The Untouchables as a legitimate hit series. But they needed something else to coerce CBS to back some of their upcoming projects, so Arnaz persuaded Ball to return to television on what would become The Lucy Show in the fall of 1962. Despite CBS being initially uncertain that Ball could carry the show alone without Arnaz, all the parties eventually agreed to the new series, which would costar Ball's I Love Lucy friend Vivian Vance (who insisted that her character be named Vivian so that she could escape the shadow of Ethel Mertz), be aired on Monday evening (the same evening I Love Lucy ran), and would include four of the five scriptwriters from the old series, Bob Carroll, Jr., Madelyn Davis, Bob Schiller, and Bob Weiskopf. However, since Ball and Arnaz had sold all their rights to I Love Lucy back to CBS to fund the creation of Desilu Studios, they had to tread lightly to avoid infringing on CBS' purchase, so Arnaz bought the rights to Irene Krampen's novel Life Without George about two divorcees living together but decided to have Lucy's character be a widow rather than a divorcee to avoid offending puritanical American audiences. Vance's character, Vivian Bagley, thereby became the first divorced woman as a regular character on an American TV series. Both women came with children--Lucy has a teenage daughter Chris and elementary-school son Jerry, and Vivian has an elementary-school son Sherman. Lucy has inherited a trust fund from her late husband but is not given the power to use it as she pleased, instead having it managed by parsimonious banker Mr. Barnsdahl. Vivian pays room and board to live in Lucy's house, but sometimes has problems when her deadbeat ex-husband is late with the alimony payment. But despite the new wrinkles and window-dressing, the show essentially continues to mine the formula that made I Love Lucy so popular--Lucy repeatedly makes poor decisions and gets into ridiculous amounts of trouble, all played with lots of slapstick. This should not come as a surprise since the show was initially conceived as a stopgap intended to last only one season and had to bank on its biggest asset--America's past love of Lucy's absurd antics. There was no intention of breaking new ground, only borrowing time to get Desilu back on its feet again. which continued with The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour that followed. In the 5 year gap between the end of I Love Lucy and the start of The Lucy Show, Hatch did not rack up many credits except composing music for 7 episodes of The Twilight Zone from 1960-62. He was also conductor for the December Bride spinoff TV series Pete and Gladys from 1960-62, and served as musical supervisor on The Untouchables while Nelson Riddle provided the music itself. When The Lucy Show launched in fall 1962, Hatch was again musical director throughout the series duration and continued in that capacity to its successor Here's Lucy beginning in 1968.
He also found occasional work conducting on series such as Gunsmoke and Have Gun -- Will Travel, served as music supervisor occasionally on The Greatest Show on Earth and Vacation Playhouse, and was a music consultant on Desilu-funded Star Trek as well as Mission: Impossible during its first season. When The Mothers-in-Law launched in 1968, yet another Desilu production, he served as conductor and musical supervisor as usual. He died of unspecified causes on December 22, 1969 at the age of 67.
The complete series has been released on DVD by CBS/Paramount Home Video.
For the biography of Candy Moore, see the 1962 post on The Donna Reed Show.
