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CBS Salutes Lucy with

November 4, 2001

Stars and fans will celebrate television's most popular and enduring series of all time on "I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special," a two-hour potpourri of entertainment to be broadcast Sunday evening, November 11 (9-11PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, the home of the original series.

"The show is a little hard to describe," admits Fred Rappoport, who with Gary Smith, Lucie Arnaz, and Desi Arnaz Jr., is serving as executive producer of the special. "It is definitely not your standard "clip" show. CBS already did that with Lucille Ball's 25th anniversary, and it has been done-to-death with a myriad other specials about Lucy's career. While we are including some film clips, we are also including some brand new musical numbers, interviews with people who worked on the shows, interviews with fans... It is a rich mix of elements -- hopefully, something for everyone."

Among the celebrities sharing their love of Lucy are Antonio Banderas, Cher, Richard Crenna, Dick Van Dyke, Andy Garcia, Whoopi Goldberg, Larry King, Jorge Moreno, Paul Rodriguez, Roseanne, Arthuro Sandoval, Lily Tomlin, Barbara Walters and Henry Winkler.

I Love Lucy writers Bob Carroll Jr., Madelyn Davis and Bob Schiller recall working on the series, as do editor Dann Cahn, director Bill Asher (who helmed over 100 episodes of the show), and Gregg Oppenheimer, son of I Love Lucy producer, Jess Oppenheimer.

In a fashion similar to AFI's "100 Years...100 Thrills," the I Love Lucy Anniversary Special will countdown "the Top Ten Lucy Shows," as selected by fans visiting the CBS web site the past few months. The episode selected as the fans' #1 all time favorite will not be announced until that night.

Lucie and Desi Jr. will share "home movies" of a recent trip to their mother's hometown of Jamestown, NY. They also explore their father's Cuban heritage and his influence on Latin music in the United States.

Last, but not least, the special will include some never-before-shown footage from the recently rediscovered "I Love Lucy" feature film produced (but never released) in 1952-53.

As Mr. Rappoport says, there is something here for everyone!

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