Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, September 22, 2003

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,

Emmy Angst

Our congratulations to the winners of last night's Emmy Awards. We were particularly delighted to see Bill Cosby win the coveted Bob Hope Humanitarian Award. Cosby's shows -- like Hope's and Lucy's -- have always been based on "poking fun at the human condition." They are never crass or mean-spirited. Moreover, the man himself has always been such a gentleman... I remember when Lucy returned to television with Life with Lucy in 1986, Cosby -- then the star of TV's highest-rated comedy series -- sent her a telegram that read (and I paraphrase), "Welcome back... I've just been trying to keep the place clean for you."

On the other hand, the rather feeble attempts at comedy by last night's team of "co-hosts" left me cold. I thought it was particularly telling when "in your face" jive-talking comedienne Wanda Sykes was trying to be loud-and-sassy with the celebrities in the audience. Standing in an aisle next to a seated Cosby, she mentioned how some comedies are improvised, and, turning to Cosby, said " but The Cosby Show was all scripted?" "Yes," he said, "we spoke English." But the lady was so into her meaningless banter that she missed the put-down entirely. What a night...

Here's Lucy Goes DVD

Lucille Ball's third television series, Here's Lucy is not only celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year -- it is about to make its debut on DVD. Yes, a three-or-four disc boxed set, "The Best of Here's Lucy" is now in preparation, and will be released during 1st Quarter, 2004.

The series, of course, starred Lucy with her two real-life children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr., with ample assist from Gale Gordon. The show ran for six seasons (144 episodes), 1968-1974.

Among the classic shows that will be included in the set is "Lucy Meets the Burtons," in which the wacky redhead cavorts with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Also to be included in the set are "bloopers and out-takes" from some of the shows. We will keep you updated as to when the set will be officially released.


Have a great week, everybody!


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