with the Marx Brothers. She augmented her film work by branching out into radio, first on The Phil Baker Show and then on The Wonder Show, where she first met future co-star Gale Gordon. In 1936 it was announced that she was engaged to fellow actor Broderick Crawford, but it is believed that this was an RKO Studios diversion to hide her alleged affair with married producer Pandro S. Berman. She began getting leading roles in B movies such as Go Chase Yourself and The Affairs of Annabel, but when she auditioned for the part of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind she lost out to Vivien Leigh. Then she was cast opposite Richard Carlson in 1940's Too Many Girls, where she first met Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz, Jr. who had a supporting role in the film. Though he reportedly was not too taken with her the first time he saw her as she was made up for a fight scene in another film, Dance, Girl, Dance, including a black eye, later in the day when he saw her in her normal makeup he is said to have remarked, "That's a hunk o' woman." They eloped and were married in November of that year. Lucy then moved over to MGM Studios and began getting more prominent roles in films such as Du Barry Was a Lady, Best Foot Forward, and Lover Come Back. But her marriage to Arnaz was rocky because of their disparate schedules with him always being on the road with his band while she was stuck in Hollywood working on her film career. Adding to her distress was his reputation as a womanizer. So when CBS approached her to adapt her successful radio program My Favorite Husband, in which she played a zany housewife, for television, she attempted to use her leverage to help save her marriage (she had initially filed for divorce in 1944 but then reconciled) by insisting that Arnaz be cast as her on-screen husband for the new TV series. CBS did not think the American viewing audience would accept a red-haired white woman married to a Cuban man, and they were not impressed with the pilot episode, so Lucy and Desi took their show on the road vaudeville style to prove that audiences would indeed accept their brand of comedy. CBS finally relented and put I Love Lucy on the air in 1951. Lucy and Desi also wisely stipulated in their initial deal that their production company Desilu would retain rights to all the episodes after their first airing. By the time the show went off the air six seasons later as the top-rated show in television, they were able to sell those rights back to CBS for $1million, which allowed them to buy the old RKO Studios lot and launch Desilu Studios, where many 1950s and 1960s TV shows were filmed. They also revisited their iconic series in the occasionally scheduled Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, which ran 13 episodes between 1957-60. But despite their great business success, their marriage could not endure, and Ball again filed for divorce and this time went through with it in 1960. After trying her hand at Broadway in the musical Wildcat in 1960, which had to close when she contracted a virus she could not seem to shake, and appearing with Bob Hope in the 1960 feature film The Facts of Life, Ball was willing to dive back into television by 1962 with The Lucy Show. That same year Arnaz decided he wanted to retire from the entertainment business and sold his interest in Desilu to Lucy, making her the first female head of a film studio. In the meantime, she had remarried to stand-up comedian Gary Morton, 13 years her junior. During this time she also befriended young comedienne Carol Burnett, whom she helped to mentor and always commemorated Burnett's birthday by sending her flowers, a tradition she kept until literally the day she died. The Untouchables, Mission: Impossible, and Star Trek. She was advised not to produce the latter series because it would bankrupt Desilu, which it eventually did. She sold Desilu for $17 million in 1967, after which it was merged into Paramount Studios. After six seasons of The Lucy Show, Ball canceled it and immediately started yet another sit-com starring herself, Here's Lucy, still with good friend Gale Gordon, but this time co-starring her biological children Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr. The series was another top 10 hit for Ball and ran for the customary six seasons before ending in 1974, the same year she played the title role in the feature film musical Mame. She continued to work almost to the day she died, appearing mostly in TV movies in the 1980s, with one last attempt at a series in 1986's Life With Lucy in which she played a grandmother but which was canceled after just 13 episodes. Three years later she died of an aortic aneurysm at the age of 77. In her lifetime and posthumously she has received just about every type of award an entertainer could desire (except perhaps an Oscar): multiple Emmys, including a lifetime achievement Governors Award, the Kennedy Center Honors, two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and posthumously the Presidential Medal of Freedom and two postage stamps. She appeared on the cover of TV Guide a record 39 times, including the initial issue, and was voted by the magazine as The Greatest TV Star of All Time. Not bad for a woman whose first acting instructors told her she would never make it.
The Deputy in 1959. She also made occasional appearances as Clara Appleby on The Red Skelton Hour. Meanwhile, Vance divorced husband #3, Ober, in 1959, accusing him of physical abuse out of resentment for her more successful career. She returned to Broadway in 1960 to appear in Here Today, and in 1961 married her fourth and last husband, publisher John Dodds in 1961.
