to a theater last week.
  14. I enjoy "Envious" also. My mom, who is at best a casual fan, still says "It's a moo-moo" when she thinks something is strange. My favorite moment is after the "martians" leave the apartment and Ethel says to call the police and all Lucy can do is scream. It's one of those funny little moments to me.
  15. My dad started taping episodes of ILL for me off Nick at Nite in the mid 90s. He also started recording a few episodes of LDCH and TLS after I showed an interest in those series. That was around the time Nick pulled TLS so I didn't get many episodes of that program. Years later I transferred from VHS to DVD several of the clever promos Nick at Nite did for ILL and TLS. When I went to my first Jamestown festivals in the early 2000s I paid an embarrassing amount of money for those Columbia House videos of TLS. But I hadn't seen most of those episodes, so I felt justified haha. Suncoast Video store came along in the late 90s/early 2000s and sold official VHS releases of ILL and public domain sets of TLS. I also got the individual volumes of ILL season one from there and the first "Best Of" HL DVD release as well. That was a great store during the golden age of TV on DVD releases. So that pretty much sums up my history of collecting Lucy on video.
  16. I thought it was insulting for them to theorize she had a drinking problem, as well. I found it kind of humorous that they actually spent time talking about headaches caused by her wigs.
  17. If you expected tabloid tv, you wouldn't be far off. Topics ranging from her teenage "mystery illness" to the "loser interview" were brought up. And I don't want to give too much away, but she was a heavy smoker. 🙄
  18. On a morbid note, tonight at 8pm EST on the Reelz Channel there's a program called, "Autopsy: The Last Hours of Lucille Ball".
  19. I found this photo at a local flea market today. The autograph looks authentic to me. If not, I still think it was a pretty good deal for $8.
  20. Dick Martin was also around during the first year of The Lucy Show. That could've been enough time for him to notice it himself.
  21. I had a bad cold over the weekend and decided to have a "Lucy" binge that included episodes from the first 3 seasons of HL. One thing I noticed is that all but 2 or 3 episodes I watched (and are some of my favorites) did not feature any guest stars. HL had it's share of good guest stars, musical numbers, etc... However I think it shines the most when it functions as a domestic situation comedy.
  22. As far as episode selections of Life with Lucy, I'd switch out "Sax Symbol" with "Love Among the Two by Fours". It had some touching moments, to me anyways. At least about one third of the series will have an official release. Who has the rights? CBS?
  23. I thought the selection of Here's Lucy episodes was odd too. None of the gems from season six, no episodes with Vivian, etc... That being said, I like the idea of these volumes and will probably end up double or with some episodes triple dipping!
  24. Copies of each episode of Life were Lucy were donated to the Lucy Desi Center. I don't remember if they were the master tapes. Why were shows filmed but edited onto tape back then considering the decline in picture quality?
  25. Some of my fondest Lucy memories are when my gram would babysit me at her house. Nick at Nite would almost always be on. The Lucy Show must have been on past my bedtime because I mostly remember watching it at her house. Two episodes I vividly remember watching are "Lucy Meets a Millionaire " and "Lucy Discovers Wayne Newton" (with gram gushing about Newton the whole time).
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