Saturday, January 25, 2014

Lucy, Lucy, Lucy: A TVCU Quickie

What's a quickie?  See this blog.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I Love Lucy is a landmark American television sitcom starring Lucille BallDesi ArnazVivian Vance, and William Frawley. The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, 1957, on CBS. After the series ended in 1957, however, a modified version continued for three more seasons with 13 one-hour specials, running from 1957 to 1960, known first as The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show and later in reruns as The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour.
I Love Lucy was the most watched show in the United States in four of its six seasons, and was the first to end its run at the top of the Nielsen ratings (an accomplishment later matched by The Andy Griffith Show and Seinfeld). I Love Lucy is still syndicated in dozens of languages across the world. A colorized version of its Christmas episode attracted more than 8 million viewers when CBS aired it in prime time in 2013 – 62 years after the show premiered.[1]
The show was the first scripted television program to be shot on 35 mm film in front of a studio audience, and won fiveEmmy Awards and received numerous nominations. Another award that the show won was the coveted George Foster Peabody Award for "recognition of distinguished achievement in television."[2] In 2002, it ranked second on TV Guide'slist of television's greatest shows, behind Seinfeld and ahead of The Honeymooners.[3] In 2007, it was listed as one ofTime magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME."[4] I Love Lucy remains popular, with an American audience of 40 million each year.[5]

The Lucy Show is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from 1962–68. It was Lucille Ball's follow-up to I Love Lucy. A significant change in cast and premise for the 1965–66 season divides the program into two distinct eras; aside from Ball, only Gale Gordon, who joined the program for its second season, remained. For the first three seasons, Vivian Vance was the co-star.
The earliest scripts were entitled The Lucille Ball Show, but when this title was declined, producers thought of calling the show This Is Lucy or The New Adventures of Lucy, before deciding on the title The Lucy Show. Ball won consecutive Emmy Awards as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the series' final two seasons, 1966–67 and 1967–68.

Here's Lucy is Lucille Ball's third network television sitcom. It ran on CBS from 1968 to 1974.

From me:

I love Lucy.  Really, I do.  I'm not just being clever, though of course I am incredibly clever.  Even though I was born in 1972, I grew up with reruns of all the Lucy shows.  Back in day, the local channels used to run Lucy reruns all the time in the slots now reserved for Jerry Springer and Judge Judy.  

The shows are all in the TVCU, but they are not the same character.  It just happens that there are three red heads who get into crazy hijinks.

Toby also loves Lucy.  Click here

Click below for crossovers of I Love Lucy and...

Adventures of Superman

The Danny Thomas Show.

Private Secretary

Click here for a crossover of the Lucy Show and Gomer Pyle.

Click below for crossovers of Here's Lucy and...

The Honeymooners


TVCU Mini-Chron:  (Note that this is not a full chron.  It's a only a partial, because, you know, quickie.  You can find a full I Love Lucy blog here.)

December 1951--I LOVE LUCY--"Drafted"--Santa makes a brief appearance.

1952 - 1958--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (TELEVISION SERIES)--Clark Kent moves to Los Angles (a great Metropolis) and becomes Superman.  NOTES:  THERE ARE A LOT OF HINTS LEADING THAT THIS SERIES IS IN CHICAGO, BUT AS TOBY O'BRIEN POINTED OUT, THEY HAVE TO BE NEAR THE DESERT, BECAUSE WHENEVER THEY LEAVE THE CITY, THEY SEEM TO BE IN THE DESERT.  SO I'M THINKING L.A.  IT'S GOOD TO HAVE THE TWO SUPERMEN LIVING FAR FROM EACH OTHER, TO EXPLAIN WHY THEY DIDN'T INTERACT MORE OFTEN.  THIS SERIES WILL CROSS WITH I LOVE LUCY, WHICH IS WHY SUPERMAN EXISTS IN THE TVCU.  Apparently whoever designed the architecture of Mayberry had also worked up in the Metropolis area.  Perhaps, like Mike Brady, he just keeps putting out the same designs over and over.  Note that because of the Wizard, the world had forgotten that Superman existed, so when this Clark makes his debut, the world knows him as the first and only Superman.  This Superman is very public, and the world knows of his existence.  He inspires a second age of super-heroes (and in fact, another age a thousand years in the future!)

