The Lucy – Desi Comedy Hour

 

In the spring of 1962, CBS purchased from Desilu Productions, Inc., rerun rights to the 13 “Lucille Ball – Desi Arnaz Show” specials, produced between 1957 and 1960.  The network repackaged the 60-minute programs with new opening titles, as The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, and scheduled it to run in primetime as a weekly summer-replacement series.

 

1962 – Monday 9-10PM

 

For the summer of 1962, the network used the shows as summertime substitute for The Danny Thomas Show and The Andy Griffith Show, which during the winter months aired back-to-back on Monday nights 9-10PM. 

 

This year’s mission was two-fold:  to provide good comedy entertainment during the warm months AND to get viewers back into the habit of watching a Lucy comedy every Monday night.  Scheduled to begin in the fall, at 8:30-9PM, was the new series, The Lucy Show.

 

Because The Lucy-Desi  Comedy Hour was pinch-hitting for the Thomas series, “Lucy Makes Room for Danny” was selected as the lead-off program.  Interestingly, the release sequence created for this 1962 summer run was followed in all subsequent CBS summer runs. 

 

This first summer, however, included only 12 of the 13 shows.  Not used was “Lucy Wants a Career.”  4 of the 12 shows had never been repeated prior to this summer series.

 

The broadcast schedule was as follows:

 

            Airdate            Prod. #              Title                                                    Exposure

 

1          7/2/62               7                     Lucy Makes Room for Danny                  3rd network airing

 

2          7/9/62               1                     Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana               3rd network airing

 

3          7/16/62             4                      Lucy Wins a Race Horse                         2nd network airing

 

4          7/23/62             6                      Lucy Goes to Mexico                              3rd network airing

 

5          7/30/62             11                     Milton Berle Hides Out at the Ricardos     3rd network airing

 

6          8/6/62               8                      Lucy Goes to Alaska                               3rd network airing

 

7          8/13/62             2                      The Celebrity Next Door                         2nd network airing

 

8          8/20/62             3                      Lucy Hunts Uranium                               3rd network airing

 

9          8/27/62             13                    Lucy Meets the Mustache                       2nd network airing

 

10         9/3/62               5                      Lucy Goes to Sun Valley                         3rd network airing

 

11         9/10/62             10                     Lucy’s Summer Vacation                        3rd network airing

 

12         9/17/62             12                     The Ricardos Visit Japan                         2nd network airing

 

 



1963 – Saturday 7:30-8:30PM

 

For the summer of 1963, the network used the shows as summertime substitute for Jackie Gleason’s American Scene Magazine, which during the winter months aired Saturday nights at 7:30-8:30PM.  

 

This year all 13 programs were presented.  “Lucy Wants a Career” was being repeated for the very first time.

 

The broadcast schedule was as follows:

 

 

            Airdate            Prod. #              Title                                                    Exposure

 

1          6/29/63             7                      Lucy Makes Room for Danny                  4th network airing

 

2          7/6/63               1                      Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana               4th network airing

 

3          7/13/63             4                      Lucy Wins a Race Horse                         3rd network airing

 

4          7/20/63             6                      Lucy Goes to Mexico                              4th network airing

 

5          7/27/63             11                     Milton Berle Hides Out at the Ricardos     4th  network airing

 

6          8/3/63               8                      Lucy Goes to Alaska                               4th network airing

 

7          8/10/63             2                      The Celebrity Next Door                         3rd network airing

 

8          8/17/63             3                      Lucy Hunts Uranium                               4th network airing

 

9          8/24/63             13                     Lucy Meets the Mustache                       3rd network airing

 

10         8/31/63             5                      Lucy Goes to Sun Valley                         4th network airing

 

11         9/7/63               10                     Lucy’s Summer Vacation                        4th network airing

 

12         9/14/63             12                     The Ricardos Go to Japan                        3rd network airing

 

13         9/21/63             9                      Lucy Wants a Career                              2nd network airing

 

 



1964 – Saturday 7:30-8:30PM

 

For the summer of 1964, the network once again used the shows as summertime substitute for Jackie Gleason’s American Scene Magazine, which during the winter months aired Saturday nights at 7:30-8:30PM.  

