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Exclusive Podcast: Go 'Behind the Curtain' with the Legendary Lucie Arnaz

One of the industry's most beloved artists, Lucie Arnaz, swings by Shetler Studios to talk to Rob and Kevin about her fifty plus year stage career. From her roots on CBS' Here's Lucy, starring her mother Lucille Ball, to her celebrated concert career, Lucie has been entertaining audiences in such shows as Seesaw, My One and Only, Lost in Yonkers, Social Security, Once Upon a Mattress, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, I Do I Do and, the musical for which she received her Tony Award nomination, They're Playing Our Song
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Here's Lucy, The Nanny: Cozi TV Celebrates Comedy Center Grand Opening

Are you a fan of classic comedies? Recently, Cozi TV announced they are airing an eight-hour marathon of Here's Lucy and The Nanny this Sunday, August 5th.

The "Lucy Nanny" marathon celebrates the grand opening of The National Comedy Center in Lucille Ball's hometown of Jamestown, New York. The I Love Lucy star produced and starred in Here's Lucy on CBS from 1968 to 1974.

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Cate Blanchett Is Lucille Ball in Amazon Biopic Lucy and Desi

Cate Blanchett Is Lucille Ball in Amazon Biopic Lucy and Desi
It was recently announced that Amazon had acquired the rights to Lucy and Desi, the Aaron Sorkin scripted drama biopic and now it has also been revealed that Academy Award winning actress Cate Blanchett is set to portray Lucille Ball in the project. The biopic is being produced by Ball and Desi Arnaz's children and will center on their iconic mother, Lucille Ball. It has not been announced who will play Desi Arnaz yet, but Javier Barden's name has reportedly come up more than once.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Cate Blanchett will star as Ball and that the story will revolve around the actress who starred in the TV sitcoms I love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, and Life with Lucy. The Lucy and Desi biopic was announced back in 2015 with the idea to tell the story of Ball and Arnaz's 20 year marriage
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Mike Connors Dies: Mannix Star Was 91

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Mike Connors passed away today of leukemia at a hospital in Tarzana, CA. He was 91.

Connors is best known for his role as Joe Mannix on the CBS series Mannix that ran from 1967-1975.

He was good guy, a private detective who could take a punch like none other. 

Kreker J. Ohanian was born in Fresno, California in 1925. Of Armenian descent, the actor was told to change his name because it sounded too much like George O'Hanlon.

Connors began his film and television career in 1952 under the name Touch (a nickname he earned in college) Connors. 

Early on in the 1950s, he had a bevy of small roles in westerns such as Gun Smoke, Have Gun, Will Travel and Maverick

In 1959, Connors got his first series regular role in Tightrope.

Tightrope was originally going to be called Undercover Man, and that makes sense. Connor's character was an undercover agent who
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2-Time Oscar Winner Blanchett to Play 4-Time Emmy Winner Ball: Good Idea?

Lucille Ball: The glamour look. Cate Blanchett to play Lucille Ball: Actress won Oscar for incarnating Ball's fellow Rko contract player Katharine Hepburn Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is reportedly slated to star in a biopic of former Rko and MGM actress and big-time television comedienne Lucille Ball. Aaron Sorkin, Oscar winner for David Fincher's The Social Network, will be responsible for the screenplay. According to Entertainment Weekly, the Lucille Ball film biopic will focus on Ball's two-decade marriage to her I Love Lucy costar Desi Arnaz. In 1960, the couple had an acrimonious divorce that supposedly “shocked” clueless fans unable to tell the difference between TV reality and real-life reality. Their children, Desi Arnaz Jr. and Lucie Arnaz, had modest acting careers in film and on TV in the '70s and '80s. As per the report, they're both producing the planned Lucille Ball biopic.
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Cate Blanchett is playing I Love Lucy's Lucille Ball in a biopic and Aaron Sorkin is writing it

Lucille Ball is set for a major biopic, with Cate Blanchett starring as the legendary actress and Aaron Sorkin lined up to write the script.

The movie, which is being produced by Ball's two children Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr, will follow the star's career and 20-year marriage to I Love Lucy co-star Desi Arnaz.

The Wrap was first to report this story.

