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    Lucille Ball, the Post-I Love Lucy Thread

    Never thought about that. In the early days of TV, there was fear about all of the audience being able to hear what was going on the stage, so people were taught to PROJECT their voices. That was this actress, by name of Ann Dusenberry, is lacking. She doesn't PROJECT, she YELLS. She doesn't...
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    Lucille Ball, the Post-I Love Lucy Thread

    I've binge-watched almost all of LIFE WITH LUCY these past few days on DVD. I can agree with you; had the show been edged as more of a family comedy, it probably would've done better. There's sentiment in it, sure, but very early on the emphasis shifts toward Lucy and Gale Gordon basically doing...
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    Lucille Ball, the Post-I Love Lucy Thread

    THE LUCY SHOW and HERE'S LUCY both offer some gems to me, although the basic premise did get repetitive. Those episodes where she trailed new ground were the better ones, naturally, but I guess Lucy just holds a place in my heart that I cannot be a total downer when discussing her work on TV.
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    Lucille Ball, the Post-I Love Lucy Thread

    It's probably a little of all three, especially the maturing of the sitcoms around her by the early 1970s. MARY TYLER MOORE and MAUDE were two of the most popular shows of that era starring ladies in the lead, but they were considerably more edgy in their approach, while Lucy was basically...
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    Lucille Ball, the Post-I Love Lucy Thread

    While HERE'S LUCY was really just another premise change of THE LUCY SHOW, similar in fashion to the ever-present changes over on THE DORIS DAY SHOW around the same time. It was the same show in a lot of ways, but different enough for Lucy to call it "hers" and the property of Lucille Ball...
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    Lucille Ball, the Post-I Love Lucy Thread

    Yeah, Lucy really liked Charles Lane, but I've read he was only used on THE LUCY SHOW because Gale Gordon was unavailable when the show started. Once Gale Gordon was free, Charles Lane was out. I'm sure it also helped that Charles Lane had near-paralyzing stage fright and a terrible time of...
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    Lucille Ball, the Post-I Love Lucy Thread

    I can agree with that, even though Ricky was my least favorite character on I LOVE LUCY. He served his purpose well, and Gale Gordon, while technically a good foil for Lucy, didn't really work because his interference didn't make that much sense. When he was her brother-in-law on HERE'S LUCY, I...
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    Lucille Ball, the Post-I Love Lucy Thread

    That's not how I've heard it told. From what I understand, Lucy and Ann Sothern were really good friends, dating back to their days as contract players for RKO in the 1930s. Neither of them had been terribly popular in film (although Lucy did some gems and Ann had the MAISIE series), but each...
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    Lucille Ball, the Post-I Love Lucy Thread

    Lucy was never really the same without Vivian at her side. Those first season of THE LUCY SHOW kind of seemed like an extension of I LOVE LUCY in a way, because you know that Lucy and Viv have been together for a while now, and their seasoned friendship transitions well into their on-screen...
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    Lucille Ball, the Post-I Love Lucy Thread

    I have a vague memory of that, too, but I couldn't tell you where I read it. Now, I wish Lucy would have at least guested on THE GOLDEN GIRLS, but only with a Girls-inspired spin on her personality. She could have been a relative of Bea Arthur's.
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    Lucille Ball, the Post-I Love Lucy Thread

    LIFE WITH LUCY could have been something great for Lucy, but she went with her same ole writers even when producer Aaron Spelling practically handed her the M*A*S*H writers. She turned that down. Not only was she loyal to her friends, she wanted to keep doing the same kind of show her faithful...
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    Lucille Ball, the Post-I Love Lucy Thread

    Lucille Ball is often regarded as the First Lady of Television Comedy, and she rightfully deserves that title. Her breakthrough sitcom I LOVE LUCY was the most popular television show of the 1950s, and continues to get big syndication ratings and revenue. For this thread, I want to talk about...
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