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, …