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28 minutes ago, HarryCarter said:

Life with Lucy is getting a Closer cover story with interviews from Ann Dusenberry, Tom Watson, and Michael Stern.

 

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Oh, interesting to read Ann's comments. Larry had some really good stuff to say about LWL.

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On TV, Lucille Ball had it all! She was the fun-loving, hysterical actress who fans couldn’t bear to hate, but behind the scenes, the Hollywood icon had her own issues to deal with. At age 75, the I Love Lucy star signed on to play Lucille Barker once more, but this time she was going to be a widow and grandmother and the show was going to be called, Life With Lucy.

“The I Love Lucy legacy allowed Life With Lucy to happen, but it was a terrible burden,” Thomas Watson, her former publicist, exclusively recalled to Closer Weekly in the magazine’s latest issue, on newsstands now. “The show was written by the same people that worked on the original I Love Lucy. They were still writing for that Lucy, instead of a Golden Girls kind of character or a grandma.”

Even though Lucille tried to be optimistic, she couldn’t hide from the negative reviews her show had received after it finally made its debut on TV. “They were so bloody,” Ann Dusenberry, who played Lucy’s daughter on Life With Lucy, told Closer. “So bad and disrespectful. I was hurt for her. They showed no regard that she was an icon.”

Apparently, the show was so bad that it was pulled off the air after its eighth episode aired. Even though the series was supposed to run for 22 episodes, ABC decided to pull the plug early. “It was so sad and disappointing,” Thomas said, and Lucy’s friend Michael Stern couldn’t help but notice how upset his pal was.

“After an hour, I walked out with her,” Michael once said. “She started bawling.” But that didn’t stop Lucy’s career. She was still being offered many roles well into the last three years of her life, but during that time, the only thing Lucy cared about was her family.

“Life is no fun without someone to share it with,” the mom of two has said. And with her husband, Gary Morton, by her side, Lucy felt completely at ease with the world. “Every time Gary walked in, it was like he was coming in from a honeymoon with her,” Michael has said. “That house had a lot of love.”

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17 hours ago, Freddie2 said:

Does the article plug the upcoming DVD release? Maybe I should pick it up at the store.

A photo caption mentions the DVD release. It is a good article. Donovan Scott is also interviewed. 

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Apparently there is a caption over an ILL episode saying it's The Lucy Show. Guess there has to be one thing wrong in their articles.

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57 minutes ago, Luvsbway said:

Apparently there is a caption over an ILL episode saying it's The Lucy Show. Guess there has to be one thing wrong in their articles.

Yes, it’s from The Million Dollar Idea. 

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On ‎9‎/‎20‎/‎2019 at 7:16 AM, Luvsbway said:

Apparently there is a caption over an ILL episode saying it's The Lucy Show. Guess there has to be one thing wrong in their articles.

This isn't the first time this happened and certainly won't be the last. It is just one of the signs that I Love Lucy overshadows the rest of the Lucille Ball sitcoms.

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I skimmed through the Closer article in the checkout line the other day. One insight that was given from someone on set: Lucy would have her lunch brought to her dressing room each day so she could spend the time talking on the phone to Desi. A very interesting tidbit! Shows just how dedicated Lucy was to her dying ex-husband. 

 

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11 hours ago, JessiLu said:

I skimmed through the Closer article in the checkout line the other day. One insight that was given from someone on set: Lucy would have her lunch brought to her dressing room each day so she could spend the time talking on the phone to Desi. A very interesting tidbit! Shows just how dedicated Lucy was to her dying ex-husband. 

 

I also read or maybe it was just heard through the grapevine that he would call her late and night and she didn't want to get off the phone but in the morning was tired. 

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Donovan posted this story on his Facebook the other day about how he got the part on LWL.

 

HOLLYWOOD TALES OF DONOVAN SCOTT
In July of 1986 while visiting family in Maui I got a call from my agent that Lucille Ball wanted to talk with me about doing her next series. I thought it was a joke. But when I returned to the mainland, I was invited by the “Queen of Comedy” to come to her house. Aaron Spelling (who was producing the show), had shown Lucy a pilot I had done for Mr. Spelling, (Scared Silly) ,in hopes she would like one of the two leads, she did not pick the romantic guy, Spelling was pushing, she wanted the other guy, the fat funny one, who was me. ME!! Lucy wanted me!
 
I met at her house, we talked and laughed for about an hour, taking about movies I had done and people we had worked with, and then we played backgammon, we laughed for another hour or so. The whole time I was in my head wondering if I had blow the interview because we were no longer talking shop. Instead we were telling jokes, and I was watching to see if Lucy was cheating at backgammon because she was beating my so quickly. She was cheating, but who’s going to call the queen out? I would just say, “How about 2 out of 3…. 4 out of five, and so on, until Gary Morton, her husband said, they had a dinner engagement, and I was shown to the door and on my way out Lucy stopped me at the door and said “Oh by the way kid, you got the job”!!  I remember floating out the door and the rest of the day is and was a complete blur. 
 
This was a dream come true, like most of America I grew up with the antics of this woman, learned comedy from this woman, and was inspired to become a comedic actor BECAUSE of this woman, and now I  would be working with one of  the 3 people who influenced my whole life. The other two were Jerry Lewis and Lou Costello.
 
We rehearsed and shot on the set at 7200 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, now called the Lot. (I think it was called Warner Hollywood Studios at the time), off of Formosa and across from the Famous Formosa café. It was 6 blocks from my apartment, but I would still drive to the set , because I had my first parking space in a studio lot. THIS WAS TRULY HOLLYWOOD.
 
It was a great experience, a highlight in my fantastic career. We were scheduled to shoot 22 episodes, we shot 13 but were cancelled after eight episodes aired, the other 5 episodes  have never been seen, UNTIL NOW!! On October 8th all thirteen episode will be on sale. I can’t wait for this to happen, I have never seen any of these episode in good quality DVD and can’t wait to relive the wonderful moments we had in making the series. How lucky I have been.
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