Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, July 22, 2002

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,

Congratulations, Lucie & Desi...

Our congratulations again to Lucie and Desi Arnaz (and their associates Gary Smith, Fred Rappoport and Dann Netter) on the nomination last week of "I Love Lucy: The 50th Anniversary Special" for an Emmy Award.

The two-hour docu-variety show was nominated in the category called "Special Class Program," something of a catch-all for special shows that do not fit neatly into some other category. Among the competition is the AFI "100 Years... 100 Thrills" salute to action movies, a special episode of Survivor, "Trading Spaces," and a special documentary episode of The West Wing.

Lucie and her husband Larry Luckinbill won an Emmy in 1994 for their television special, "Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie," a bio-documentary that drew heavily on Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's home movies (photo, above).

"I Love Lucy: The 50th Anniversary Special" aired on CBS last November, and was one of the highest-rated specials of the season.

The 54th Annual Emmy Awards are scheduled to be presented on Sunday, September 22, with NBC televising the event this year.

Christmas in July

This year's designs of the highly-collectible Hallmark Christmas ornaments have started to trickle into the local card shops -- but the new 2002 I Love Lucy ornament is not due until early October. This year's decoration is a recreation of the "chocolate factory" conveyor belt scene, complete with a wind-up motorized belt that moves back and forth. The piece, which will retail for $16.95 in the US and $22.95 in Canada, was sculpted by Anita Marra Rogers. Here's a preview:

That's all the Lucy news for now... See you next week!


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