The Mod Squad
The Mod Squad is an American crime drama series that ran on ABC from 1968 to 1973. It starred Michael Cole as Peter "Pete" Cochran, Peggy Lipton as Julie Barnes, Clarence Williams III as Lincoln "Linc" Hayes, Tige Andrews as Captain Adam Greer; the executive producers of the series were Danny Thomas. The counterculture police series earned six Emmy Award nominations, four Golden Globe nominations plus one win for Peggy Lipton, one Directors Guild of America Award, four Logies. In 1997, a 1970 episode "Mother of Sorrow" was ranked #95 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time, they were The Mod Squad, described by one critic as "the hippest and first young undercover cops on TV". Each of these characters represented mainstream culture's principal fears regarding youth in the era: long-haired rebel Pete Cochran was evicted from his wealthy parents' Beverly Hills home arrested and put on probation after he stole a car; the concept was to take three rebellious, disaffected young social outcasts and convince them to work as unarmed undercover detectives as an alternative to being incarcerated themselves.
Their youthful, hippie personas would enable them to get close to the criminals. "The times are changing," said Captain Greer. "They can get into places we can't." Examples included infiltrations of a high school to solve a teacher's murder, of an underground newspaper to find a bomber, of an acting class to look for a strangler, preying on blonde actresses. More than a year before the release of the film Easy Rider, The Mod Squad was one of the earliest attempts to deal with the counterculture. Groundbreaking in the realm of relevant drama, it dealt with issues such as abortion, domestic violence, child abuse, slumlords, the anti-war movement, illegal immigration, police brutality, student protest, soldiers returning from Vietnam and PTSD, racism and the illegal drug trade. Spelling intended the show to be about the characters's relationships and promised that the Squad "would never arrest kids...or carry a gun or use one."The show was loosely based on creator Bud "Buddy" Ruskin's experiences in the late 1950s as a squad leader for young undercover narcotics cops, though it took 10 years after he wrote a script for the idea to be given the greenlight by ABC Television Studios.
The shows Star Trek, I Spy, The Bill Cosby Show, Room 222, Mission: Impossible, The Flip Wilson Show, The Mod Squad were among the first programs to feature African-Americans as stars since the stereotyped roles of Amos'n' Andy and Beulah. The Mod Squad presented an African-American character as being on an equal footing, as roles went, to the Caucasian characters. In one Mod Squad episode, the script called for Linc to give Barnes a "friendly kiss". Since the first interracial kiss on an American television show was in 1967, this was still new territory in popular culture; the studio was frightened of a negative public reaction, so they asked Spelling to cut it: "You can't do that," I was told. "You can't have a black man kissing a white girl." I won and ABC agreed to let it in. I didn't get one. Linc's famous "solid" and "keep the faith" were among the current-day slang used on the show, which included "pad", "dig it", "groovy."The "kids" traveled in Pete's famous "Woody", an old green 1950 Mercury Woodie station wagon, until it burned up in a fire after going over a cliff during a chase at the end of the second season episode "The Death of Wild Bill Hannachek".
Among the series guest stars were Spelling's ex-wife Carolyn Jones, Leslie Nielsen, William Windom, Ed Asner, Vincent Price, Sammy Davis Jr. Andy Griffith, Joe Don Baker, David Cassidy, Richard Pryor, Lee Grant, Richard Dreyfuss, Jo Van Fleet, Tom Bosley, Marion Ross, Danny Thomas, Tyne Daly, Anthony Geary. Sam Elliott, Martin Sheen, Desi Arnaz Jr. René Auberjonois, Stefanie Powers, Robert Reed, Cesar Romero, Meg Foster, Jack Cassidy, Tony Dow, Vic Taybeck, Fritz Weaver, Clint Howard, Louis Gossett, Jr. Sugar Ray Robinson, Bobby Sherman, Billy Dee Williams, Victor Buono, Jim Backus, Fernando Lamas, Cleavon Little, Daniel J. Travanti, Barbara McNair and Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr.. In the U. S. MeTV reran the series from May 26, 2014 to August 29, 2014 and again on Sunday afternoons from January 4, 2015 to August 30, 2015; the Decades Network rerun part of the series on the 24th and 25 February 2018 for their binge weekend. A television pilot was shot in 1968, with a running time of 74 minutes, but it was never aired in its entirety.
