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Neil    1,156

From my collection of old TV Guides, I've discovered that not all stations loved Lucy! As a kid who spent the summer looking forward to the morning's  CBS I Love Lucy episode, I sympathize with the kids of Seattle, Ohio and Kansas, because they got rooked!  It's not like these stations were against reruns, because they aired "The McCoys" and "Pete and Gladys".   When "The Lucy Show" became part of CBS's morning line-up (for 4 years 1968 to 1972), Seattle ran it at noon, but not so with I Love Lucy. 

 

Our local station did not show CBS's short-lived morning airings of "Here's Lucy" in 1977 but by that time I was in college and couldn't have watched it anyway.  HL must not have done well for CBS.  I don't think they made it through one full run of the series.

 

In 1964, A young mother was prompted to write to TV Guide which they published on the "Letters" page, complaining that "they've run those old I Love Lucys into the ground.  Even my 4 year old says she's 'seen that one before'".

 

First off I say the obvious to this mother: turn off the goddam TV and play with your 4-year-old.  If you don't want to watch I Love Lucy, don't  spoil it for the rest of us.  If you MUST have the TV on, switch it to another channel, ferChristsake!  Maybe some station is showing "Beach Blanket Bingo". 

 

 When I Love Lucy first came on CBS in the morning, I was too young to operate the television so it wasn't until later I discovered it in the summer (this was after The Lucy Show had premiered).  Much to my often-expressed chagrin, our family did not subscribe to TV Guide.  The I Love Lucys were all new to me and you never knew what episode you were going to get.  Of course, I had no idea about the progression of the series and the various story arcs but I don't EVER remember seeing an episode and thinking "that wasn't a very good one".  Even though it was less than 10 years since the series ceased production, the hairstyles and fashions made it  seem like from another, older era.

 

Looking through these old TV Guides, I find it sort of amusing that for the daytime showings, they give a very short sentence describing the plot ("Lucy hires an English tutor") and follow it with "Lucy: Lucille Ball. Ricky: Desi Arnaz" as if that's news to us. 

 

If the actual title of a show was "The (name of star) Show", TV Guide would only list the person's name as the show's title: "Andy Griffith" not "The Andy Griffith Show"  for instance.  For "The Lucy Show", TV Guide always listed it as "Lucille Ball" even though it wasn't called "The Lucille Ball Show".  They did this all the way through 1972 for the daytime airings. 

 

And that's all the reminiscences I have for one morning. 

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leenorman    502

Notice any mistake here?

 

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Harry:  This wouldn't open for me; please re-send.  Thanks. :fabrary: 

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JoeySoCal    961

Harry:  This wouldn't open for me; please re-send.  Thanks. :fabrary:

Me neither, looks like the link didn't save right or it's not the entire URL or something like that.... Thanks :lucywow:

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Luvsbway    1,713

Ha, Garry Moore. That might be fun to listen to what that marriage was like.

 

Recently saw an eBay item call him Gary Norton. Must have had ghost Desi help out with that.

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JoeySoCal    961

Interesting... makes me wonder: This aired right about the time The Mary Tyler Moore Hour was in production.  Lucy's guest appearance -- as well as one by Mike Douglas -- centered heavily plot-wise around the fact that Lucy was Douglas' co-host that week, which is why she had to get out of doing his show if she was going to appear on Mary's.

 

Given this week with Lucy (on TMDS) aired in November and TMTMH was taped in December, could perhaps Mary's writers been "inspired" by the aforementioned appearance?? Or am I totally grabbing at straws???

WHile we'll probably never know, the timing is certainly interesting. :HALKING:

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Neil    1,156

From a November 1954 TV Guide, Sheila Graham writes "When I Love Lucy ceases production at the end of next year, Lucille Ball will give up acting and become a director"!

As we all know the series went on to a 6th season and then into the specials.  I think Lucy took a directed by credit for the "Desilu Revue" but it would be 20 years before she took a co-directing credit for Here's Lucy.....along with the usual director Coby Ruskin (for "Lucy, the Sheriff").  The remaining few episodes of that season, the last for Here's Lucy were directed by Jack Donahue.  Seems like there's a story there that's never been told.  The first run episode of "I Love Lucy" that week in November 1954: the classic "Ethel's Birthday".   Think of the wonderful episodes those people in November of 1954 had in store for them. 

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Neil    1,156

April 2-6, 1962 TV Guide plot descriptions for the morning's I Love Lucy.  You have to wonder if the person writing these had actually seen the shows and/or where they got their information. 

Monday: "The Ricardos resolve not to brag about their new baby, but the resolution falters because of parental pride"  (what an odd wording for "Baby Pictures")

Tuesday: "Ricky bets Lucy she can't tell the truth for TWO days running"  

Wednesday: "Lucy and Ethel use their knowledge of French to order in a French restaurant----with disastrous results"--not exactly the thrust of the episode. 

Thursday: At least they got this one right "The Ricardos help the Mertzes redecorate their apartment" which took up a line and half of print.  The next two lines informed clueless viewers what actors played what character.  Who was the 1962 moron who had to learn from TV Guide that the character of Lucy was indeed played by Lucille Ball?

Friday: "Police are looking for Madame D, a mysterious burglar.  The finger of suspicion points to Lucy", who is once again played by Lucille Ball. 

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Luvsbway    1,713

Super cool. This is from my market. That's an NBC affiliate so I wonder what year this was. Now I'm thinking what Lucy promotion is lurking out there with my ABC call letters on.

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