Monthly Archives: October 2008

The adventures of the “Space” family Robinson

The Robinson family, one unexpected stowaway and an environmental robot where launched into space aboard the Jupiter II, in the 1965 series "Lost in Space."

The Robinson family, one unexpected stowaway and an environmental robot where launched into space aboard the Jupiter II, in the 1965 series.

I was a huge “Lost in Space” fan. I am a huge “Lost in Space” fan. When the series premiered in 1965, it was a must-see for me on Wednesday nights on CBS. I was thrilled to have the opportunity, in the early 1990’s, to sit and chat with series co-star Bill Mumy, a/k/a Will Robinson. I was in fan heaven being able to hear some behind-the-scenes stories and a personal perspective from someone who there right from the start. It was a lot of fun.

In our first video segment with Bill, now playing on the RerunIt Home Page, Bill talks about the success of the series that endures even now, over 40 years later. “The Enduring Popularity of ‘Space’,” our Segment 1 with Bill Mumy, now playing on-demand.

By the way, DVDs of the series are available in the RerunIt Shop at special prices, if you want to add to your collection of favorite TV shows on DVD or start a collection with some of your “Lost in Space” favorites. I have all of them, but, admittedly, I’m a little biased. 🙂 I love the pilot, which is included on the first DVD, as well as an unaired pilot, which is great fun to watch.

Thanks for tuning in!

From Los Angeles, Brad Lemack.

“But can you do the Scottish accent?”

James Doohan, in his post "Star Trek" days, was much more than Scotty.

James Doohan, in his post-"Star Trek" days, sought to be more than just Scotty.

An actor acts … and on the journey to a career, all actors dream for a role that will define their career. James Doohan got his wish. His role as Scotty on the legendary series “Star Trek” gave him an identity, an income and a image that was often tough to shed in the post-“Trek” series days.

Indeed, an actor acts. And while an actor’s career is filled with lots of credits, the joy of landing that singular role that ends up defining a career can often be a double-edged sword.

Jame and I talked in our early 1990’s interview about trying to move on to other roles, while still embracing the fame and the fans “Star Trek” joyfully brought to him. “More Than Scotty,” our exclusive interview Segment #3, now playing exclusively on the RerunIt.com Home Page.

Enjoy!

From Los Angeles, Brad Lemack.

The TV industry loves Arnaz as much as TV audiences love Lucy

Driving full speed ahead into a television legacy, "I Love Lucy," under the helm of co-star and producer Desi Arnaz, introduced a revolutionary new way to make sit-com television.

Driving full speed ahead into a television legacy, "I Love Lucy," under the helm of co-star and executive producer Desi Arnaz, introduced a revolutionary, new way to create, produce and rerun sit-com television.

Desilu Studios wasn’t famous just because of “I Love Lucy.” The pioneering spirit of Desi Arnaz was responsible for inventing and introducing the multi-camera format for shooting television sit-coms.

Before Desilu came along, shows were filmed with one camera, like feature films, with each scene being shot from different angles again and again until all perspectives were covered. Desi proposed not only shooting “I Love Lucy” with several cameras at the same time, but also shooting it in front of a live, studio audience to ensure the laughter was at all times real and spontaneous.

This same concept that brought us the “I Love Lucy” episodes we all know and love and laugh at today is the same concept that brought us “The Jeffersons,” “Frasier,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and almost every other TV comedy produced.

When you think about the history of television, there is no greater innovative pioneer than Desi Arnaz.

Hearing him tell the story of how his multi-camera concept came to be is worth its weight in pop culture gold — and it’s now playing on the RerunIt.com Home Page. In his own words, you’ll hear, first-hand, this remarkable story that literally and figuratively forever changed the landscape of television.

If there is a episode or a season of “I Love Lucy” (or the entire series) that you just can’t live without, it’s now all in the RerunIt Shop available for purchase at special prices. There is also a special link of the RerunIt.com Home Page and at the top of the Audience Page to the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center, in Jamestown, New York (Lucy’s birthplace). If you can’t get there in person, check it out online. There is no greater destination for Lucy/Desi fans than this center and museum created to honor their legacy.

Thanks for tuning in!

From Los Angeles, Brad Lemack.