The film was aired as the show's first episode. The uncut 74-minute version appears on the DVD set as the opening episode, "The Teeth of the Barracuda". A TV reunion movie, The Return of Mod Squad, aired on ABC May 18, 1979, featuring the entire ori
Victoria Davey Spelling is an American actress, television personality and author. She is most known from her first major role, Donna Martin, on Beverly Hills, 90210 beginning in 1990, produced by her father, Aaron, she appeared in a string of made-for-television films, including A Friend to Die For, A Carol Christmas, The Mistle-Tones, both versions of Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?, The Last Sharknado: It's About Time. She appeared in several independent films such as The House of Yes, Scary Movie 2, Kiss the Bride and Izzie's Way Home, she reprised her role of Donna Martin in Beverly Hills, 90210's spin-off, 90210, in 2009. Spelling's autobiography, Stori Telling, debuted on top of the New York Times Best Seller list and was named the best celebrity autobiography of 2009. Spelling was born in California, she is the daughter of television and film producer Aaron Spelling. She has a former actor who as of 2009 works as a life coach. Spelling's parents were from Jewish families whose ancestors moved to the United States from Russia and Poland.
Her middle name comes from David. She attended Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills and graduated from Harvard-Westlake School in 1991. At age six, Spelling was given acting lessons from an acting coach hired by her father, was subsequently given guest spots on television series such as The Love Boat, T. J. Hooker, Fantasy Island, Vega$ and Saved by the Bell. At the age of 17, she was given the role of Donna Martin on Beverly Hills, 90210, co-produced by Aaron Spelling's company Spelling Television. Tori Spelling portrayed Donna for the show's entire run and was nominated for two Young Artist Awards. While starring on Beverly Hills, 90210, Spelling was cast in a number of made-for-television films, including Co-Ed Call Girl, A Friend to Die For, Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?, several independent films, including The House of Yes and Trick. In 2006, Spelling starred as herself in the VH1 sitcom So Notorious, which parodied her public image. In January 2007, she and her second husband Dean McDermott pretended to purchase and operate a bed and breakfast hotel, Chateau La Rue in Fallbrook, California for their reality series, Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood Tori & Dean: Inn Love, which aired on Oxygen from 2007 to 2012.
In July 2007, Spelling became a minister to marry a gay couple at Chateau La Rue. A tape of the wedding ceremony was shown on Inn Love. Spelling's fashion and jewelry line premiered on HSN, she released her autobiography, sTori TELLING, on March 11, 2008. Her second book, was released on April 14, 2009. On January 7, 2009, it was reported that Spelling would reprise her role as Donna Martin on Beverly Hills, 90210 spin-off 90210, she appeared in the twentieth episodes of the first season as a special guest star. In 2010, Spelling released her third book, uncharted terriTORI. Spelling told People: "I love sharing my stories and experiences with people and connecting to them on both a humorous and emotional level; the response to my first two books has been so amazing that I wanted to write a third one for my fans."Home Sweet Hollywood's spin-off series, Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings premiered on April 6, 2011. Writers, who claimed they came up with the idea of a similar series starring Spelling and husband Dean McDermott, filed a $60 million lawsuit against the series, citing breach of implied-in-fact contract, breach of fiduciary duty, slander of title, false advertising, unfair business practices among other charges.
