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Old 02-25-2009, 12:49 AM   #61
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If you want to talk about bad songs on TV shows, the Honeymooners from the 1969-1970 season with Joey Heatherton and that song "Beautiful Love" or whatever it was has to be, without a doubt, the worse song ever produced on television. "We're talking about love, love, love, beautiful love." Yuck, that was torture to sit through, the saving grace being that Jackie or Art did not perform that song!
I'll have to take your word on that. As I only bought the first set several years ago, and couldn't even get through that, I'm not inclined to buy the rest. So I'll probably never hear this awful song. I do have all the CBS episodes from the '50s, including the so-called lost episodes. And I'm perfectly content with those.

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I've decided to watch "Lucy Goes to Scotland" again here soon when I have a chance just because my friend TeeVeeCloset said he always enjoyed it.
One of these days, one of your "Scotland" haters is going to have to explain to my why you hate that episode because I just can't see what's so bad about it. No, it's not one of the funniest and not one I'm ever overly anxious to see, but I still find it sufficiently entertaining, especially Fred and Ethel as the two-headed dragon.

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Again, I can't say it enough that all aspects of Here's Lucy I'm looking forward to. As this being the only Lucille Ball series I have not seen many episodes of, I am looking forward to discovering new shows in what is for me the "lost Lucy episodes!"
That's exactly how I felt when PAX ran the series back in '98/'99. I hadn't seen most of those episodes since the early to mid '80s, so it seemed fresh to me. Also, at that point I had not been watching I Love Lucy regularly for several years, so I wasn't watching the show (as I had in the past) with I Love Lucy expectations, and was able to just accept it for what it was. If you watch this series with Love Lucy eradicated from your head, you'll probably realize that Here's Lucy is just as good, or better than, most sitcoms. Or you'll discover an occasional episode that's truly a gem. You'll also find it an improvement over the last couple seasons of The Lucy Show.


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And speaking of the release of Lucy's specials on DVD, I believe the "Lucy Gets Lucky" special that will be released in June along with the Gleason special was written by Bob O'Brien. I don't have any information here in the room with me, but going by memory I believe he wrote that episode. The special I'm looking forward to getting released is "Happy Anniversary and Goodbye."
Yes, Bob O'Brien wrote Lucy Gets Lucky. I have a bad copy of that one on video. It's okay. It was filmed without a studio audience, something that usually didn't work well for Lucille Ball (she needed her audience). They somehow managed to make the lack of a studio audience work with Lucy in London, but it didn't really work here. There are some laughs here and there, but Lucy needed the energy she got from her audience.

As for Happy Anniversary and Goodbye, I'm with you there. I have seen that one (also on bad video), and it's wonderful. I think it's her best, or at least second-best, special.
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I just keep checking every day for the box art. wonder when we will get to see!!! I am almost nuts over this!! LOL
Hey, could you let us know when you do see the box art? I'm anxious to see it as well. I'm getting so excited here.
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Letting TeeVeeCloset know--I got the Lucy & Desi Home Movie DVD and really enjoyed it--including the bonus features!!

As for off topic parts, i really don't understand why people hate "Drafted".
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Well, it was also 1986, and by that point viewers had been exposed to more than ten years of over-reacting "Happy Days" and "Laverne & Shirley" studio audiences. I know this sounds like ageism, but let's face it, Lucy and Gale Gordon were too old to be trying to pull off physical comedy stunts. Other than the cute kid who played the grandson, they had a pretty weak supporting cast. And the scripts were mediocre. Compound that with the fact that they scheduled the show on Saturday nights, a night that tends to have low viewership. And also, all three of Lucy's previous sitcoms were in heavy rotation at that time; thus, Lucy was actually competing against her own younger self by this point. (TBS was the biggest cable channel back then and had "The Lucy Show" on every day; "Here's Lucy" had been syndicated fairly widely for several years beginning in 1981; and "I Love Lucy" was everywhere.) If they had come up with a unique concept that would have given viewers a real reason to stay in on Saturday night, it might have worked. But instead, it was a retread/lesser version of what viewers were already able to see any day of the week.
True.

