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Mmadluv7    222

I was checking on Amazon and I was SO PROUD to see the option to buy each special- separate from each other- and stream it in High Def- It was almost like seeing a catalogue of Lucy's later work! 

I have amazon prime and the connection I have with my TV allows me to watch Prime Shows- and if you have the same options, you can find Her move to NBC there :) 

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Luvsbway    2,090

So am I correct that I can screen the specials for free if I have Amazon Prime or is there still a charge? Just got Prime to play on my TV this year instead of my computer.

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Mmadluv7    222

So am I correct that I can screen the specials for free if I have Amazon Prime or is there still a charge? Just got Prime to play on my TV this year instead of my computer.

No, unfortunately there's still a charge for us because it's listed as an instant video but not considered "Prime" so we still pay for it- but there is a rental option, which isn't bad- because it shows Amazon even later Lucy is still watchable :)

heres the link to what I see online, but Ill try to take a quick picture of what it looked like on screen. Pretty nice! :D

http://www.amazon.com/What-Catherine-Curtis-Lucille-Ball/dp/B00WB0YQTI/ref=sr_1_23?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1442526275&sr=1-23&keywords=lUCILLE+bALL

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Will    57

It is good to see this. I remember that I enjoyed her part in the pilot, being serenade, and getting onstage with Donald O'Conner. His number was so 70s it was dated and too many had cameos but I wish more could have happened. If Music Mart came out 1976 during nostalgia craze it couldn't have been picked up but it was a little too late.

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Neil    1,379

I watched Lucy Moves to NBC when it was first on.  (Actually just caught one of the two (?) reruns.  Am I correct in that NBC reran it twice?  Not for its quality but to fill time when there was a strike?).  So I watched it all the way through for the first time since then.  I hope someone will address my questions contained below..

"L Moves to NBC".....Hmmmm.....When Lucy died and several celebrities did ET interviews, Donald O'Connor in his praise said "she was always in my corner."  And right he was.  When Lucy went on Merv Griffin to promote the special, she did a big build-up: something like "I dig professionalism.  I did talent.  I dig.....DONALD O'CONNOR" and when the applause didn't happen instantaneously she paused and gestured to the audience to make them applaud.  Was 55 year old Donald O'Connor who Lucy thought the TV public was clamoring for in 1980?  His last big movie was in 1957 and other than (probably) hosting the Hollywood Palace or something, he had been touring with plays to make a living but out of the public eye for the previous 20-some years.  I wouldn't have tuned into "Music Mart" but was it any worse than the TV comedy fare being offered in 1980, a very arid period for comedy? I'm not knocking Donald.  He could certainly still impress with his tap-dancing skills, but if he really wanted this series to sell,  he should have memorized his lines and not glanced at cue cards.   We assume that the cast presented would have been regulars, so....OY! those "Mart" employees.  I guess they were going for another Good Times JJ with the lanky black guy in bell bottoms, but that sort of delivery has not aged well.   Scotty "I'm Scotty Coogan" Plummer played a mean banjo, but had no acting appeal, despite trying hard.  Gloria Dehaven was still lovely.  Was she ever a STAR as stated in her intro?  I cannot name one Gloria movie.   Lucy has an odd look in this special.  Checked the credits and her make up was done by someone I've never heard of, which may account for that. She looks better as Sister Hitchcock than Lucille Ball.    I guess she needed Hal King to do it right.  You'd never guess this was the same woman who a mere 6 years earlier looked so great in "Mame".   I would have slapped him too!!  The credits list "videotape editors" but it looks like film to me.

I was aware of Gary Coleman but never saw an episode of "Diff'rent Strokes" (I refused to watch a show that puts an unnecessary apostrophe in the title).  Is his "Lucy-NBC" line delivery indicative of what he did on "Strokes"?   A little hard to watch now that we know what became of him: the child-prodigy grows up syndrome.  Sadly, all the adult stars from "LM2NBC: are gone now.  "Lucy Moves" has a clever opening with the tour bus.  And 60 year old Doris Singleton looks GREAT!  I never noticed how much shorter than Lucy she was.  The writers were old school, hence the "hilarious" Choo-Choo and her getting her "L's and R's" backwards, now cringe-worthy.  I guess having the NBC executives being so young was an industry in-joke in 1980.  Was Silverman all that young?  I don't know how accurate the portrayal of Lucy being hired as an NBC executive programmer was, but once NBC saw that Music Mart was what she had in mind, I would guess the relationship was quietly terminated.  To my knowledge this was the last "Lucille Ball Special" and her last big network showcase until "Stone Pillow" (5 years later?)

