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(1968–1974)

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The series dropped out of the top 10 Nielsen ratings in its fifth season. This was the first time that a series starring Lucille Ball was not in the top 10. Because of this, Ball wanted to end the series, and a final episode was filmed. But CBS convinced Ball to return for one more season.
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The number one television show on CBS during the 1970 to 1971 season.
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Lucille Ball broke her leg shortly before the fifth season began. People worried the show would have to end, but the show continued with Lucy in a leg cast for part of the season.
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The show came about because of a business transaction. In 1968, The Lucy Show (1962) had been running for six seasons, and the ratings remained solid. Lucille Ball sold the Desilu studio that year. So, in order to retain ownership of her series, she ceased production on The Lucy Show (1962), and created this show. The new series had a slightly different plot, and new character names (plus roles for Lucy's kids), but continued with the same cast and timeslot.
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The season four finale, "Kim Finally Cuts You-Know-Who's Apron Strings", was a pilot for a spin-off, starring Lucie Arnaz, which never sold.
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Originally, Doris Singleton, who played the recurring character of Caroline (originally Lillian) Appleby on I Love Lucy (1951) was supposed to co-star on this show. Her character was supposed to be Harry's efficient morning secretary, opposed to Lucy, his scatterbrained afternoon secretary. Her character was dropped after the first episode, because it was decided to show more of Lucy's family life with the kids, than her job.
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Desi Arnaz, Jr. appeared on The Brady Bunch (1969) as the object of Marcia's crush in season one, episode twenty-two, "The Possible Dream" when he was starring on this show.
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One of the strangest episodes was when Lucy Carter meets her real-life alter ego, Lucille Ball. This being the 1970s, they did a split screen, one side had Lucille Ball with her trademark red hair (Lucy Carter), the other side had Lucy glammed up, and wearing a black wig (Lucille Ball).
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The first season episodes were co-produced by Paramount Television.
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Desi Arnaz, Jr. decided to leave the show after the third season to pursue a movie career. However, after his departure, he made one more appearance in season five, episode five, "Lucy and Joe Namath".
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According to the Lucille Ball Biography "Ball of FIre" in 1973 when Here's Lucy dropped out of the ratings top 30; and in fact Lucy dropped out of the top 10 since she started doing I Love Lucy back in 1951; a CBS executive visited her at her home and started making suggestions for making Lucy's show hipper; more like other hits on the air at the time like "Maude", or "The Mary Tyler Moore Show". Lucy then called Bill Paley; the CEO and Chairman of the Board at CBS at the time, and said "Bill, will you get this guy out of here?" Paley complied and the CBS executive left. But Lucy should have listened, the show was cancelled in 1974 shortly after that meeting.
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Rowin and Martin's Laugh-in; which were in competition with "The Lucy Show" and "Here's Lucy" would make fun of their competition frequently by having the cast say goodnight and goodbye to Lucy at the end of the show. "Good Bye Lucy" they would say and salute. Lucy responded on a talk show: "Do they think that's funny?"
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Bette Middler met Lucy during this period and has said in interviews that "Lucy towered over her." This is interesting because Lucy was only 5'7"; maybe 5'8 or 5'9 with heels. But then Bette is 5'1.
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Lucy was born in 1911; which means she was 57 when this show started; and well into her sixties when it ended.
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