The story of Lucille Ball has been attempted before with two TV movies: 2003's Lucy and 1991's Lucy & Desi.

As well as famed sitcom I Love Lucy, Ball also starred in The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy and Life with Lucy.

The actress began her career in the late-1920s. She passed away of an abdominal aortic dissection in 1989 at the age of 77.
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Review: 'The Comedians' With Billy Crystal and Josh Gad is Much, Much More than Meta Comedy

Review: 'The Comedians' With Billy Crystal and Josh Gad is Much, Much More than Meta Comedy
Read More: 2015 Emmy Predictions: Best Comedy Series Ever since Lucille Ball thrust her first name into iconic status on "I Love Lucy" (and later basically had it trademarked via "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour," "The Lucy Show," "Here's Lucy" and "Life With Lucy"), actors have used their public image to earn laughs on TV. Sometimes they create a whole new persona to go along with the character they play (who just so happens to share their name). Other times they glean jokes from real-life events, using the audience's knowledge of their actual actions to poke fun at themselves "in character." The concept is even older than that of the mockumentary, a parody of documentaries made popular in the '80s in films like "This Is Spinal Tap," "Zelig" and, later, "Man Bites Dog."  Both genres have gone through a revitalization period during the so-called golden age of television. Mockumentaries were...
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How 'Mad Men' marked the end of one revolution and the start of another

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How 'Mad Men' marked the end of one revolution and the start of another
There are the 1960s, and then there is "the Sixties," and they only overlap to a degree. Popular culture and popular history have turned the Sixties in America into a dreamscape of mop-topped British invaders, painted hippies, an escalating war in Vietnam, a moon landing, and massive social unrest. But before the rise of the flower children, there were men in suits and short haircuts, women in conservative dresses, and chaste movie musicals dominating at the box office. And it's not like the counterculture obliterated the culture that had already existed. The psychedelic-inflected comedy of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" was the highest rated show of the 1968-69 season, but the top 10 also included "Gomer Pyle," "Bonanza," "Mayberry Rfd," "Family Affair," "Gunsmoke," "The Dean Martin Show," "Here's Lucy" and "The Beverly Hillbillies." In 1969, the same year that The Beatles released "Abbey Road" and The Rolling Stones presented "Let It Bleed," aging Rat Pack
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Jessica Lange's Ahs 'Life on Mars' Cover is... So Weird

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Jessica Lange's Ahs 'Life on Mars' Cover is... So Weird
The first episode of "American Horror Story: Freak Show" gave us a number of strange curiosities, including a killer clown, a pair of Siamese twins played by Sarah Paulson, and even a bearded Kathy Bates throwing down a Baltimore accent. The greatest spectacle of all, however, was a German-accented Jessica Lange singing a cabaret version of David Bowie's "Life on Mars." Experience the glum performance below: She's definitely going for a Marlene Dietrich vibe, given the curls and accent. But the two-time Oscar-winning Lange actually reminds me more of the following: 1) Late-stage "Here's Lucy" Lucille Ball 2) The flawless Nanette Fabray 3) And of course, Madonna in the "Me Against the Music" video. Imagine Jessica Lange deadpanning, "Hey, Britney." You die.
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Emmys flashback: Everyone loved Lucy

Emmys flashback: Everyone loved Lucy
Almost a quarter century after her death in 1989, Lucille Ball is still a ratings winner for CBS. Last Friday, the Tiffany net aired two colorized episodes of "I Love Lucy" -- the special 1956 Christmas clip show and the classic grape-stomping installment from earlier that season -- and drew almost nine million viewers.  Like everyone else, we love Lucy and have been talking about her a lot this year as Julia Louis-Dreyfus just bested her Emmy record, reaping a 14th nomination in the comedy categories. She went on to win Best Comedy Actress for the second year running for "Veep," bringing her Emmy haul to four (with wins in 1996 for "Seinfeld" and 2006 for "The New Adventures of Old Christine").  That ties Louis-Dreyfus with Ball, who claimed two apiece for "I Love Lucy" and "The Lucy Show." While Ball was never nominated during the six seasons of "Here's Lucy" or for her subsequent tele.
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Andy Griffith 1926-2012

