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Zeb Larson reviews The Fade Out #6…
Brubaker and Phillips’ best-selling series ever just keeps hitting! Charlie and his blacklisted friend Gil hunt Hollywood’s back alleys for answers to Valeria Sommer’s murder and cover-up, but the one man who might know something, ex-child star “Flapjack” Jones, has gone into hiding…unless he’s dead in a ditch by the side of the road.
A few different plot points which have been smoldering finally burst into flame in this issue. Gil is hellbent on getting somebody to pay for Valeria’s death, while Charlie can’t seem to get his thoughts away from Maya. Both of them are going to make decisions with long-term consequences. I will be discussing spoilers in this review, so do not read if you haven’t read the issue.
Charlie has been tasked with escorting Maya Silver to a movie premiere after Tyler Grave’s car accident. »
- Zeb Larson
On Sunday, May 17, at 8pm Et/Pt, CBS airs the I Love Lucy Superstar Special, a new one-hour special featuring two back-to-back colorized classic episodes of the 1950s series I Love Lucy. In 1955’s “L.A. at Last!” the Ricardos and Mertzes arrive in Hollywood, where Ricky (Desi Arnaz) is appearing in a new film and Lucy (Lucille Ball) gets starstruck. William Holden guest-stars. Then in 1957’s “Lucy and Superman,” Lucy promises that Superman will appear at her son’s birthday party, but things don’t go quite as planned. George Reeves guest-stars. Photo: ©2015 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved ©2015 CBS Broadcasting … Continue reading →
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- Ryan Berenz
This Sunday's "I Love Lucy Superstar Special" on CBS may just be an elaborate repackaging of two 60-year-old black-and-white sitcom episodes, now meticulously colorized and shown back-to-back without a pause. But anything Lucy-related remains a gold mine for CBS, even six decades later, and the May 17 special will probably not be an exception.
The two "I Love Lucy" episodes show a couple of Lucy Ricardo's (Lucille Ball) typically frustrating brushes with fame. In "L.A. at Last!", Lucy's bandleader husband Ricky (Desi Arnaz) is cast in a movie, which means a Hollywood road trip for the Ricardos and their friends Ethel and Fred Mertz (Vivian Vance and William Frawley). Lucy and Ricky each make the acquaintance of movie icon William Holden, playing himself, and gamely taking a pie in the face. (The colorized version CBS is airing contains footage not seen on TV since the episode first aired 60 years ago. »
- Gary Susman
In a move that may both thrill and horrify classic TV fans, CBS announced today it will air two more colorized episodes of I Love Lucy in a one-hour special in May. The network said the episodes will retain “a vintage look” and contain material not seen since the programs originally aired in the 1950s.
The episodes chosen for resurrection are 1955’s “L.A. at Last,” in which Lucy makes a bad impression on William Holden when the Ricardos and Mertzes visit the Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood, and 1957’s “Lucy and Superman,” which centers around Lucy trying to make good on her promise to bring Adventures of Superman star George Reeves to Little Ricky’s birthday party.
In 2013, CBS packaged two colorized I Love Lucy episodes in a Christmas special. Conceived as cheap holiday fare to fill a hole in its December schedule, The I Love Lucy Christmas Special ended up winning the night. »
- A.R. Wilson
In an effort to draw in viewers hankering for nostalgia, CBS will broadcast two colorized versions of “I Love Lucy” starting at 8 p.m. on May 17.
“Lucy and Superman” follows the trials of scheduling kids’ birthday parties. It first aired in 1957 and features George Reeves, star of TV show “Adventures of Superman.” William Holden guest stars in “L.A. at Last!,” which has Lucy and Ricky finally landing in Los Angeles because Ricky is appearing in a new motion picture. The special will also show additional material that has not been broadcast since the episode first aired in 1955.
- Seth Kelley
Should we feel bad for Eddie Huang? The restaurateur whose memoir about his childhood inspired the current ABC sitcom "Fresh Off the Boat" went on a multi-post Twitter rant after this week's episode, complaining that, since the pilot, the show has drifted far from the reality of his own experience, to the point where "it got so far from the truth that I don't recognize my own life."
That's certainly unfortunate, even for a guy who received a tidy sum for the TV rights to his autobiography. No one wants to see his or her experience distorted and broadcast to millions. Then again, what did he expect? It's a network sitcom. It's generally going to avoid any bleak reality that can't be resolved in 22 minutes.
This sort of biographical distortion has been an issue for sitcoms since the dawn of television, since the format simply doesn't lend itself easily to »
- Gary Susman
Sometimes the best way to sort out your opinions about the Oscars is to enjoy a Desi Arnaz-sized drunken stupor and yell a lot about the year's nominees. That's what happened this year when I joined YouTube maven Rj Aguiar, YouTube bad-ass Miles Jai, and actual actor Allison Lane to hash out this year's nominees in "Drunk Oscar Picks." Damn. I get loud and I'm sorry. But I will not apologize for choosing Edward Norton over Jk Simmons. »
- Richard Rushfield
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