Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Tuesday, September 3, 2002

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,

Hope everyone had a safe and happy Labor Day holiday! When I was a child (which, as Mrs. McGuillicuddy would say, was "YEARS ago!") the holiday was always a bitter-sweet experience for me... It marked the official end of our 3-month school summer vacation... but it also meant that my favorite television programs (including you know what) would soon be back on the air after their summer hiatus... Ah, the memories of youth...

More Lucy Items Available Soon...

Now that Lucy's 50th anniversary year is all but over, people have been asking if there will be a curtailment of the Lucy-inspired merchandise and videos? The answer is absolutely not... In fact, the various anniversary specials and celebrations have only renewed and grown the worldwide interest in the wacky Redhead...

Lucie Arnaz reports that among the new merchandise items in development are I Love Lucy-inspired lines of clothing... for both women and men... items like "Lucy dresses" and "Desi jackets." Everything is still in the preliminary planning stages, but we will keep you informed as more specifics become available...

As for videos and films, we mentioned in last week's letter about the next batch of I Love Lucy VHS and DVDs that are about to be released... There is also a new History Channel production that looks at "Big Business Deals" of the past century. The program of September 17th includes a look at Lucy and Desi's deal with CBS in 1951, which resulted in I Love Lucy. The program airs 9-10PM in the Eastern and Pacific time zones. Please check you local TV listings for exact time in your area.

Also in the works are three new documentaries:

  • The Travel Channel has commissioned a documentary about Lucy and her on-going popularity. Production is currently underway in Los Angles; no airdate has been announced.

  • Filmmaker/documentarian Garrett Boyajian is working on a new documentary that examines "fans and fandom" and how they have affected Lucy's career over the years... Among the dozens of interviews (with both fans and celebrities) are conversations with elderly fans who first became interested in Lucy when she was a 1940s movie star, way before television. Garrett tells us one of the ladies shared with him her fabulous scrapbooks, dating back to the start of Lucy's career. We will have more information about Garrett's documentary in future newsletters.

  • Last but not least is producer Kurt Fethke's documentary on "The Desilu Story," a look at Lucy and Desi's television empire. "This film will complete the triangle," says Lucie Arnaz. "There have been films in the past that examined my parents' home life, and films about their TV series... This one takes a look at the studio, how it grew and for a while dominated the industry." The program will air on one of the cable channels later this winter, and subsequently be released on DVD and VHS home video... Again, we will have more on this later...

There are also a few new book projects in development -- but we will save those for a later newsletter...

So, as you can see all is well in the wonderful world of Lucy.

See you next week!


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