13 items from 2015
Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Gloria Estefan and more will appear in The Latin Explosion: A New America, a new HBO documentary exploring and celebrating the historical and cultural impact of Latino music and musicians in the United States.
Narrated by John Leguizamo, The Latin Explosion charts the history of Latin music in the United States as well as the greater cultural, political and economic impact of artists like Desi Arnaz in the Fifties, Carlos Santana in the Sixties, Emilio and Gloria Estefan in the Eighties, and Shakira, Lopez, Ricky Martin, »
In 1950 Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz formed Desilu Prods., and the huge success of “I Love Lucy” turned Desilu into a powerhouse that created many more TV series and owned two studio lots. Many successful years later, Variety ran a story on Aug 17, 1966, saying Desilu had firmed a lucrative deal with CBS for a fifth season of “The Lucy Show” and was debuting two one-hour series in the fall: “Star Trek” on NBC and “Mission: Impossible” on CBS.
That’s a pretty good slate for one year.
The series “Mission: Impossible,” under creator-producer-writer Bruce Geller, ran from 1966-73, but it was much slower to transfer to the bigscreen than its stablemate (the first “Star Trek” movie debuted in 1979). The film “Mission: Impossible,” which marked Cruise’s producing debut, »
- Tim Gray
Paula Deen has sacked her social media manager blaming them for a 2011 photo that was reposted on Twitter.Deen, 68, shared a picture of herself dressed as Lucille Ball, next to her son Bobby who is dressed as Desi Arnaz, Ricky, from the old TV series, “I Love Lucy.”“Lucyyyyyyy! You got a lot of esplainin’ to do!” the since-deleted tweet read, along with the hashtag “#TransformationTuesday.” Twitter immediately lost its collective mind.Lesson Unlearned? Celebrity Chef Paula Deen In Hot Water For Posting Photo Of Son In Brownface http://t.co/LFv2XCG4MM— blackplanet (@blackplanet) July 7, 2015Paula Deen is blaming her latest racial scandal […] »
- April Neale
Paula Deen is back in hot water after her latest tweet. Early Tuesday morning, the former Food Network star posted (and subsequently deleted) and 2011 image showing her dressed up as Lucille Ball's character from I Love Lucy alongside her son, Bobby Deen, who is in costume as Desi Arnaz's role of Ricky Ricardo. And while Paula is wearing a red wig to emulate Lucy's signature flaming hair, her son is shown with brown face paint to depict the Cuban-American actor. Shortly after posting the image, many commented on Paula's page that the tweet was insensitive and racist, at best. Her rep explained this morning's tweet to E! News, saying, "Paula Deen's Social Media Manager »
Paula Deen is at the center of another racism controversy after she posted a photo on Twitter on Tuesday of herself dressed as Lucille Ball from "I Love Lucy," with her son Bobby Deen in "brownface" as Desi Arnaz's character Ricky Ricardo. She captioned the photo of them in a kitchen, "Lucyyyyyyy! You got a lot of esplainin’ to do! #TransformationTuesday." See the controversial photo here! »
- Andrew Shuster
This story originally ran in the Comedy/Drama Series issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine. From Desi Arnaz and Ozzie Nelson to Louis C.K. and Lena Dunham, there’s a long history in televised comedy of actors who double as showrunners. And that means there’s also a long history of exhausted actor/showrunners. “It’s fascinating, terrifying and exhilarating in equal parts,” said Will Forte, who plays the title character on the Fox sitcom “Last Man on Earth,” and also created the show with Phil Lord and Chris Miller. “Even though I used to be a sitcom writer, I »
- Steve Pond
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 →
The post I Love Lucy Superstar Special on CBS Sunday with back to back classic episodes appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- 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
13 items from 2015
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