In 2011, Spelling voiced the Pirate Princess in Jake and the Never Land Pirates. She played a role in the comedy short film Hoarders: Untold sTori which premiered at the Outfest Film Festival in July 2011. On September 4, 2011, Spelling made an appearance on Big Brother 13. On April 21, 2012, Spelling hosted My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic'Royal Wedding' special, celebrating the series' second-season finale, called A Canterlot Wedding, she hosted the series premiere of Craft Wars, where three new contestants each episode battle against each other crafting for a chance to earn $10,000. On December 18, 2012, Spelling appeared on Nick Jr.'s Yo Gabba Gabba! and performed a skit where she baked cookies for the characters on the show. This was part of a Christmas special for the series; the special included other famous guests such as My Chemical Romance. It was announced on August 26, 2013, that production had started on a new reality television series titled Tori & Dean: Cabin Fever; the series chronicles Spelling, McDermott, their four children as they move to a lakeside cabin in Ontario, Canada while renovating it into their vacation home.
Eight half-hour episodes were produced and aired on CMT Canada and HGTV in 2014. Spelling starred in the short-lived ABC Family TV series Mystery Girls with former 90210 co-star Jennie Garth in 2014. In 2016, Spelling voiced April in the animated movie Izzie's Way Home; the same year, she co-starred in the TV movie Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? Alongside James Franco. Since June 24, 2018, Spelling is hosting the TV series The Look All Stars. In the same time, she appears in the successful tv movie The Last Sharknado: It's About Time. On January 30, 2019, she was revealed to be the Unicorn on The Masked Singer. On July 3, 2004, Spelling married writer Charlie Shanian. In July 2005, Spelling was filming the Lifetime TV-movie Mind Over Murder in Ottawa, during which she met actor Dean McDermott, married to actress Mary Jo Eustace. Spelling and McDermott began cheating on
Sunset Beach (TV series)
Sunset Beach is an American television soap opera that aired on NBC from January 6, 1997 to December 31, 1999. The show follows the loves and lives of the people living in the Orange County coastal area named Sunset Beach, on the coast of California. Although there is a town in California called Sunset Beach, the show's beach scenes were shot on nearby Seal Beach; the show was co-produced by Spelling Television. Sunset Beach was nominated another eleven times; the show received twenty-two nominations for various other awards. Sunset Beach was created in 1996, in an attempt to rebuild the NBC Daytime lineup and target the younger audience, it was the first daytime soap opera produced by the chief of Spelling Television. Jonathan Levin, one of the show's consulting producers, commented on the change that a new soap opera brings to the lineup, the tough process of a viewer getting to know a new soap: "It is difficult to change the loyalty of the daytime viewer, we’re talking about shows that have been on for 30 years.
That's one of the reasons we’re targeting young viewers — they’re the most available and the most flexible in their viewing habits."In the process of making the show, Spelling liked the idea of naming it Never Say Goodbye, as suggested by Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone during a dinner with Spelling, but tests proved that the viewers were more drawn to the title Sunset Beach. Upon its premiere, Sunset Beach was made part of the NBC Daytime programming block. At first, the show was given a one-year deal, with 255 episodes to produce; the show was renewed again for another year, picked up in six-month intervals for its final year in 1999. Before getting cancelled, the show was renewed twice. Through its short existence, Sunset Beach remained in the daytime ratings basement. However, during the Shockwave storyline, it received its best ratings and showed signs that it might move off the bottom; this spike was not sustained. When the show first aired, it started with 21 contract characters, of which 7 had left the show during its first year and a half.
The first actress to leave the series was Adrienne Frantz. Her character was recast with Jennifer Banko Stewart, but the change didn't work out, resulting in the character being written out. Kelly Hu left the show in June 1997, due to her character not mixing well with the others. By the end of the year, when Meg Bennett took over as a new head writer, Leigh Taylor-Young and Laura Harring left the series, followed by the exit of Nick Stabile, whose character was written out in a serial killer storyline. Elizabeth Alley had a short stint in the role of Melinda Fall; the final original character to be written off was Eddie Connors, played by Peter Barton, who exited in mid-1998. The remaining 14 original characters stayed on the show until its end, three of those characters were recast during the three-year run; the first recast happened. The role of Cole Deschanel played by Ashley Hamilton, was recast with Eddie Cibrian. In mid-1998, following contract disputes, Vanessa Dorman vacated the role of Cole's wife Caitlin, Kam Heskin was cast.