The Twilight Zone. In 1961 he had an uncredited role in the Debbie Reynolds and Andy Griffith feature film The Second Time Around, followed by an appearance in a 1962 episode of Mister Ed. Then he was selected to play the character of Henry in a Desilu pilot of the book Suzuki Beane, which aired on The Victor Borge Comedy Theatre in 1962. Since Garrett was a known quantity to Lucy Show producer Elliott Lewis and Desilu casting director Kerwin Coughlin, he was called in to audition for the part of Jerry Carmichael. When he passed the first round of auditions and was finally able to do a reading with Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance, Ball loved his voice and he was given the part. However, when Vance left the show in 1965, Garrett and the two other children on the series were written out, with his character being sent off to military school. My Three Sons in 1965 as well as the feature film Munster, Go Home! in 1966. That same year he also appeared in another unsuccessful pilot for The Carol Channing Show before retiring from acting at age 12. However, he returned to show business as an adult, first as a talent agent for many years and then as a production coordinator, financial coordinator, and production accountant, eventually working for Dick Clark Productions. He has served as production accountant on such TV series as Rockin' New Years Eve, Celebrity Boxing, The Apprentice, America's Next Top Model, Bully Beatdown, and Shark Tank. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
My Three Sons as Kerwin in 1966 and 1967. After that he left show business for good and as of 1999 was working as a hydro-geologist in California. He appeared once at Lucy Fest in Jamestown, New York in 2008 but otherwise has avoided participating in any Lucy-related events.
Dick MartinThe Dean Martin Summer Show after appearing on the program as performers earlier that year. NBC was so pleased with their tenure on the program that they offered them a special that became the pilot for Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, which aired September 9, 1967. That single program garnered 4 Primetime Emmys, and when Man From U.N.C.L.E. began dropping in the ratings that Fall, NBC decided to replace it with Laugh-In, scheduled opposite The Lucy Show, in January 1968. The program's innovative chaotic format was perfectly suited for the late 1960s, and the program shot to the top of the ratings and became a cultural icon, as well as launching the careers of such future stars as Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin. It won 3 more Emmys and was nominated for many more. It also opened numerous other opportunities for the comedy duo, who were suddenly in demand on other variety show as well as appearing in their own feature film The Maltese Bippy, which flopped miserably in 1969. In 1971 Martin remarried to British model and Playboy Playmate Dolly Read, and though they divorced in 1974, they ended up remarrying again in 1978 and stayed married until Martin's death. By 1973 Laugh-In's novelty had worn off and the series was canceled. Though the duo returned as performers during numerous celebrity roasts on The Dean Martin Show in 1974, Rowan, suffering from type II diabetes, essentially retired to Florida, breaking up the comedy duo and leaving Martin searching for other work. Although he occasionally had acting guest spots on late 1970s programs such as The Love Boat and Fantasy Island, most of his work consisted of appearing on game shows such as Match Game, Celebrity Sweepstakes, Celebrity Bowling, Liar's Club, and Tattletales (with wife Dolly). In fact, Martin was doing so much game-show work that he complained to friend Bob Newhart that it was becoming tedious, so Newhart offered him the opportunity to move into directing on his hit series The Bob Newhart Show during its 5th season in 1977, thereby opening up a whole new career for Martin. Not only did Martin direct 33 episodes of Newhart's next series, Newhart, and 3 more of his third series, Bob, on which Martin also appeared 5 times as character Buzz Lowdermilk, but Martin would direct multiple episodes of The Waverly Wonders, Archie Bunker's Place, Flo, Mama's Family, and Brothers. In the 1990s he also had occasional guest acting spots on Coach, 3rd Rock From the Sun, Baywatch, The Nanny, and Diagnosis Murder. in 1998 he appeared in his director son Richard Martin's feature film Air Bud: Golden Receiver. His last screen credit came in the 2001 feature film version of Herman Melville's classic short story Bartleby, though he contributed to several TV specials and documentaries such as Biography from 2000-2007. In 2002, he and Rowan were given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (for Rowan the honor was postuhumous). Late in life Martin developed respiratory problems that could be traced back to his teenage bout with tuberculosis, and he passed away on May 24, 2008 at the age of 86.
Naked City and I'm Dickens, He's Fenster before being cast as Vivian Vance's sometime on-screen boyfriend Eddie Collins on The Lucy Show. But as with Dick Martin's Harry Conners, Briggs' character was short-lived, appearing only 7 times over the first two seasons. Gunsmoke, Hazel, and Batman, while also supporting James Garner in The Wheeler Dealers in 1963. He worked with Lucille Ball again in a 1970 episode of Here's Lucy, but by that time was averaging only about 1 TV appearance per year, the last being Police Story in 1975, followed by an uncredited appearance in the feature film W.C. Fields and Me in 1976. He died a decade later on February 3, 1986 in Woodland Hills, California.