 

All 13 programs were presented.

 

The broadcast schedule was as follows:

 

 

            Airdate            Prod. #              Title                                                    Exposure

 

1          6/27/64             7                      Lucy Makes Room for Danny                  5th network airing

 

2          7/4/64               1                      Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana               5th network airing

 

3          7/11/64             4                      Lucy Wins a Race Horse                         4th network airing

 

4          7/18/64             6                      Lucy Goes to Mexico                              5th network airing

 

5          7/25/64             11                     Milton Berle Hides Out at the Ricardos     5th network airing

 

6          8/1/64               8                      Lucy Goes to Alaska                               5th network airing

 

7          8/8/64               2                      The Celebrity Next Door                         4th network airing

 

8          8/15/64             3                      Lucy Hunts Uranium                               5th network airing

 

9          8/24/64             13                     Lucy Meets the Mustache                       4th network airing

 

10         8/29/64             5                      Lucy Goes to Sun Valley                         5th network airing

 

11         9/5/64               10                     Lucy’s Summer Vacation                        5th network airing

 

12         9/12/64             12                     The Ricardos Go to Japan                        4th network airing

 

13         9/19/64             9                      Lucy Wants a Career                              3rd network airing

 

 



1965 – Wednesday 10-11PM

 

For the summer of 1965, the network used the shows as summertime substitute for The Danny Kaye Show, which during the winter months aired Wednesday nights at 10-11PM.  

 

Only 11 of the 13 programs were presented.

 

The broadcast schedule was as follows:

 

 

            Airdate            Prod. #              Title                                                    Exposure

 

1          6/30/65             7                      Lucy Makes Room for Danny                  6th network airing

 

2          7/7/65               1                      Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana               6th network airing

 

3          7/14/65             4                      Lucy Wins a Race Horse                         5th network airing

 

4          7/21/65             6                      Lucy Goes to Mexico                              6th network airing

 

5          7/28/65             11                     Milton Berle Hides Out at the Ricardos     6th network airing

 

6          8/4/65               8                      Lucy Goes to Alaska                               6th network airing

 

7          8/11/65             2                      The Celebrity Next Door                         5th network airing

 

8          8/18/65             3                      Lucy Hunts Uranium                               6th network airing

 

9          8/25/65             13                     Lucy Meets the Mustache                       5th network airing

 

10         9/1/65               5                      Lucy Goes to Sun Valley                         6th network airing

 

11         9/8/65               10                     Lucy’s Summer Vacation                        6th network airing

 

 



1966 – Series Not Used

 

For the summer of 1966, the network elected not to run The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.

 

 



1967 – Thursday 7:30-8:30PM

 

For the summer of 1967, the network used the shows as a summertime filler program for the Thursday 7:30-8:30PM time period.  

 

All 13 programs were presented. 

 

The broadcast schedule was as follows:

 

 

            Airdate            Prod. #              Title                                                    Exposure

 

1          6/8/67               7                      Lucy Makes Room for Danny                  7th network airing

 

2          6/15/67             1                      Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana               7th network airing

 

3          6/22/67             4                      Lucy Wins a Race Horse                         6th network airing

 

4          6/29/67             6                      Lucy Goes to Mexico                              7th network airing

 

5          7/6/67               11                     Milton Berle Hides Out at the Ricardos     7th network airing

 

6          7/13/67             8                      Lucy Goes to Alaska                               7th network airing

 

7          7/20/67             2                      The Celebrity Next Door                         6th network airing

 

8          7/27/67             3                      Lucy Hunts Uranium                               7th network airing

 

9          8/3/67               13                     Lucy Meets the Mustache                       6th network airing

 

10         8/10/67             5                      Lucy Goes to Sun Valley                         7th network airing

 

11         8/17/67             10                     Lucy’s Summer Vacation                        7th network airing

 

12         8/24/67             12                     The Ricardos Go to Japan                        5th network airing

 

13         8/31/67             9                      Lucy Wants a Career                              4th network airing

 

 

The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour was retired from the network inventory after the 1967 summer season.  It was subsequently released in syndication via Viacom Enterprises.