The final recast was a temporary one. When Susan Ward left to film a movie, Sydney Penny stepped in to replace her, with Ward returning to play the character for the show's final few weeks. Shortly after the show premiered, Dominique Jennings, V. P. Oliver, Russell Curry joined the cast. Oliver was let go in December 1997, his character, Jimmy Harrison, was recast with a younger actor, Jeffery Wood. Both Jennings and Wood were written off by March 1999 two years after the introduction of their characters; the exits of many characters opened the doors to the introduction of new ones. Carol Potter and John Martin, recurring during the show's first year, were promoted to contract status, the expansion of Meg's family included the arrival of her sister Sara; the role was first played by then-unknown actress Lauren Woodland, but she was fired two weeks and replaced by Shawn Batten, who played the role for the remainder of the series. Aside from Meg's family, Ricardo got his family expanded, including the introduction of his mother Carmen, brother Antonio, the sudden reappearance of his sister Maria, Ben Evans' presumed dead wife.
The teen scene was revived in 1998, when Bette's daughter Emily arrived in town and fell in love with Sean, prompting Amy and Brad to intervene. The final teen cast was Leo Deschanel, Cole's brother, but he was written out. A long-time legend, A. J. Deschanel, was cast in the form of Gordon Thomson, a villain named Francesca was added to the cast in mid-1998. However, Guerrero was written out in early 1999. In 1999, the show cast only three contract roles, the first two being in March, when Tracy Lindsey Melchior and Chase Parker stunned the soap with their sudden arrival in town; the final role to be cast on the show was the one played by Sean Kanan in late August. Things changed at the end of the year, when fan favorite Eddie Cibrian left the show to pursue a career in primetime. Several other cast members, including a few original ones, considered leaving, but the show's cancellation came before they could make a decision. During its three-year run, Sunset Beach was executive produced by Aaron Spelling, E. Duke Vincent, Gary Tomlin.
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Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby was an American singer and actor. The first multimedia star, Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, motion picture grosses from 1931 to 1954, his early career coincided with recording innovations that allowed him to develop an intimate singing style that influenced many male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, Dean Martin. Yank magazine said that he was "the person who had done the most for the morale of overseas servicemen" during World War II. In 1948, American polls declared him the "most admired man alive", ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII. In 1948, Music Digest estimated that his recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music. Crosby won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Father Chuck O'Malley in the 1944 motion picture Going My Way and was nominated for his reprise of the role in The Bells of St. Mary's opposite Ingrid Bergman the next year, becoming the first of six actors to be nominated twice for playing the same character.
In 1963, Crosby received the first Grammy Global Achievement Award. He is one of 33 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the categories of motion pictures and audio recording, he was known for his collaborations with longtime friend Bob Hope, starring in the Road to... films from 1940 to 1962. Crosby influenced the development of the postwar recording industry. After seeing a demonstration of a German broadcast quality reel-to-reel tape recorder brought to America by John T. Mullin, he invested $50,000 in a California electronics company called Ampex to build copies, he convinced ABC to allow him to tape his shows. He became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. Through the medium of recording, he constructed his radio programs with the same directorial tools and craftsmanship used in motion picture production, a practice that became an industry standard. In addition to his work with early audio tape recording, he helped to finance the development of videotape, bought television stations, bred racehorses, co-owned the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team.
