August 05, 2011

Lucille Ball Centennial Celebration on TV

TO MARK HER CENTENNIAL Saturday, Lucille Ball, the Queen of Comedy is being honored with TV marathons and a new comic book.

Hallmark Channel: It will air 102 episodes of "I Love Lucy" from 5 a.m. Saturday through 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8.

Turner Classic Movies: Lucy's big-screen career is showcased with a 24-hour block of 14 of her movies starting Saturday at 3 a.m. Highlights include "The Long, Long Trailer," her 1954 romp with hubby Desi Arnaz at 11:30 a.m., and "The Big Street" (1942) at 6:45 p.m., in which Lucy displays her dramatic chops as a callous nightclub singer confined to a wheelchair.

Comic book: In September, Bluewater Productions will release a 32-page commemorative comic book to sell for $3.99 celebrating Lucy's life and career, her contributions to society and her influence on the American public.

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