Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, July 15, 2002

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,

TV Guide Names the Worst...

In its on-going celebration of its own 50th Anniversary, TV Guide magazine devotes much of its next issue (that of the week of July 20-26) to "The 50 Worst TV Shows of All Time." As you may have guessed, the editors have included Lucille Ball's Life with Lucy... We certainly disagree with them and could debate the issue for hours on end -- but when all is said and done, these lists are all subjective, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. At least the critique for Life with... is gentle. It ends with, "Critics savaged the series, audiences ignored it. Lucy's fans expected more, and Lucy deserved better." We cannot disagree.

The magazine's list of losers, as we mentioned, is subjective. It is not, for example, based on ratings success or failure. Included are such long-running programs as The Ropers, The Flying Nun and the hugely successful Hogan's Heroes. Go figure...

Lucy Tour Rides Again

Good news from the managers of the "I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Tour." The traveling show has been booked to play Harah's Casino & Hotel in St. Louis, MO, August 16-25th. It has also been scheduled for the Showboat Casino & Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ, November 8-24. We will keep you up-dated as additional bookings are announced.

See you next week!


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