Crosby was born on May 3, 1903 in Tacoma, Washington, in a house his father built at 1112 North J Street. In 1906, his family moved to Spokane and in 1913, his father built a house at 508 E. Sharp Avenue; the house sits on the campus of Gonzaga University. It functions today as a museum housing over 200 artifacts from his life and career, including his Oscar, he was the fourth of seven children: brothers Laurence Earl, Everett Nathaniel, Edward John, George Robert. His parents were Harry Lowe Crosby, a bookkeeper, Catherine Helen "Kate", his mother was a second generation Irish-American. His father was of English descent. Through another line on his father's side, Crosby is descended from Mayflower passenger William Brewster. On November 8, 1937, after Lux Radio Theatre's adaptation of She Loves Me Not, Joan Blondell asked Crosby how he got his nickname: Crosby: "Well, I'll tell you, back in the knee-britches day, when I was a wee little tyke, a mere broth of a lad, as we say in Spokane, I used to totter around the streets, with a gun on each hip, my favorite after school pastime was a game known as "Cops and Robbers", I didn't care which side I was on, when a cop or robber came into view, I would haul out my trusty six-shooters, made of wood, loudly exclaim bing! bing!, as my luckless victim fell clutching his side, I would shout bing! bing!, I would let him have it again, as his friends came to his rescue, shooting as they came, I would shout bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing!"Blondell: "I'm surprised they didn't call you "Killer" Crosby!
Now tell me another story, Grandpa! Crosby: "No, so help me, it's the truth, ask Mister De Mille."De Mille: "I'll vouch for it, Bing."That story was pure whimsy for dramatic effect and the truth is that a neighbor - Valentine Hobart - named him "Bingo from Bingville" after a comic feature in the local paper called "The Bingville Bugle" which the young Harry liked. In time, Bingo got shortened to Bing. In 1917, Crosby took a summer job as property boy at Spokane's "Auditorium," where he witnessed some of the finest acts of the day, including Al Jolson, who held him spellbound with ad libbing and parodies of Hawaiian songs, he described Jolson's delivery as "electric."Crosby graduated from Gonzaga High School in 1920 and enrolled at Gonzaga University. He did not earn a degree; as a freshman, he played on the university's baseball team. The university granted him an honorary doctorate in 1937. Today, Gonzaga University houses a large collection of photographs and other material related to Crosby.
In 1923, Crosby was invited to join a new band composed of high school students a few years younger than himself. Al Rinker, Miles Rinker, James Heaton, Claire Pritchard and Robert Pritchard, along with drummer Crosby, formed the Musicaladers, who performed at dances both for high school students and club-goers; the group disbanded after two years. Crosby and Al Rinker obtained work at the Clemmer Theatre in Spokane. Crosby was a member of a vocal trio called'The Three Harmo
Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre
Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre, sometimes called Zane Grey Theatre, is an American Western anthology series which ran on CBS from 1956 to 1961. Created by Luke Short and Charles A. Wallace, Zane Grey Theatre was based on the short stories and novels of Western author Zane Grey, but as the episodes continued, new material was included. Aaron Spelling wrote twenty Zane Grey episodes; the series opened each week with a prelude of the episode followed by the introduction, the firing of a gun, with the proclamation: "From out of the West, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater." Much of the musical score was handled by Four Star's Herschel Burke Gilbert. Powell hosted the entire run. A half-hour program, Zane Grey Theatre debuted at 8:30 Eastern on Friday, October 5, 1956, ran until the end of the 1960-1961 season, when Powell switched to NBC for a new hour-long anthology of drama and comedy called The Dick Powell Show. Zane Grey Theatre was ground-breaking in that five episodes were developed into subsequent series: Trackdown starring Robert Culp as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman, Johnny Ringo, starring Don Durant, both on CBS, The Rifleman with Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain on ABC, The Westerner on NBC, starring Brian Keith as Dave Blassingame, Black Saddle with Chris Alcaide instead of subsequent series star Peter Breck as the gunfighter-turned-lawyer Clay Culhane) on ABC.
