Life With Lucy
Life With Lucy
Life With Lucy

In 1986, the very short-lived Life With Lucy aired, this time with Lucille Ball playing a Grandmother. Life With Lucy co-starred her friend, Gale Gordon, along with Donovan Scott, Larry Anderson, Ann Dusenberry, Jenny Lewis and Philip J. Amelia.

Lucille Ball, now 75 years old, plays Lucy Barker, an energetic, health-conscious grandmother who comes to live in South Pasadena with her daughter Margo, son-in-law Ted and their two kids, Becky and Kevin. Back to play in the show was 80 year-old Gale Gordon, who plays Ted's father as well as Lucy's deceased husband's partner, Curtis MacGibbon. He also moves into the house during the first episode. Curtis runs a hardware store, M&B Hardware, in South Pasadena, and Lucy decides since she inherited half ownership when her husband Sam died, that she'll 'help out' as partner at the store.

Life With Lucy was canceled after only two months (8 aired episodes total) due to anemic ratings that kept getting worse as the weeks wore on. This may have been possibly due to the Saturday night airing as well as the acting of Ann Dusenberry who played Margo and Larry Anderson who played Ted, which was not up to par with the Comedic Genius of Lucy. Sadly, an aging Lucy found it difficult to attempt the kind of "serious" physical comedy and split-second timing at which she had once excelled, and she recognized that to do so would result in a caricature of herself.

Four episodes were filmed that were never shown during the original network run. Aaron Spelling, who produced the show, donated all the episodes of Life With Lucy to the Lucy-Desi Museum in Jamestown, New York.

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