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MeTV Fall 2017: The Lucy Show returns but less Lucy overall

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Harrison    89

Another season will soon be upon us and that means that the Classic Television Network; MeTV, will be shaking up it's schedule.

 

First the bad news ...

- I Love Lucy will be scaled back to only 1 airing per week. The Brady Bunch will be taking over it's 6:30am slot on weekdays (and that program will still retain its Sunday two-hour block).

- Only 1 hour of Lucy per week. Currently, Me-TV is airing Lucy seven times a week or 3 1/2 hours. Amazing how Lucy gets cut drastically while other programs which have had more airplay on the network still manage to escape of getting cut back such as Leave it to Beaver, Perry Mason, The Big Valley, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Rifleman, The Brady Bunch, M*A*S*H, The Andy Griffith Show and Hogan's Heroes. But this should not come as a surprise as their treatment of Lucy in the recent years overall has been less than satisfying.

- It is also worth noting that the Eve Arden comedy; Our Miss Brooks, co-starring our beloved Gale Gordon will be off the line-up. It's replacement is Highway Patrol.

 

The good news ...

- The Lucy Show returns again; however, it will be just once a week this time around. It will air Sundays at 4:30pm following you guessed it ... I Love Lucy. MeTV might brand this as "The Lucy Hour".

 

All these changes go into effect on September 4th, 2017.

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rickylu    23

It's about time they finally decided to pair up I Love Lucy and The Lucy Show. They've had the rights to both of them for years, yet never had them on the schedule at the same time.

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Harrison    89

It's about time they finally decided to pair up I Love Lucy and The Lucy Show. They've had the rights to both of them for years, yet never had them on the schedule at the same time.

 

As far as I know I Love Lucy has never left MeTV. It's The Lucy Show that has come and gone repeatedly. So yes the network has had these two Lucy sitcoms on the same schedule from time to time but just never paired up until now. We'll see how long this pairing up will last. Hopefully for a long time.

 

I am still hoping that they will eventually have a weekly Lucy block (ala reminiscent of Nick-at-Nite's "Lucy, Queen of Comedy" block) featuring an episode of each I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show AND The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour. They certainly do have room on their Sunday afternoon schedule to fit The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour. That would be magical.

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rickylu    23

I forgot I Love Lucy was still on Sundays when The Lucy Show would occasionally take over its weekday slot.

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rickylu    23

"Lucy Is a Kangaroo for a Day" is the first episode scheduled to air next Sunday. The following week it's "Lucy and Viv Are Volunteer Firemen ". I wonder if they're going to show 3 or 4 episodes from each season?

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rickylu    23

Someone posted MeTV's holiday schedule on Sitcomsonline. If you want to get an early dose of Christmas cheer, both TLS Christmas episodes will air on Sunday November 12 from 4pm-5pm. After that both I Love Lucy and The Lucy Show will be pre-empted for the rest of the year as other holiday themed programs are scheduled in their slots.

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LittleRickyII    278
4 hours ago, rickylu said:

Someone posted MeTV's holiday schedule on Sitcomsonline. If you want to get an early dose of Christmas cheer, both TLS Christmas episodes will air on Sunday November 12 from 4pm-5pm.

I hope it's the S1 TLS Christmas episode, which I love.  I'm not a fan of the S4 Christmas episode.

Has anybody noticed that these Sunday airings of I Love Lucy and The Lucy Show have mostly been classic episodes from of each series?  From TLS, episodes have included "Lucy Is a Kangaroo for a Day," "Lucy and the Good Skate," "Lucy Plays Florence Nightingale," and "Lucy Puts Up a TV Antenna" (next week).  From I Love Lucy, episodes have included "Lucy and John Wayne," L.A at Last!," "Ethel's Birthday," and "Lucy Does a TV Commercial" (next week).

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rickylu    23

I noticed that they're playing some of the more well known episodes too. Good idea especially since this could be some people's first exposure to TLS. Yesterday they played "Lucy Gets a Roommate", the 1st California era episode they've shown. Back to season one next week with "Vivian Sues Lucy". Despite having the series uncut on dvd, it's still nice to watch it on broadcast tv.

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