In addition, Wanted: Dead or Alive, with Steve McQueen playing the bounty hunter Josh Randall, was a CBS spinoff of Trackdown, Law of the Plainsman, starring Michael Ansara as a Harvard-educated, Native American U. S. Marshal, was an NBC spin-off of The Rifleman. Outdoor sequences for many episodes of the series were filmed on the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, Calif. Walter Brennan played an old outlaw, Joe, in the episode, "Vengeance Canyon", which aired on November 30, 1956. In the story line, Joe tries to convince a young gunslinger, Clint Harding, that vengeance is not productive. Sheb Wooley played another outlaw, Brock."Decision at Wilson's Creek"', which premiered May 17, 1957, near the end of the series' first season, featured guest star John Forsythe, still four months shy of his debut on Bachelor Father in the fall of that year. Forsythe played a Confederate soldier who aroused suspicion and scorn with his decision to quit the Army. Outdoor sequences for the episode were shot on the famed Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, known as the most filmed outdoor location in the history of films and television.
A number of scenes take place amid a grove of oak trees on the location ranch that came to be known as the Midway Oaks, with one of the trees — a multi-trunked oak that leans to one side — becoming known as the Forsythe Oak, named in honor of John Forsythe's appearance in the episode. The Forsythe Oak remains in place today in the back yard of a private estate on the former Iverson Movie Ranch. In "License to Kill", Macdonald Carey played Tom Baker, a wounded sheriff facing the arrival of unruly cattle drovers; the mayor, played by Jacques Aubuchon, hires Lane Baker, portrayed by John Ericson, as the town marshal to assist the sheriff but against the sheriff's wishes. Lane turns out to be the sheriff's younger brother; the two differ on law enforcement techniques but are reconciled from a long-term family split. Stacy Harris plays Doc Currie. In "Let the Man Die", Dick Powell portrays Dr. Mike Reynolds, who must operate on Dolf Akins, played by Brett King, an unpopular gunfighter with a bullet lodged near his heart.
Civic leaders, want Reynolds to let Akins die, but his own conscience and the Hippocratic Oath forbid the doctor from doing so. Akins dies in surgery, but the situation is clouded by the revelation that it was Reynolds' stepson, portrayed by Ralph Reed, not Akins, responsible for the killing of popular townsman Tom Menken, played by Frank Ferguson. Marsha Hunt appears in this episode as Julie. In "Medal for Valor", Rufus Stewart, a businessman played by Paul Fix, hires David Manning, a man with an ill wife in need of medical treatment, played by Richard Basehart, to substitute in the American Civil War for Stewart's son, portrayed by Richard Anderson. Manning, who won a Medal of Honor, returns from three years in the Army for an affidavit certifying that he was a substitute so that he can claim western land. Rufus Stewart reneges on the promise because the son, the local sheriff, is running for the United States House of Representatives. Oddly, Rufus winds up being shot to death in a confrontation that he caused, Adam agrees to provide the affidavit to Manning.
The episode does not reveal if the sheriff was elected to Congress but considers the political liability of one having hired a substitute in the war. June Dayton portrays Kate. In "Make It Look Good", Arthur Kennedy plays Sam Carter, a former Confederate hired as a bank teller in an otherwise all-Union community by banker Clem Doud, portrayed by Parley Baer, it is revealed that Carter disliked in the town, had for a time been a prisoner of war at Elmira, New York. Carter becomes the inside partner to two brothers, played by Ed Nelson and Richard Rust, who rob the bank, but he changes his mind and does not take part in the splitting of the $30,000 loot. Carter must confront Russ Bowen, one of the brothers who had vowed to harm Carter's wife, portrayed by Jacqueline Scott. Robert F. Simon plays Sheriff John Hanley in this episode. In the first of two appearances on the program
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom that ran on CBS from October 15, 1951, to May 6, 1957, with a total of 180 half-hour episodes spanning 6 seasons. The show starred Lucille Ball, her real-life husband Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley, it followed the life of Lucy Ricardo, a middle class housewife in New York City, who either concocted plans with her best friends to appear alongside her bandleader husband Ricky Ricardo in his nightclub, or tried numerous schemes to mingle with, or be a part of show business. After the series ended in 1957, a modified version continued for three more seasons with 13 one-hour specials, it was first known as The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show and in reruns as The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour. Following the end of that, Ball divorced Arnaz and appeared in three other sitcoms into 1986. I Love Lucy became the most watched show in the United States in four of its six seasons, it was the first to end its run at the top of the Nielsen ratings; as of 2011, episodes of the show have been syndicated in dozens of languages across the world and remain popular with an American audience of 40 million each year.
