Posts Tagged ‘Lucille Ball’

The Shows That Changed Television

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

RemingtonTelevision’s progress as a creative medium began, arguably, with I Love Lucy, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.  When the television series about a ditzy redhead married to a Cuban bandleader premiered on CBS in 1951, it introduced the three-camera format with different sets on a soundstage.

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1986

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

RemingtonIn the 1986 song Modern Woman, Billy Joel asks, “And after 1986, what else could be new?”

Nothing, considering the return of two television legends whose personas were extraordinarily familiar.

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Lucy Meets the Duke

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

RemingtonWhen I Love Lucy utilized Hollywood as its setting, movie stars provided verisimilitude.  Lucy Ricardo, starstruck, attempted to meet them, often with hilarious results.  Guest stars included William Holden, Van Johnson, Richard Widmark, and Harpo Marx.  But Lucy’s encounter with John Wayne presents, arguably, the first instance of cross-marketing on television.

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Bacon Popularity Sizzles

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

“Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” is a game that can be played anytime and anywhere by anybody.  It is, indeed, light enjoyment perfect for holiday conversation around the dinner table during dessert.  The game’s purpose is to connect an actor or an actress to Kevin Bacon in six steps or less, using movies as the connectors.

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Nancy Sinatra, Jack Benny, and the Mod Generation

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Jack Benny was an icon of 20th century comedy.  With an eponymous radio show and television show, he dominated comedy from the 1930s through the 1970s.

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What’s In Your Company’s Copyright Vault?

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Barbara Bain was a member of the original cast of Mission: Impossible, the prime time show that featured a group of clandestine heroes traveling the globe to thwart, capture, and/or kill evildoers.  Mission: Impossible capitalized on the 1960s spy trend led by the popularity of James Bond movies.

Produced by Paramount, owned by Lucille Ball’s Desilu Productions company, and broadcast by CBS, Mission: Impossible aired on prime time from 1966-73.

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