Monthly Archives: September 2008

Lucy and Ricky, of course! But Lucy and James?

James Doohan and the cast of TV's "Star Trek"

James Doohan and the cast of TV

Everybody knows about the pop culture legacy of Lucy and Ricky. But Lucy and James? In our Segment #2 with James Doohan, titled “Trek’s Rocky Start,” you hear the “Star Trek” star talk about the unlikely connection between “I Love Lucy” and the show that boldly went where no show had gone before.

It’s interesting entertainment industry and pop culture history — and it’s now playing on the RerunIt.com Home Page.

And speaking of bolding going where no show had gone before, actually, “Star Trek” wasn’t alone in space. Competing for sci-fi audiences in the late 1960’s was the series from producer Irwin Allen, “Lost in Space.” Coming soon to RerunIt.com, you’ll see three interesting and, we hope, entertaining, clips with actor Bill Mumy, a/k/a Will Robinson.

In the meantime, the RerunIt Shop has “Star Trek” on DVD in its various releases. Add to — or start — your own personal collection at special RerunIt prices.

As we prepare to launch our salute to “Lost in Space,” which camp do you fall into? Most TV sci-fi fans were/are either “Space” people or “Trek” people (my own term). Given that it’s election season, I’m taking a poll. Post your opinion here on our RerunIt Audience Page. Log in or sign up and then log in to participate.

Thanks for being a RerunIt! (Also my own term! 🙂 )

From Los Angeles, Brad Lemack.

“Marsha, Marsha, Marsha” …

"The Brady Bunch" premiered on American television on September 26, 1969.

I was genuinely thrilled to learn that Robert Reed was going to be a guest on my TV talk show in the early 1990’s. Like a lot of people, I grew up watching “The Brady Bunch” on television and was really looking forward to hearing his perspective on the series and its enduring legacy.

What I discovered was a man who took his role on that family comedy very seriously. He talked about a sense of responsibility he felt playing the role of Mike Brady that he carried with him.

It was no secret that Robert’s view of how some things ought to be played often clashed with the show’s producers. In fact, in upcoming segments, you will be able to watch clips from our interview with “Brady Bunch” (and “Gilligan’s Island”) creator and producer Sherwood Schwartz as he talks about life on “The Brady Bunch” set.

After the series went off the air, it returned in some alternate formats and specials for a while. Then, the producers approached the cast about doing a reunion series. Robert, putting his sense of responsibility before his desire for another paycheck, had some rather strong feelings about the idea, which he talked about, with rather candid remarks, in our interview.

His fascinating comments, when watched today, put an interesting spin on how we may view the legacy of both the series and his role in it.

Nice guy, articulate guest, never a doubt where he stands. That was the impression I took away from my time with Robert. I hope you enjoy watching our Segment #2 with him, titled “The Danger of a Reunion,” now playing.

If you’re a “Brady Bunch” fan and interested in starting up or adding to your collection of the show’s episodes on DVD, be sure to visit the RerunIt Shop where you can purchase “The Brady Bunch” on DVD at a great price.

Got a favorite “Brady Bunch” episode? Tell us about it by your comments here.

Thanks for joining us.

From Los Angeles, Brad Lemack

Self-expression, at any cost, always has its price, as a young Isabel Sanford discovered

Isabel Sanford and Sherman Hemsley, stars of "The Jeffersons"

Isabel Sanford and Sherman Hemsley, stars of the long running, hit series "The Jeffersons"

Self-expression takes many forms when we’re kids. Some play sports; some play in theatre in school. Still others dance, draw, write or paint. For a young Isabel Sanford, being home alone posed a unique set of challenges. Long before we knew the term (or the meaning of the words) “latch key kid,” Isabel spent a lot of her childhood at home, alone, in the hours between the end of the school day and when her mother would come in from work.

Isabel was always getting into some kind of mischief, but her mother was arriving home too tired to do anything about it. Until, one day …

Well, you’ll just have to watch our Segment #2 with the Emmy Award-winning star of “The Jeffersons,” Isabel Sanford, now playing. It’s titled “A ‘Challenged’ Childhood” — and, clearly, it was exactly that for both Isabel and her mother.

Isabel tells a very funny story that provides some good laughs, but also gives some unique insight into where she developed the focus, the strength and the tenacity to achieve the remarkable career she earned.

Your comments on Segment #2 are invited!

From Los Angeles, Brad Lemack

The Two Kane “Camps” – Is One Batman Better Than Another? You Decide!

"Dark, brooding" or "campy" - Batman fans have their favorite - Do you?

"Dark, brooding" or "campy" - Batman fans have their favorite - Do you?

Bob Kane was well aware that there were/still are two distinct Batman camps. One group (made up mostly of us Baby Boomers) are big fans of the campy late-1960’s television series; the other (made up mostly of the under 50 crowd — although some Baby Boomers have also claimed membership in this group, too) are big fans of the darker, more, as Bob put it, “Brooding version” depicted in the feature films. Both “versions” are available on DVD and they’re all available for purchase in the RerunIt Shop.

In our Segment #3 with Batman creator Bob Kane, he talks about these two camps and which version he preferred. Even the creator had his preferences. I wonder if you’ll agree with him. Post your comments here by first logging in or by setting up a RerunIt Audience Page user name and password and join in.

Bob Kane, Segment #3, “Two Camps,” now playing exclusively and always on-demand on the RerunIt.com Home Page.

You can also watch Segments #1 and #2 with Bob Kane whenever you like and rerun them. You’ll find them in the Rerun Library on the Home Page.

From Los Angeles, Brad Lemack.

Beyond Republican or Democrat Values, “Lucy’s” Universal Appeal Remains Rooted in the Core of What Makes Us All Tick

"I Love Lucy" - A Matter of "Universal Appeal"

"I Love Lucy" - A Matter of "Universal Appeal"

Desi Arnaz was a big believer in the importance of understanding and speaking to the human “condition.” In our latest interview segment with Desi, posted today, he talks about the common denominator in all of us: we’re all “people.”

Regardless of the work we do, the relationships we have and the political parties we affiliate with, at our core, we are all the same. The was Desi’s point. As he put it, “At the end of a long day, we all just want to come home, relax and live our lives.” That’s not an exact quote; but, it’s close enough. Watch the segment.

His point is that the universal success of “I Love Lucy” and the enduring popularity of the characters is rooted in the universal appeal and universal recognition of the life and relationship situations Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel always seem to find themselves in.

It’s a fascinating commentary on how and why “I Love Lucy” has become such an important part of American pop culture — and who better to hear a perspective on it that the guy who was there through it all.

Desi Arnaz, Segment #2, “Universal Appeal.” Now playing on the Home Page.

If you are a “Lucy” fan, tell us why you think the series has remained so consistently popular around the world. Post your comments here.

Thank you!

From Los Angeles, Brad Lemack.