April 20, 2009

The Lucy Show - The Official First Season DVD

It's coming - The Lucy Show on DVD! Finally after years of waiting, CBS DVD made the formal announcement of the release of "The Lucy Show - The Official First Season". Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, the DVD will be in stores on July 21st!

The first season DVD will contain all 30 episodes from the first season which has been remastered from the original film negatives. It will also include a new interview by Lucie Arnaz (Lucille Ball's daughter) and rare commercial footage from the show! Also CBS will include a special message to Lucy fans on the extraordinary demand for this show in the form of animated characters of Lucille and Vivian.

The first season is presented in full screen black&white as it was originally shown. The show did not start begin filming in color until the next season. It will also be able to be presented in closed captioned for the hearing impaired. In the first season, Dick Martin of "Martin & Rowan's Laugh-In" is a recurring character including guest appearances of Lucy's children, Desi Arnaz, Jr. and Lucie Arnaz; Charles Lane from "Petticoat Junction", Nancy Kulp from "The Beverly Hillbillies" among others. Gale Gordon was not in the first season as he was still starring in his show, "Dennis the Menace" at the time.

The studio description and Fan Message of the release: "After the death of her husband, Lucy Carmichael (Lucille Ball) and her friend, the recently divorced Vivian Bagley (Vivian Vance), move into a house together with their children. The series follows the adventures of the widow Lucy as she grapples with the comic complications of life on her own."

"We are delighted to be bringing you THE LUCY SHOW. Seldom in our history have we received so many requests to release a television program on DVD.

But that's not so surprising: It stars the First Lady of television comedy, Lucille Ball, with her longtime sidekick, Vivian Vance, in all new laugh-filled adventures. Plus the episodes were written and produced by many of the same creative team as I LOVE LUCY.

We recognize how much you, the fans, love classic tv...and so do we. All 30 episodes from this first season have been beautifully remastered from original film negatives and are presented here with a long list of extras.

Many thanks to all who contacted us and please enjoy THE LUCY SHOW Season 1 on DVD...Again and Again."

Be sure to visit the Everything Lucy store to order your copy from the Featured Products!

April 05, 2009

Lucy-Desi Center Seeks New Board Members

As reported in The Post Journal, Jamestown, NY:

The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center is searching for four people to serve on its Board of Directors.

The terms of three former board members - Bill Daly, Chuck Ludwig and Caroline Seymour - expired near the end of last month, said Mike LaTone, the board's president. The fourth open seat was occupied by former board president Ed Fagan, who resigned from that post in December.

''These folks ought to be publicly thanked for their diligent service,'' LaTone said Wednesday. ''They were absolutely instrumental in getting the center started off in its new direction and we are indebted to them for their time and efforts.''

Daly, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency director, spent about 15 months as a member of the center's board. He, along with Ludwig and Ms. Seymour, were appointed to the board in December 2007 to fill open terms, he said. At the board's annual meeting in March 2008, they were asked to serve for another year and agreed to do so. The trio resigned during the board's March 26 meeting, he said.

''I think the three of us are leaving the board at a time when the center is headed in new and positive directions,'' he said. ''I really think the center will succeed with its initiatives. Right now, there are five very hard-working people on that board - they find themselves in tough economic times, but they're working as hard as they can to ensure the center remains a success. My hat's off to them.''

One of the most ''critical'' things that took place during Daly's tenure was the signing of a new licensing agreement between Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, Desi Arnaz Jr. and the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center.

''That was so huge at a time when we weren't sure what direction the center was going to take,'' he said. ''The relationship with Lucie and Desi is being renewed and that's so important.''

Though he no longer sits on the board of directors, Daly said he would ''continue to support the center and board in any way possible.''

''I wish the board all the luck in the world,'' Daly said. ''It's a hard-working board. I thank them for their time and effort. They came into a situation that's not easy and they accepted seats on the board knowing how much work was ahead of them. Their dedication to one of this community's most important assets shouldn't go unappreciated.''

Ludwig and Ms. Seymour were unavailable for comment.

LaTone said the board will soon form a search committee and seek individuals for positions on the board.

''In addition to the search committee, we definitely want to hear from folks in the community who are interested in serving on the board,'' he said.

Those who are interested in serving on the board can call LaTone at 664-9321 or e-mail him at mlatone@lucy-desi.com.

The four new board members will join LaTone, Vice President Terry Lind, Todd Tranum, Lee Harkness and Lou Deppas as members.