The world has lost another screen legend this week as Andy Griffith reportedly passed away at his Dare County home earlier today. The man was known to two different generations for separate iconic roles, one throughout the '60s as Sheriff Andy Taylor on his own sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, and then later as the star of Matlock in the late '80s and early '90s. He also had several noteworthy film roles over the years, including the one that launched his career, Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd. Griffith was 86 years old. The news comes courtesy of University of North Carolina President Bill Friday, who was a close friend of the actor. It was later confirmed that emergency medical crews responded to Griffith's home this morning. He had undergone quadruple heart-bypass surgery back in 2000 and had struggled with partial paralysis due to Guillain–Barré syndrome in the early '80s.
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'I Love Lucy' Actress Dies At 92

'I Love Lucy' Actress Dies At 92
Los Angeles — Actress Doris Singleton, who played one of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo's lesser-known neighbors on "I Love Lucy," has died. She was 92.

Lucie Arnaz, daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, confirmed the death in a post on her Facebook page. Singleton died Tuesday, the same day as writer-director Nora Ephron, and Arnaz acknowledged them both in her post, writing, "They were loved and appreciated and will be missed."

Singleton's death also was reported by Variety and the Hollywood Reporter.

Her character, first called Lillian Appleby and then Caroline Appleby, appeared in 10 episodes. She was Lucy's neighbor, the wife of a radio station owner.

"She was sort of Lucy's nemesis" because both had young sons, Singleton said in a 2005 interview for the Archive of American Television of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. "There was a rivalry there but she had to be nice, Lucy had to be nice to Caroline,
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Actor Bruns Dies

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Actor Bruns Dies
American actor Philip Bruns has died at the age of 80.

The TV star, who played Jerry Seinfeld's dad in the first season of Seinfeld, passed away of natural causes on 8 February in Los Angeles.

Bruns broke into acting in an episode of The Robert Herridge Theater, before going on to star on the small screen in a number of shows, including Car 54 Where Are You?, Route 66 and Here's Lucy.

He rose to further prominence playing the father of the title character in 1970s series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, also guest starring on Kojak, The Six Million Dollar Man and Mr. Belvedere.

Bruns also enjoyed roles in films including The Stuntman, The Out of Towners, and Flashdance.

Philip Bruns, Seinfeld's Original TV Dad and Acting Veteran, Dies

Philip Bruns, the veteran character actor whose main claim to fame was originating the role of Jerry Seinfeld's dad in the first season of Seinfeld, has passed away. He was 80. According to Playbill, Bruns died of natural causes on Wednesday in Los Angeles. During his five-decade career, the actor was a television mainstay. After making his tube debut on an episode of The Robert Herridge Theater, Bruns appeared in such classic series as Car 54 Where Are You? and Jackie Gleason's variety show, Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine, in addition to roles in Route 66 and Here's Lucy. In the 1970s and 1980s he seemed to be everywhere. Bruns played the father of the title...
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I Love Lucy: The Artist Who's Drawn Lucy Hundreds of Times

Just picturing Lucille Ball is enough to bring a smile to most people's faces. After all, the beloved comedienne made us laugh in five TV shows -- I Love Lucy, The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, and Life with Lucy -- as well as through dozens of TV specials, radio episodes, and more than 75 movies.

While Ball devoted much of her life to the art of performing, artist Henry Lmrr most appreciates Ball as the subject for his art. He's drawn Ball literally hundreds of times, filling sketch books and inscribing her likeness on everything from canvas to scrap notebook paper, an eraser, and even a bottlecap. He confesses that he just can't enough of her immortal features.

Lmrr began drawing Ball at the age of 10 after he saw "The Anniversary Present" episode from the second season
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Happy 100th Birthday To ‘I Love Lucy’ Star Lucille Ball

"Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a redhead." -- Lucille Ball

On August 6, 1911, Lucille Désirée Ball was born, and so was a star.

She would get into modeling at first and then eventually show business in 1933, and she would do plenty of uncredited work before moving into more substantial roles. But it wasn't until 1951 when she and then husband of 11 years, Desi Arnaz, came into homes everywhere on I Love Lucy. The show would span six years and 181 episodes, and remains popular to this very day.

