premiered in 1951, no one could have predicted that it would become one of television’s most beloved and enduring programs of all time.
But a combination of innovative filming techniques, the dogged perfectionism of star Lucille Ball, top-notch writing, the “can do” attitude of the production staff, and the business savvy of Desi Arnaz, topped the Nielsen ratings for four out of its six seasons and picked up a handful of Emmys along the way.
And even though the show’s main stars couldn’t stay married to one another (Lucy and Desi divorced in 1960, after 20 years of marriage), they remained the best of friends.
Questo monumento é tutelato dall'Unesco come bene dell'umanità!!Ma il "Comune" di Roma non riesce a tutelarne l'immagine permettendo che, difronte al colonnato che fu voluto dall'imperatore Adriano e che sta lì da circa 19 secoli, ci stazioni una bancarella di "cianfrusaglie" la cui licenza é bel lungi dal essere rispettata!Lucille and Desi wanted to work in Los Angeles, near their home and their new baby daughter Lucie. wasn’t wired for television from coast-to-coast; shows broadcast live could only be transmitted so far.But in 1951 the majority of television shows were broadcast from New York, and that’s where sponsor Philip Morris wanted their show to originate as well. As a result, such shows were preserved on kinescopes (a movie camera aimed at a TV monitor that recorded the show in negligible quality) and shipped to distant stations.Arnaz had a successful career touring the country with his rhumba band, which was one of the reasons Lucille wanted him to get cast as her TV husband—to keep him off the road and close to home.