December 25, 1956--I LOVE LUCY--"1956 Christmas Show"--Lucy and the gang meet Santa, who pops in in Christmas morning.

January 1957--I LOVE LUCY--"Lucy and Superman"--One crossover that Win left out is better left in my hands anyways.  In 1957, famed musician Ricky Ricardo wanted to get George Reeves to appear as Superman for his son's birthday party.  Ricky had a lot of Hollywood connections, and it looked like it was going to work.  But wait.  I said that the show was real.  Well, remember how those Fleisher cartoons were based on true stories?  So was the show.  The folks at DC were integral in the writing, and the casting of the show.  The folks at DC knew a secret though.  While most people thought Superman was a creation of DC Comics, in fact, they were getting their stories from Superman for the most part, though some things they got from the Planet stories and some they did make up.  So when they cast Reeves, they found someone who was the splitting image practically of Superman.  Now back to the story.  Reeves had a scheduling conflict and couldn't come to the party.  Ricky's wife Lucy, feeling bad, dressed as Superman.  But unexpectedly, Superman showed up with Ricky.  Now I say Superman, not Reeves.  At first, everyone (except the kids) thinks it's Reeves.  Sure he flies in, but it's in a way like seen on TV, where it could have been merely a stunt.  But then, when a heavy piano needs to be moved, Ricky with the help of Fred and Ethel Mertz, try to move it, but the combined strength of all three cannot budge it.  Then Superman moves it quickly and easily with one hand as if it was light as a feather.  And that's how we know.  He never breaks character, because he's not acting.  It is Superman.  (This takes place in the I Love Lucy episode "Lucy and Superman", and even in the credits, he's listed as Superman.)  NOTES:  THE TVCU'S CONCEPT FOR INCLUSION IS A SIX DEGREES OF LUCY RICARDO.  EVERYTHING THAT'S IN SHOULD BE ABLE TO BE TRACED BACK TO LUCY, BECAUSE...WAIT FOR IT...I LOVE LUCY, OF COURSE.

December 1958--THE LUCY-DESI COMEDY HOUR/I LOVE LUCY--The Williams take a vacation in Connecticut.  They rent the home of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo.

January 1959--THE DANNY THOMAS SHOW/WESTINGHOUSE DESILU PLAYHOUSE--"Lucy Upsets the Williams Household"--The Ricardos come pay the Williams a visit.


1966--ADDAMS FAMILY--Santa pops in for a scene similar to that in the classic I LOVE LUCY episode.

November 1966--THE LUCY SHOW--"Lucy Gets Caught Up In the Draft"--Due to a clerical error, Lucy Carmichael is drafted into the Marines.  She finally gets out of it, and as she leaves, in enters Gomer Pyle.

January 1971--MAKE ROOM FOR GRANDDADDY--"Lucy Carter, Houseguest"--Thank you, Toby. Lucy Carter, of THE LUCY SHOW, stays over in the Williams home.  Not Lucy Ricardo.  Lucy Carter.    Danny Williams has had the pleasure of knowing two screwy red heads in his life.

1991 to 1992--HI HONEY, I'M HOME--This series involves a family moving to a new town where only a child neighbor realizes this family was featured on an old TV show.  In fact (from the TVCU point of view), this family had been the focus of an early reality show, and were now trying to live a quiet life.  June Clever and Eddie Haskell have made appearance on this show.  Other former reality show stars appear on this series, including Alice and Trixie of THE HONEYMOONERS, Granpa of THE MUNSTERS, Alice the maid from THE BRADY BUNCH, Sally Rogers of THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW, Mr. Mooney of THE LUCY SHOW, and GOMER PYLE of THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW (and his own series.)

And from Wikipedia again, here is some additional crossover information:



Bonus.  Horror Crossover Universe! 

Sorry, but in the Horror Crossover Universe, it's I Love Lucy Westerna, The Lucy Weston Show, and Here's Lucy...Wasn't She Dead?

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