Showing posts with label I Love Lucy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label I Love Lucy. Show all posts

Monday, February 12, 2018

When Linus Met Sally and Other Famous Fictional Couples


You have to be pretty hard-hearted to not get a least a little lump in your thought when you think of some of fictional couples. But have you ever stopped to think just how these crazy lovebirds ever got together? The answers may surprise you.

Linus and Sally
Linus Van Pelt and Sally Brown
According to the comic strip, Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally was born on May 26, 1959 where Charlie marked the occasion by passing out chocolate cigars to his friends. She grew up quickly. She took her first steps on August 22, 1960 and she fell in love with Linus, Lucy’s brother, on the next day. It was love at first sight, at least on her part. Sally has often referred to Linus as her “Sweet Baboo.” Her dedication to her man seems endless. She has missed out on “tricks and treats” by sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin and she was incensed that Linus would snub her a Valentine’s gift in favor for his teacher, Miss Othmar. Still, she clings hopelessly in love with the stripe t-shirt-wearing Linus.

I Dream of Jeannie
Tony and Jeannie Nelson
The astronaut Captain Tony Nelson met Jeannie on a deserted island in the South Pacific on September 18, 1965 in the premiere episode of I Dream of Jeannie. Nelson’s one-man Stardus One space capsule landed far from the planned recovery site where he found a strange bottle. He opened the bottle releasing a genie who had been trapped inside for 2,000 years. At first, the two could not communicate until he wished that they could. Unbeknownst to Tony, Jeannie rolled her bottle into his duffle bag and “followed” him home. At the time, Tony was engaged to his commanding general’s daughter, Melissa Stone, but the two broke up.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Enjoy Christmas with [I Love] Lucy

"I Love Lucy Christmas Special" airs Dec. 22, 2017.
Vivian Vance, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz and William Frawley (CBS)


CBS is presenting it’s annual I Love Lucy Christmas Special Friday, December 22 at 8:00 p.m. These Christmas specials have aired on the Network the past four years, each combining the holiday-themed episode with a different comedy classic. This year, the one hour special presents the classic “Christmas Episode” and “The Fashion Show” both colorized with a nod to the 1950s period in which they were filmed.

“The Christmas Episode” finds the Ricardos and Mertzes decorating Lucy and Ricky’s Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardos’ son, Little Ricky. Flashbacks recall the night Lucy tells Ricky she is pregnant, the time Lucy shows up unexpectedly as part of a barbershop quartet and the day Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse taking Lucy to the maternity ward.

"I Love Lucy Christmas Special" airs Dec. 22, 2017.
In “The Fashion Show,” Lucy convinces Ricky to allow her to spend up to $100 on a dress at the fashionable Don Loper Salon in Beverly Hills. However, when an opportunity arises for Lucy to participate in a Loper fashion show featuring glamorous movie star wives, Lucy winds up spending five times that! Lucy hopes that if she gets a mild sunburn, Ricky will feel sorry for her and forgive her for spending so much, though, as always, she goes a bit too far!

“The Fashion Show” was originally broadcast Feb. 28, 1955, and became an immediate favorite not only of viewers, but of Lucille Ball herself. The episode features a few of her real-life personal friends: Mrs. Gordon MacRae, Mrs. William Holden, Mrs. Van Heflin, Mrs. Forrest Tucker and Don Loper himself.

Friday, December 8, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for December 8

Lucy was pregnant on December 8, 1952.

Lucy is with Child

Television’s first on-screen pregnancy appeared in the late 1940’s sitcom, Mary Kay and Johnny, but fans have often credited I Love Lucy for being the first. However, CBS would not allow the word “pregnant” to be used during the episode which aired on this day in 1952. Instead, Lucy was “expecting” (both in storyline and in real life) with Desi Arnaz, Jr. The title of the episode was “Lucy is Enceinte.” It is interesting to note that the show’s sponsor, Philip Morris, requested that Lucy would not be seen smoking during the pregnancy episodes. In January of the next year, “Lucy Goes to the Hospital” aired, which coincided with Lucille Ball’s real-life delivery of her son. It was watched by more people than any other TV show at the time with over 70% of all U.S. TV sets tuned in.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for October 15

"I Love Lucy" debuted on October 15, 1951.

