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I Love Lucy: Lucy Does the Tango

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 23rd 2008 10:31AM
standout episodes(S06E20) Funny is funny and it never goes out of style. That's really true when you consider the enduring hilarity found in the black and white treasure known as I Love Lucy. In honor of Easter, I offer for your enjoyment memories of one of the most brilliant episodes from a series brimming with classics. The episode is Lucy Does the Tango, and it's all about eggs. Lucille Ball and three dozen eggs to be exact.

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Pioneers of Television - DVD review

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 29th 2008 8:06AM
Pioneers of TelevisionPioneers of Television (in stores today) is a pretty big title for a documentary series, especially one that lasts only four episodes. You wonder, what are they going to mention and what are they going to leave out? This PBS show isn't the most comprehensive look I've seen on each of its subjects, but for one miniseries in one package, it's actually well put together, and you're going to see some TV footage, photos, and interviews I bet you've never seen before.

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TV Land, Entertainment Weekly pick the top 50 TV icons

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 13th 2007 2:23PM

Marcia CrossI have to agree with Whitney over at Pop Candy when she says she's confused that Marcia Cross made the list of TV Land/Entertainment Weekly's "Top 50 TV Icons" list. I mean, seriously, Marcia Cross?! Imagine all of the people left off the list that could have gone in that spot. Maybe if Cross had found a cure for cancer she could go on the list. Then again, she'd be on a "Top 50 Scientists" list, not a TV icons one.

Anyway, she's on the list. The full list actually goes up to 100 (Cross is last, but that still doesn't explain anything), and she's not the only head-scratcher.

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I Love Lucy fans ticked off at Tampa Bay Devil Rays

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 12th 2007 12:43PM

I Love Lucy fansI think it's a safe bet that's a headline I never thought I'd write and will never write again.

Two Tampa Bay Devil Rays fans are angry at the team for a contest held at the baseball stadium on June 23. The contest was to dress as '50s icons, and Bob Phibbs and Christine Sullivan went all out and dressed like Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, even down to the detailed costumes from an episode and bongo drums. They didn't win, however. The judges gave the prize to a woman and a kid who dressed in standard period wear. And this is why the couple is angry. They say the winners didn't follow the rules of dressing like an icon, and that they should either be disqualified or, at the very least, Phibbs and Sullivan should be given first prize too (they came in third - the first prize is a trip to NYC and tickets to a Yankees game and a Broadway show).

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What's On Tonight: 60 Minutes, Memorial Day Concert, Iron Chef America

by Bob Sassone, posted May 27th 2007 5:02PM
  • EmerilFOX has the Coca-Cola 600 Nextel Cup race all night (starts at 5).
  • At 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at NBC.
  • At 8, PBS has the National Memorial Day Concert.
  • Food Network has a new Emeril Live at 8, followed by a new Iron Chef America and the All-Star Grill Fest: South Beach special.
  • Also at 8: TCM has Houseboat, with Cary Grant and Sophia Loren, followed by Yours, Mine & Ours, with Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda.
  • At 8:30, TNT has the Pistons/Cavaliers NBA playoffs game.
  • At 9, HBO has the new movie Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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I Love Lucy cast death certificates and wills on eBay

by Bob Sassone, posted May 13th 2007 2:44PM

I Love LucyLooking for that special last minute Mother's Day gift? Nothing says Mother's Day like the death certificates of your favorite TV star!

Someone is selling the death certificates and wills of Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley on ebay. These aren't just one page descriptions of the date and manner of death, they are the actual detailed wills that they wrote before they died. Lucy didn't want to be embalmed and wanted to make sure her brother Fred and his wife didn't get anything. Desi made sure his mom was cared for. Vance left most of her estate to her much younger husband, and Frawley's will has a lot of bills and notes from creditors attached. It's probably interesting reading, but creepy.

For more background on the stars, here are the Wikipedia pages for Ball, Arnaz, Vance, and Frawley. Vance and Frawley hated each other.

[via TMZ.com]

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Who wants to make Oprah's Turkey Potpie?

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 20th 2007 10:01AM

Paul LyndeDo you like TV shows and movies? Do you like to eat? Well, I've got a site for you, but fair warning: it will consume all of your time today.

It's Frank DeCaro's site. He's not on The Daily Show anymore, but he's got quite a site, including this section where you can find a massive list of recipes from celebs! You can try Bitter and Booze from The Dick Van Dyke Show's Richard Deacon, which mixes semi-sweet chocolate chips, whipped cream and brandy (your teeth will ache but you'll be too drunk to care). Or how about Wheel of Fortune star Vanna White's Layered Pea Salad? Martha Stewart loves Bourbon Balls (and check out the pics in her section too). Jim Nabors makes a mean Alabama Chili, and the original Bionic Woman Lindsay Wagner's contribution is a Tabbouleh Salad. Then there's the aforementioned Turkey Potpie recipe from Oprah.

There's a ton more too, and you can search by name or type of food.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 12th 2007 7:20PM

Bosom BuddiesNew TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • Bosom Buddies - Season 1
  • Cool McCool - Complete Series
  • Loonatics Unleased - Season 1
  • The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour - Seasons 7, 8, and 9
  • Match Game 73 - Dumb Dora Set
  • The Pretender - Movies
  • Robin of Sherwood - Seasons 1 and 2
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Season 4
  • Without A Trace - Season 2

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I Love Lucy writer Bob Carroll Jr. dead at 87

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 30th 2007 8:10AM

Bob Carroll Jr. and writing partner Madelyn Pugh Davis (that's them in the pic, with Jess Oppenheimer in the middle) were writing for Steve Allen's radio in the 1940s when they decided to take a week off. Not for a vacation, but to write a script for Lucille Ball, who was looking for writers for her radio show My Favorite Husband. They got the job, and went on to write on all of Ball's TV shows, including I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, Here's Lucy, and Life With Lucy, Ball's last TV show in 1986. Caroll also wrote for The Mothers-In-Law, The Paul Lynde Show, Dorothy, and Alice, which he also co-produced. He wrote the 1968 movie Yours, Mine and Ours (yup, Lucy again), which was remade a couple of years ago with Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo.

Carroll died of natural causes in Los Angeles on Saturday. (Pugh Davis lives in California. She released a book with Carroll in 2005 titled Laughing With Lucy.)

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