Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, September 9, 2002

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,

It's Emmy Time Again...

Keep your fingers crossed: The Academy of TV Arts & Sciences will present its "Prime Time Creative Arts Emmy Awards" this weekend at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium, and CBS' "I Love Lucy: 50th Anniversary Special" is among the programs nominated. (The Creative Arts Awards are in most instances for behind-the-scenes workers, although a few program awards do get presented here as well. The regular awards -- for Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director, etc. -- will be presented on Sunday, September 22, and will be televised over NBC.)

This weekend's "Creative Arts" awards will not be televised live -- but they will be recorded and aired the following Saturday -- September 21 -- over E! Entertainment cable channel...

Lucie Arnaz and brother Desi will be attending Saturday's ceremonies. Both, of course, served as Executive Producers of the "I Love Lucy" special.

Then It's On to Las Vegas...

Next week, the Arnazes will fly to Las Vegas to see the new "I Love Lucy" -themed slot machines that are about to make their debut in various casinos around the country. (We will try to get a list of the casinos featuring the machines and post them on the web site.)

Set Your VCRs...

Stuart Shostak reports that the Game Show Network is going to start showing repeats of the original 1950s quiz show What's My Line? -- at the ungodly hour of 1:30am (Pacific Time)/ 4:30am (Eastern) Saturday night/Sunday morning -- beginnng September 21. They are starting with the show that aired November 9, 1952 -- and a certain Cuban we all know and love is the Mystery Guest.

What's My Line was produced live out of New York in those days, and this was the weekend before Desilu filmed "Lucy Goes to the Hospital," the last I Love Lucy to be completed before Lucy's four-month maternity leave -- which may explain why Lucy did not accompany her husband to New York for this quickie appearance.

Radio Salute to "The Lucy Show"

And finally, Stuart and Ron Paul have scheduled a 40th anniversary tribute to The Lucy Show as part of Ron's weekly radio show -- for Saturday evening, October 5. Jimmy Garrett, who co-starred in the series as Lucy's son, Jerry Carmichael, will be Ron's special guest. The program will be available via the internet through a connection in the "Media Center" area of this web site. Exact times will be announced shortly...

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


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