A colorized version of its Christmas episode attracted more than 8 million viewers when CBS aired it in prime time in 2013—62 years after the show premiered. The show, the first scripted television program to be shot on 35 mm film in front of a studio audience, won five Emmy Awards and received numerous nominations and honors, it was the first show to feature an ensemble cast. It is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms in history. In 2012, it was voted the'Best TV Show of All Time' in a survey conducted by ABC News and People magazine. Set in an apartment building in New York City, I Love Lucy centers on Lucy Ricardo and her singer/bandleader husband Ricky Ricardo, along with their best friends and landlords Fred Mertz and Ethel Mertz. During the second season and Ricky have a son named Ricky Ricardo Jr. whose birth was timed to coincide with Ball's real-life birth of her son Desi Arnaz Jr. Lucy is naïve and ambitious, with an undeserved zeal for stardom and a knack for getting herself and her husband into trouble whenever Lucy yearns to make it in show business.
The Ricardos' best friends and Ethel, are former vaudevillians and this only strengthens Lucy's resolve to prove herself as a performer. She has few marketable performance skills, she does not seem to be able to carry a tune or play anything other than off-key renditions of songs such as "Glow Worm" on the saxophone, many of her performances devolve into disaster. However, to say she is without talent would be untrue, as on occasion, she is shown to be a good dancer and a competent singer, she is at least twice offered contracts by television or film companies—first in "The Audition" when she replaces an injured clown in Ricky's act, in Hollywood when she dances for a studio benefit using a rubber Ricky dummy as her dancing partner. The show provided Ball ample opportunity to display her considerable skill at clowning and physical comedy. Character development was not a major focus of early sitcoms, so little was offered about her life before the show. A few episodes mentioned that she was born in Jamestown, New York corrected to West Jamestown, that she graduated from Jamestown High School, that her maiden name was "McGillicuddy", that she met Ricky on a boat cruise with her friend from an agency she once worked for.
Her family was absent, other than occasional appearances by her scatter-brained mother, who could never get Ricky's name right. Lucy exhibited many traits that were standard for female comedians at the time, including being secretive about her age and true hair color, being careless with money, along with being somewhat materialistic, insisting on buying new dresses and hats for every occasion and telling old friends that she and Ricky were wealthy, she was depicted as a devoted housewife and attentive mother. As part of Lucy's role was to care for her husband, she stayed at home and took care of the household chores while her husband Ricky went to work. During the post war era Lucy took jobs outside of the home but in these jobs she was portrayed as being inept outside of her usual domestic duties. Lucy's husband, Ricky Ricardo, is an up-and-coming Cuban American singer and bandleader with an excitable personality, his patience is tested by his wife's antics trying to get into showbiz, exorbitant spending on clothes or furniture.
When exasperated, he reverts to speaking in Spanish. As with Lucy, not much is revealed about his family. Ricky's mother appears in two episodes. Ricky mentions that he had been "practically raised" by his uncle Alberto, that he had attended the University of Havana. An extended flashback segment in the 1957 episode "Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana" of The Lucille Ball–Desi Arnaz Show filled in numerous details of how Lucy and Ricky met and how Ricky came to the United States; the story, a
The Love Boat
The Love Boat is an American comedy/drama television series set on luxury passenger cruise ship S. S. Pacific Princess, which aired on the ABC television network from May 5, 1977 until May 24, 1986; the series revolves around the ship's captain Merrill Stubing and a handful of its crew, with several passengers—played by various guest star actors for each episode—having romantic and humorous adventures. It was part of ABC's popular Saturday-night lineup of the time, which included Fantasy Island until that series ended two years earlier in 1984; the original 1976 made-for-TV movie on which the show was based was itself based on the nonfiction book Love Boats by Jeraldine Saunders, a real-life cruise director on a passenger cruise ship line. It was followed by two more TV-made-for movies, all before the series began its first season in September 1977; the executive producer for the series was Aaron Spelling, who produced several TV series for Four Star Television, American Broadcasting Company from the 1960s into the 1980s.
