We still love Lucille Ball, and now she has a podcast debuting on Sirius XM
In 1964, Lucille Ball was starring in her second hit CBS sitcom, “The Lucy Show,” while serving as managing director of Desilu, one of Hollywood’s largest independent television production companies at the time.
But the comedic actress, whose legacy was already solidified by the ever-popular “I Love Lucy”, still found time to do a daily 10-minute radio show for the CBS radio network called “Let’s Talk Lucy” . Using his own portable reel tape recorder, Ball sat down and chatted with the biggest stars in show business at the time, many of whom were his friends.
Starting Thursday, all 240 episodes of “Let’s Talk to Lucy” will air on a SiriusXM Satellite Radio pop-up channel, the first time they have been publicly available since airing on the radio. After a limited time of three weeks, shows will be presented as podcasts that can be downloaded or streamed through the SXM app, Stitcher, Pandora and other platforms.
The Show Cache features conversations with major stars of the era, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Mary Tyler Moore, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Barbra Streisand, and behind-the-scenes personalities such as costume designer Edith Head and makeup artist Hal. King.
The Unearthed Programs are the latest iteration of a Lucy’s rebirth that has erupted in recent years. Aaron Sorkin directs “Being the Ricardos”, a feature film depicting a week in the life of Ball and her Cuban conductor husband, Desi Arnaz, when “I Love Lucy” was the most watched show during peak hours. listened to in the 1950s. The film stars Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem.
Imagine Documentaries and White Horse Pictures have an upcoming documentary on Ball and Arnaz directed by Amy Poehler. It examines the couple’s personal and professional relationships. Both films are made with the cooperation of Ball’s estate.
There is a lot to explore. “I Love Lucy” revolutionized television by being the first sitcom filmed with three cameras in front of a live audience. Its success allowed Arnaz and Ball to launch their own studio which produced hits such as “The Untouchables”, “Mission: Impossible” and “Star Trek”.
“Let’s Talk to Lucy” tapes surfaced during the search for the documentary, according to Ball’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz. Between his own stage performances and concerts, Arnaz has managed the voluminous archives of his mother and father since their deaths over 30 years ago, rummaging through garages, basements and storage facilities in both. ribs.
“He’s my nemesis and the greatest joy of my life for 30 years,” Arnaz said in a telephone interview from his home in Palm Springs. “You make a first pass to the right which is: ‘What is it? Should I throw it away? And then many years later you go through it for another reason – for a documentary – and you watch it differently. “
Arnaz remembers his mother recording the “Let’s Talk to Lucy” interviews in a room in the Desilu lot which is now part of Paramount Studios in Hollywood. Sometimes Ball would carry the bulky tape recorder to meet a celebrity off-site. The conversations went beyond the pitying of show business.
“She asks them questions about life in general, or” If you could be anyone in the history of the world, who would you like to be? “” said Arnaz.
The tapes have never been lost. But until recently, Arnaz never thought there would be a market for them. This time around, she called her parents’ longtime lawyer, Dixon Dern, for advice. Dern put her in touch with Judy Pastore of Spotted Dog Entertainment, who recognized how “Let’s Talk Lucy” could reach new audiences through streaming and podcasting.
The program was quickly snapped up by SiriusXM, who will feature them on Channel 104 before making them available as a podcast. Along with the original episodes that aired on CBS for a year, contemporary celebrities such as Poehler, Tiffany Haddish, Debra Messing, Rosie O’Donnell and Ron Howard will be heard in new segments answering questions asked by Ball on the show.
Ball is one of the few stars to cross generational lines, as “I Love Lucy” continues to find audiences on streaming platforms such as Paramount +, Hulu and Amazon. The series was a major hit in broadcast and cable syndication for decades after its six-year airing on CBS.
Arnaz has his own theory about the enduring popularity of his parents’ creation.
“It’s not just funny,” she said. “It’s so full of unconditional love. When we turn it on, we can laugh, but in the end, it also feels like it’s okay to screw it up and someone is going to love you anyway. anyway. I think we all need to know that, and this show gives it to you every time you watch it. “