Notable Guest Stars(shown on the left, appeared in That Darn Cat!, The Gnome-Mobile, and The Boatniks and played Billy Nelson on Combat!) plays Chris' date Alan Harper. (shown on the right, appeared in To Kill a Mockingbird, The Americanization of Emily, and Escape From the Planet of the Apes and played Congressman Glen Morley on The Farmer's Daughter, John Monroe on My World and Welcome to It, Larry Krandall on Brothers and Sisters, Frank Buckman on Parenthood, and Dr. Seth Hazlitt on Murder, She Wrote) plays Jerry's math teacher Henry Taylor. Robert Rockwell (Phillip Boynton on Our Miss Brooks, Sam Logan on The Man From Blackhawk, Dean Chalmers and Will Thorne on Lassie, Tom Bishop on Diff'rent Strokes, Dr. Simon Hopkins on Days of Our Lives, and Wally Overmier on Growing Pains) plays YMCA resident Tom Bennett. Vito Scotti (Jose on The Deputy, Capt. Gaspar Fomento on The Flying Nun, Gino on To Rome With Love, and Mr. Velasquez on Barefoot in the Park) plays the YMCA fencing instructor. Gene O'Donnell (Judge Charles E. Webber on Peyton Place) plays Eddie Collins' friend Charley Graham.
Season 1, Episode 3, "Lucy Is a Referee": Dennis Rush (Howie Pruitt on The Andy Griffith Show) plays opposing football player Tony Lawrence. Roy Rowan (announcer for I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, Falcon Crest, and Dallas) plays the pro football game TV announcer.Dennis the Menace, Homer Bedloe on Petticoat Junction, Foster Phinney on The Beverly Hillbillies, Dale Busch on Karen, and Judge Anthony Petrillo on Soap) plays banker Mrs. Barnsdahl. Sandra Gould (played Mildred Webster on I Married Joan and Gladys Kravitz on Bewitched) plays his secretary Miss Thomas. Reta Shaw (Flora McCauley on The Ann Sothern Show, Thelma on The Tab Hunter Show, Mrs. Stanfield on Oh, Those Bells, and Martha Grant on The Ghost and Mrs. Muir) plays a grandmother at the carnival. Katie Sweet (Peggy Dayton on Bonanza and Tina Dearborn on Hank) plays her granddaughter Katie. Murvyn Vye (Lionel on The Bob Cummings Show) plays a carnival janitor. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet) plays sheep seller Mr. Evans. Charles Lane (see "Lucy Misplaces $2,000" above) returns as banker Mr. Barnsdahl. Eddie Quillan (starred in The Grapes of Wrath, Mandarin Mystery, Mutiny on the Bounty, and Hi, Good Lookin'! and played Eddie Edson on Julia and Poco Loco on Hell Town) plays photographer Mr. Vincent. The Beverly Hillbillies) plays NASA commander Jane Corey. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet) plays her friend Audrey Simmons. Richard Gittings (Bob Anderson on Days of Our Lives) plays the benefit concert M.C. Bachelor Father) plays TV repairman Herb. Lloyd Corrigan (starred in A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob, Hitler's Children, Captive Wild Woman, The Bandit of Sherwood Forest, and Son of Paleface and played Papa Dodger on Willy, Wally Dipple on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Ned Buntline on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Uncle Charlie on Happy, and Professor McKillup on Hank) plays dry cleaner Mr. Holly.
Season 1, Episode 10, "Vivian Sues Lucy": Charles Lane (see "Lucy Misplaces $2,000" above) returns as banker Mr. Barnsdahl.played Joe on One Man's Family) plays a catering delivery man. Gunsmoke) plays butcher Ernie. Tom Lowell (see "Lucy Waits Up for Chris" above) returns as Chris' boyfriend Alan Harper.