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Posts posted by rickylu

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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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