Lucy would eventually move on to other ventures—The Lucy Show (156 episodes); Here's Lucy (143 episodes)—but none would have the lasting effect that I Love Lucy had and will continue to have on generations to come. Even in black and white, you could almost see that iconic fiery red hair bursting through your television screen. [...]
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Cryer Stunned By Sheen Meltdown

Cryer Stunned By Sheen Meltdown
Jon Cryer had no idea his former Two And A Half Men co-star Charlie Sheen was heading for a major meltdown, insisting "nobody was prepared" for such headline-grabbing behaviour.

Sheen was fired from the hit sitcom in March following months of wild antics, a health emergency, rehab and his bitter media blitz.

Cryer admits he was caught off-guard by the sudden onslaught of Sheen's personal and professional problems because he didn't see any warning signs.

He tells U.S. talk show host David Letterman, "We didn't see where it was going. This has never happened before. Honestly, it wasn't like, back in 1963 everybody remembers when Fred MacMurray went bats**t and started talking about Freemason ninjas and stuff. He was crazy! And Vivian Vance started urinating on the set of Here's Lucy. You remember that? That was great fun! Nobody was prepared for this. I did not see it coming. Nobody saw it coming...

"None of us wanted to continue with the show if we felt it was hurting him, and there was a point when everyone felt like... there was no control here... When (the show was temporarily) shut down, it was the end of the world for some people. There are a lot of fans of the show... and when we shut down, it hit people hard."

But Cryer is adamant he wants Sheen to put his problems behind him and "get healthy", adding, "I want him to stay sober, I want him to be reunited with his family: That would be the best thing."

Ashton Kutcher has since been hired to replace Sheen on Two and a Half Men.

Jon Cryer Says No One Saw the Charlie Sheen Implosion Coming (Video)

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Jon Cryer Says No One Saw the Charlie Sheen Implosion Coming (Video)
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With Charlie Sheen's very public meltdown happening during the filming of the latest season of 'Two and a Half Men,' David Letterman was curious if co-star Jon Cryer or anyone else on the show saw any of this coming. On 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35Pm Et on CBS), Cryer said nobody did.

"This has never happened before," Cryer said. There was no template for a star going what appeared to be crazy while starring in a popular show before.

"It wasn't like, 'Back in 1963 everybody remembers when Fred MacMurray went bats*** and started talking about freemason ninjas and stuff. He was crazy! And Vivian Vance started urinating on the set of 'Here's Lucy.''"


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Madelyn Pugh obituary

Television writer behind the enduring sitcom I Love Lucy

Madelyn Pugh, who has died aged 90, carved out a place for herself in television history when she co-created, with Bob Carroll Jr, I Love Lucy, which began the comedy actor Lucille Ball's long-running small-screen career – and is widely regarded as the most successful programme of all time, still screened worldwide. Pugh and Carroll began as a writing partnership at CBS radio, where they scripted Ball's sitcom My Favorite Husband (1948-51). They also created a vaudeville act for the star to perform on stage with her new husband, the Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz.

The slapstick and the "kookie" Lucy character from that act formed the basis of the subsequent television series (1951-57), which Pugh and Carroll devised with Jess Oppenheimer, the head writer and producer, who also transferred from the radio show. Ball played the stagestruck New York housewife Lucy Ricardo,
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Here's Lucy: (Somewhat) Happy Outcome for Gary Morton / Lucille Ball Auction

Some of Lucille Ball's love letters, awards, photos, and a Rolls Royce were set to be auctioned off on Saturday. Heritage Auction Galleries was selling the items on behalf of Susie McCallister Morton, the widow of Gary Morton. He was Ball's second husband and an executive producer on Here's Lucy and Life with Lucy. Susie Morton married him after the death of Ball in 1989. They were married for three years. Gary Morton died in 1999 and his belongings went to his widow as part of his estate.

Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, the daughter of Ball and her first husband Desi Arnaz, sought to obtain the Morton/Ball love letters and Ball's lifetime achievement awards after Susie Morton put them up for sale. Luckinbill said that she wanted to donate them to a museum.

Some of the items were reportedly left to Luckinbill after her
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