I could not make it all the way through "Bungle Abbey".  The actors are all doing what they're directed to do, so I suppose you can't blame them but......CHARLIE CALLAS?? ( Plus I never found Gino appealing either).   Why oh why was LBP still commissioning scripts from Fred Fox and (let's call him by his nickname, PL--EASE) "Cy" Jacobs?  Their Lucy scripts were as a whole pretty dismal.  (as always: IMVHO) My least favorite writing credit to see during the opening of those last 3-writing-teams HL years.  Too bad Gale couldn't find a post-Lucy vehicle that allowed him to give the more subtle cool-burn performance that he was still capable of. What I preferred over that loud bluster, which had become his stock-in-trade mainly because of the less-than-great writing of the post B&M scripts (as always, my own assessment) and the increasingly presentational style of comedy Lucy's shows became as the years went on.   Other than the impromptu savings bond skit, I don't think I've ever seen Gale look at a cue card, even when he was 80 on LWL!  A true pro.  (I didn't mean to blather on this long, but who else would be remotely interested??)

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Luvsbway    2,090

Good timing. I just recently rewatched this.  Not one of my favorite specials but there are a few redeeming qualities in this that makes me rank it higher than Three For Two.  The meta opening is great and loving some Ruta playing backgammon. Bit of foreshadowing with the line about Lucy playing backgammon for the rest of her life. Yep, pretty much.

Once we get to NBC I have so many questions. The whole premise is that Lucy comes to NBC to develop new shows and the overall vibe is how can this scattered brained woman do that? So obviously we are getting “Lucy” the incompetent secretary play of the character. But yet everything around her is Lucille the actual woman, who did we all forget ran a whole damn studio and did it successfully?

Did Lucy actually get a whole office and some big NBC welcoming in real life? How long did this partnership last? What all was she invested in with these 2 pilots? It seems like this project is hardly ever talked about yet it warranted a whole special.  In the office I get a kick out of those 3 TV’s stacked on top of each other, all in those wooden cabinets. I remember our TV as a kid looking very similar. Ah, the trend to make media devices look like furniture.

I have no idea about the kid and Silverman thing but can shed a bit on Gary Coleman. As a child of the 80s I was a big fan of Different Strokes. The early episodes I probably caught in rerun, which I watched often. I do recall more towards the end of the run so much that I remember being mad I was sick one night and had to go to bed early and would miss that week’s show. In a People magazine article in 1980 Lucy had this to say. “And I love Gary Coleman. He puts me away. He puts everybody away.” Gary’s delivery, at least when he was in that cute precocious stage was like that. The show did get into some serious topics, a trend in the 80s, with storylines concerning race, and pedophilia. The show was huge when it came out and spun off Mrs. Garrett into Facts of Life.

Back to the show. I can’t believe all Gene Kelly does in this special is show up to introduce Donald O’Connor. What a waste. The table read I love though. As soon as she puts on her glasses and begins to read, that’s Lucille, not some daffy Lucy character anymore. It’s short but oh how I would have loved to see more of that in this special, but that probably would have confused those who only thought she was “Lucy”. I fast forward through the actual pilot, except for Lucy’s old lady character.

If you watch the outtakes from this special there is one after she greeted all her special guests, Lucy looks out at the audience and says “damn, what a day.” The hugs she gives each person are so genuine. I recently learned that this was shot on her and Gary’s wedding anniversary. Wonder if they all went to Chasens after to celebrate.

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Freddie2    867

Ditto to everything that Neil and Shelly said! Is there any Lucy fan who’s sat through “Music Mart” more than once? The first half of the special is very gimmicky, but I love it. It’s fun to see all of the stars and the musical numbers, but the first thing I think of with “NBC” is the reunion between Lucy and Gale. The energy and the love that explodes with his entrance always puts a smile on my face. You can also feel it with Lucy/Bob and Donald/Gloria. I would’ve much rather seen a sitcom that focused on Lucy’s role as a producer at the network with her assistants Gale and “Wanda”. If given the chance, I bet that Doris would make a great second banana, and it would be cool to see Lucy and Gale in a non-antagonistic relationship (for the first and only time, she’s his boss!)

P.S.- All this talk about Gloria DeHaven and Donald O’Connor is making me want to rewatch Out to Sea!

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