If we talk about one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms ever made in history, then I Love Lucy undoubtedly tops the list. And now we have good news for the fans.
Five colorized episodes of the epic show will be aired in select theatres nationally on August 6. The day is actually the birthdate of Lucille Ball who is regarded as the “Queen of Comedy”. The sitcom will also be released on DVD in a special colorized collection on August 13.
And the best news is a biopic will soon be made on the legendary reel and real-life couple. Ball and Desi Arnaz met, married and co-starred in the show. But they got divorced in 1960. Ball’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz is executive producing the movie. She spoke with Good Morning America about the much-loved sitcom and the coming biopic. She talked about her parents and the advice that her mother gave her back then.
She told that she and her brother had been told innumerable times by many people that watching the show got them through some really tough times. Reminiscing her time spent with her mother, Lucie told that she used to make her a grilled cheese sandwich and then they’d just sit in the living room.
Lucille was a strict and responsible mother. Lucie told that her mother asked them to always take care of business, brush teeth and do homework. While Lucie’s father was a bit chilled out who talked about cooking and having a good time.
Ball also had a list of important advice for her daughter. She focused a lot on taking care of oneself first, putting your oxygen mask on before anybody else. She also picked up her mother’s traits of being incredibly professional and doing one’s job.
I Love Lucy first premiered 1951 and ran for six seasons till 1957 with a total of 180 half-hour episodes. Even after nearly seven decades, it still runs on cable. In 1991, it was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
The popularity of the show hasn’t died with an American audience of 40 million each year. The five times Emmy awarded sitcom was voted the Best TV Show of All Time in a survey conducted by ABC News and People Magazine in 2012.