Retirees Recreate Iconic Scenes for Calendar Shoot

Inspired by a German retirement community’s viral success earlier this year with what one website lauded as “probably the best calendar ever,” residents of nine senior living communities across the United States have tweaked the concept to produce a homegrown calendar in which they recreate some iconic pop-culture scenes. Proceeds from sales of the 18-month calendar (August 2014 – January 2016) will go to local charities chosen by each of the nine retirement communities. The residents designed costumes and searched …

TV’s Funniest Moments Minus the Laughs

That’s what I get for actually planning my weekend around a TV show. After reminding myself for two days not to miss it, I actually sat down in front of the tube to watch Sunday’s NBC special, TV’s Funniest of the Funniest: A Paley Center for Media Special. Who could resist that? The show purported to feature the 30 funniest moments in TV history, and it was curated by the nation’s most esteemed television archive. How could they screw that …

Dann Cahn: The TV Pioneer Who Made Us Love ‘I Love Lucy’

When we remember the 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy, we usually think of all the hilarious jams that Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) got herself into, and that exasperated look that her husband Ricky (Desi Arnaz) would get. But it wasn’t just the stars’ comedic virtuosity that made I love Lucy a classic. It was the first show to be filmed in front of a live audience in a Hollywood studio, rather than broadcast live from New York, as other early TV comedies …

William Asher: He Directed What May Be the Funniest Scene in Television History

For anyone in television, achievement isn’t just measured by the Nielsen ratings, or even by winning an Emmy. Instead, the pinnacle of small-screen genius is that magic little moment of a show that everyone remembers and talks about years, or even decades, afterward. Case in point: William Asher, the prolific TV writer-director-producer of the 1950s and 1960s who was involved in an array of classic sitcoms, from I Love Lucy, Our Miss Brooks and The Patty Duke Show to Bewitched, …

Lucy at 100: We Still Love Her

    Lucille Ball would have been 100 August 6–and a lot of people forget that before she rocketed to stardon on I Love Lucy in the 1950s, she’d already been a movie actress for nearly 20 years. Here’s my Movies for Grownups Radio Show tribute to the Forgotten Lucy… Lucy at 100