In 1997, the episode with segment titles "Hidden Treasure", "Picture from the Past", "Ace's Salary" was ranked No. 82 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time from TV Guide magazine. The Love Boat ran for nine seasons plus four specials. Another made-for-TV movie, titled The Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage, starring four of the original cast members, aired on February 12, 1990. Gavin MacLeod as Captain Merrill Stubing Bernie Kopell as Dr. Adam "Doc" Bricker, ship's physician Fred Grandy as Burl "Gopher" Smith, yeoman purser Ted Lange as Isaac Washington, yeoman purser Lauren Tewes as Julie McCoy, cruise director Jill Whelan as Vicki Stubing, the captain's daughter Ted McGinley as Ashley "Ace" Covington Evans, ship's photographer, yeoman purser Pat Klous as Judy McCoy, Julie's sister and successor as cruise director MacLeod and Lange are the only cast members to appear in every episode of the TV series as well as the last three made-for-TV movies. Grandy was in every episode throughout the run of the series, but was not in the last of the TV movies due to his 1986 campaign for the United States House of Representatives.
MacLeod was not the captain of the Pacific Princess in the first two TV movies and did not appear in them, although when his character was introduced there was a mention of his being "the new captain". Among the series' attractions was the casting of well-known actors in guest-starring roles, with many famous film stars of yesteryear making rare television appearances; the Love Boat was not the first comedy series to use the guest-star cast anthology format—Love, American Style had used the formula seven years earlier—but it had such success with the formula that future series in similar style always drew comparisons to The Love Boat. The series was followed on Saturday nights on ABC by Fantasy Island, produced by Aaron Spelling, had a similar format; the one-hour sitcom was set aboard Pacific Princess, at the time a real-life Princess Cruises cruise ship. Other ships used were the Pacific Princess twin sister vessel Island Princess, along with other cruise liners: SS Stella Solaris, MS Pearl of Scandinavia, Royal Viking Sky and Royal Princess and Sun Princess.
In 1981, P&O Cruises' line Sea Princess was used for the special two-hour episode "Julie's Wedding", set in and around Australia. Only the latter four ships still exist today; the series was filmed on sets in southern California's—20th Century Fox Studios for seasons one through five, the Old Warner Brothers Hollywood Studios for the remainder of the series. The "star of the show", the cruise ship itself, after being renamed the MS Pacific and being sold owned by another cruise line in Spain, the now-world famous Pacific Princess was retired to Turkey in 2013, where she was scrapped by a ship breaking company after no further buyer could be found. Episodes set and filmed in other European and East Asian locations became more frequent instead of the usual west coasts along the Pacific shores of the Americas as the show continued, they traditionally aired as season premieres or during the sweeps months of February and November. Another unique aspect of The Love Boat was its writing format; every episode contained several storylines, each written by a different set of writers working on one group of guest stars.
As a result, episodes ended up with ungainly titles like "Disco Baby/Alas, Poor Dwyer/After the War/Ticket to Ride/Itsy Bitsy: Part 1". Though the cast of the female detective sleuths of Charlie's Angels had been in separate episodes of the series, there was a crossover episode of the series in which the lady detectives had a case onboard the ship. On rare occasions, there were crossovers between the stories. In one episode, actors Robert Reed and Florence Henderson of The Brady Bunch, guest-starred in separate segments. In one scene, the two pass each other in a corridor, exchange a "Do I know you?" questioning do a double-take, continue on their separate ways down the hall without another word. In a one-time Fantasy Island crossover episode, the cruise ship makes a detour to deliver a tro