Yeah, the supporting cast was a bunch of overacting, yelling, d-listers. Although Jenny Lewis is now a musician. She was on Letterman awhile back with Elvis Costello.
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As for off topic parts, i really don't understand why people hate "Drafted".
I know why I hate Drafted...the thought that anyone would draft Fred is just too ridiculous for any show...even science fiction!
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Letting TeeVeeCloset know--I got the Lucy & Desi Home Movie DVD and really enjoyed it--including the bonus features!!
Bonus features? Do tell....
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One of these days, one of your "Scotland" haters is going to have to explain to my why you hate that episode because I just can't see what's so bad about it. No, it's not one of the funniest and not one I'm ever overly anxious to see, but I still find it sufficiently entertaining, especially Fred and Ethel as the two-headed dragon.
Actually I do know what it is with this episode that I just didn't care for. I am not big on the fantasy sequences on TV shows, why I don't know but it's just never appealed to me. Occassionally there is one that I do enjoy, but something about episodes with dreams and fairy tale-like settings do nothing for me. I grew up when The Cosby Show was one, and I consider that my generation's I Love Lucy, but the episode where Rudy has the dream that she's in that fairytale just does nothing for me. "Scotland" may be one of my least favorite episodes, yet it is still better than a lot of series' episodes.
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I've decided to watch "Lucy Goes to Scotland" again here soon when I have a chance just because my friend TeeVeeCloset said he always enjoyed it. I've decided to clear my mind of past thoughts of the episode and watch it. I will admit it is one of the very few on the DVD's that I have not watched, so I'll watch it when I have a chance. (In black and white as I don't have the complete box set with the bonus material).

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I don't know if you were being tongue in cheek sarcastic friendly with me my friend as well or got me confused with another poster, I said in my post I dislike "Scotland" as well as all other singing ILL episodes.....I like "Main Street" from TLS......I did say the colorized version is an amazing treat to see, the color is extremely vivid but it didn't make the episode any better..........
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I don't know if you were being tongue in cheek sarcastic friendly with me my friend as well or got me confused with another poster, I said in my post I dislike "Scotland" as well as all other singing ILL episodes.....I like "Main Street" from TLS......I did say the colorized version is an amazing treat to see, the color is extremely vivid but it didn't make the episode any better..........
Here I was trying to do something good and then I went back and realized I misread your post! My fault .... and now that I am aware of my mistake, then I won't go back and rewatch "Scotland" afterall!!! Hahaha!
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Here I was trying to do something good and then I went back and realized I misread your post! My fault .... and now that I am aware of my mistake, then I won't go back and rewatch "Scotland" afterall!!! Hahaha!
You made me laugh.....try and get someone you know like I did to purchase the boxset and beg to borrow the bonus disc like I did...a public thanks to my own "Sandra Dee" friend, Jennifer!............if you are going to watch "scotland" ever again, it should be in the amazing color they created, yet it is so vivid, it looks candycoated.....but it really is cool to see.
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Someone put the color episode on youtube. Not sure if it's still there, but that's how I saw it. Love it.
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I've gotten word from someone who would know that we should expect to see some good extras on the "Here's Lucy" DVDs. Lucille Ball was known to be a pack rat who saved EVERYTHING. If you've ever heard Lucie Arnaz talk about the huge task she had going through her mother's scrapbooks, you'll know what I'm talking about. In a way, it's too bad Ms. Ball was not in charge during the "I Love Lucy" days because those who were in charge apparently decided to toss out everything that did not make it into the final print of the show. Consequently, there was very little available for extras on the "I Love Lucy" DVD sets. But by the "Here's Lucy" years, Lucy was the one at the helm, and true to form, it seems she kept tons of stuff, if not everything. When the original "Here's Lucy" DVD came out a few years ago, I thought those fabulous extras represented all the stuff that was able to be scraped together. Not so. Apparently, there's a virtual treasure trove of unseen footage that's been packed away all these years. The question is how much MPI is willing to use for extras. There's obviously an economies of scale issue, so we can't expect everything to make it onto the DVDs, but let's hope there's still plenty.
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Bonus features? Do tell....

sorry that I did not see your post earlier

An extended interview of Desi Jr and Lucie--Desi kinda dominates it IMO.

Two game show appearances by Desi Sr and Lucy--What's My Line? and I've Got a Secret.

Commercials done by Desi and Lucy.

the promos for the Here's Lucy Seasons 1-6 release.
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sorry that I did not see your post earlier

An extended interview of Desi Jr and Lucie--Desi kinda dominates it IMO.

Two game show appearances by Desi Sr and Lucy--What's My Line? and I've Got a Secret.

Commercials done by Desi and Lucy.

the promos for the Here's Lucy Seasons 1-6 release.
Neat...thanks.
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