Still in Love with Lucy
by Thomas Watson
Monday, March 10, 2003
Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,
LUCY NEWS & UPDATES
TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV
As mentioned last week, TV Land will present a special 90-minute "TV Land Awards" program on Wednesday evening (March 12). It's the first of what may become an annual event, at which the cable network salutes the top shows and actors from television's past. John Ritter hosts this year's event, taped March 2 at the Hollywood Paladium. I Love Lucy's "Job Switching" episode won the award for TV's all time "best food fight." Sounds like a fun evening!
New Collecti-Critter Bear On Its Way
The latest in the series of I Love Lucy-inspired bears -- a "Queen of the Gypsies" bear -- is currently being shipped from the manufacturer, and will be available from dealers within the next few days. The bear is a "limited production" item, meaning only 5000 units were produced -- so if you collect these bears, you will want to get your order in pronto.
New "I Love Lucy" DVDs On the Way
Gregg Oppenheimer tells us that Volume 6 of Columbia House's I Love Lucy DVD series is also now shipping. If you are already a subscriber to the series, you may have already received a letter from Columbia House announcing the disc will be arriving soon.
Gregg also reminds us that instead of $24.95 per disc, the price has been lowered to only $19.95 -- and instead of 4 episodes per disc, Volume 6 (and most future volumes) will have at least 6 episodes per disc. (Volume #8, which finishes out Season One, will be the exception, with only 4 shows.)
As we mentioned here a few months ago, current subscribers will NOT automatically receive the reduced price. Columbia House will continue to bill you at $24.95 -- unless you ask them to give you the $19.95 billing. (I know this sounds crazy, but it is the truth!) Gregg suggests you paste this URL into your web browser:
or, alternatively, you can go to http://www.columbiahouse.com and click on "CLUB HELP" and then click on "CONTACT US." Then send them an e-message, asking Columbia House to adjust your account to reflect the new $19.95 list price for all future I Love Lucy DVD purchases.
By the way, Paramount will continue to release over-the-counter versions of this series, but the Paramount discs will continue to feature 4 episodes per disc, at least through the end of Season One. After that, Paramount will release each season's shows in box sets.
Salute to Roz
A recording of Ron Paul's March 1 salute to the late Roz Borden is now available for listening on this web site. To hear the program (which runs approximately 45 minutes) you will need Real Player on your computer. The recording can be accessed here at:
Salute to Rozor in our Media Center. Enjoy!
Lucy: The Wonder Show
Last, but certainly not least, we wanted to mention that CD recordings of Jack Haley's 1938-39 radio series, The Wonder Show are now available at $7 each (2 half-hour programs per disc), plus shipping & handling. As we mentioned here a couple of weeks ago, Lucy and Gale Gordon were both regulars on this comedy series -- it was most probably Lucy and Gale's first work together.
To our knowledge, recordings of this series are not readily available from any other source, and are being provided here as a service to Lucyfans who have wondered (no pun intended) what Lucy's performances on this program were like. For complete information on the show, the stars, and how to order the discs, click on:
Lucy: "The Wonder Show"
Have a great week!
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