The World Falls in Love with Lucy

The CBS sitcom, I Love Lucy starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley debuted on this day in 1951. The series began with Lucy and Ricky Ricardo living in an apartment building where their landlords, Fred and Ethel Mertz served as the couple’s best friends. During the show’s second season, “Little Ricky” was born whose birth was timed to match Lucy’s real-life delivery of the couple’s son Desi Arnaz Jr. When the blessed (TV Show) event happened on January 19, 1953, over 70% of all households were tuned into the show. The show was the most-watched TV show in the U.S. for four of the series’ six year of broadcasting. Even today it is estimated that reruns of I Love Lucy is enjoyed by 40 million Americans every year. The show won five Emmy awards and in 2012, it was voted the “Best TV Show of All Time” by ABC News and People Magazine.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for August 6

Lucille Ball was born on August 6, 1911.

Lucille Ball is Born

It was on this day in 1911 that Lucille Desiree Ball was born in Jamestown New York. When Lucy was just 14 year old, she began a romance with a 23-year-old whom her mother thought was a hoodlum. Her mother arranged to send Lucy to the John Murray Anderson School for Dramatic Arts in New York in an effort to separate the two. While attending school, Lucy met Bette Davis who was also attending the school. She began her long career in 1929 working as model and then later taking the stages of Broadway using the stage name, Diane Belmont. This led her to a few minor film roles during the 1930s and it was during time that Lucille met Desi Arnaz, a Cuban bandleader. The two eloped in November 1940. In 1948, Lucy was cast in the CBS radio show, My Favorite Husband, which was big success and CBS wanted to develop the same show for television, a common practice during the early days of TV. Lucy agreed but only if the part of the husband would be played by Desi. It is said that I Love Lucy was not only a hit for the couple on screen but was also an attempt to keep their marriage together as Desi was known to be attracted to other women. It didn’t. The show ended in 1957, their marriage ended in 1960. In 1961, Lucy married Gary Morton. In 1961, Lucy became the first woman to run a major TV studio known as Desilu which produced Mission: Impossible, Star Trek and others. Lucy later starred in other TV series: The Lucy Show (1962-1968), Here’s Lucy (1968-1974) and Life with Lucy (1986). Her last public appearance was during the 61st Academy Awards in 1989. She died four weeks later. She is gone, we are forever in love with Lucy.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

‘I Love Lucy’ Special Kicks Off CBS’ 2016 Summer Schedule of TV Shows

"I Love Lucy" with John Wayne
I Love Lucy with John Wayne (CBS)
I Love Lucy is coming back to CBS this May, says the network in a press release. The new I Love Lucy Superstar Special, is actually a re-broadcasting of two of the TV show’s more iconic episodes remastered and colorized and will be presented on Sunday, May 22.

I Love Lucy, which starred Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley, aired on the CBS network from 1951 to 1957 and ran with consistently good ratings. The two episodes shown during the May special will be, “Lucy Visits Grauman’s” and “Lucy and John Wayne,” two back-to-back episodes from season 5 of the series which were originally broadcast in October of 1955. This was the season when the Ricardos and the Mertzs drove to Hollywood for Ricky’s big movie role. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Video of the Day: "I Love Lucy" Blooper

They didn't make mistakes on "I Love Lucy" did they? In this scene, Desi accidentally said his Spanish line in English and started laughing at his mistake, but being the actor he is, he made it seem like the whole thing was scripted! (Thanks Briggitte Suastegui)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

You'll Love Lucy this Friday

"I Love Lucy" Christmas special airs Friday, December 20 at 8:00 p.m. on CBS.
I Love Lucy, one of television’s greatest comedies will be home for the holidays this Friday at 8:00 p.m. on CBS. The seldom-seen “Lost Christmas Special” will be given a colorized update with a “vintage look” as well.

"The Christmas Episode" was first presented as part of the regularly scheduled "I Love Lucy" series on CBS in December 1956. The episode wasn't included in the series' long history of rebroadcasts, first on CBS Daytime and later in syndication. Thought to be "lost," CBS rediscovered the episode in 1989. During the special, the Ricardos (Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz) and Mertzes (Vivian Vance and William Frawley) are decorating Lucy and Ricky's Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardo's son, Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux). Flashbacks (in black-and-white to emphasize the time lapse) recall the night Lucy tells Ricky she is pregnant, the time Lucy shows up unexpectedly as part of a barbershop quartet, and the day Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse taking Lucy to the maternity ward.