What am I currently watching on television? Well, not much on network television that is! My cable channels of preference are the Travel Channel, TV Land, The Food Network and Home & Garden Television (aka HGTV).
This summer both the Food Network and HGTV have been running “reality-type” shows. On the Food Network it’s been “The Next Food Network Star”, where contestants are picked from thousands of applicants, come to New York City to compete for their own show on the Food Network. This past Sunday night was the finale for this season! If you’ve been following the show, you know that they had three finalists that came back to New York to compete in the final showdown. My votes went to Adam, from Philadelphia. I liked him from the beginning, his humor, and how he did in the finale with his “show”. The finalists had to create their own show, with the help of Food Network staff, and then went on air! From this they were judged, and the winner declared. Aaron, from Camden, NJ came home the winner, with his show “Big Daddy’s Kitchen”. I can’t wait to see the show as it premiers this coming Sunday at 1:30 pm. Good luck Aaron!
Following the “Next Food Network Star” came HGTV’s “Next Design Star”, where again, a number of contestants from across the country descended on Nashville, TN to become the star of their own HGTV show. This week the two remaining finalists were flown to New Orleans, and their challenge was to rebuild and design the kitchen, dining room and living room of two families who lost everything in 2005 hurricane. It was touching to hear the stories of the homeowners, and to see their rooms go from bare studded walls and floors to beautiful new rooms! Each designer is very deserving of being the next design star and having their very own HGTV show! I don’t know who will be the winner — Matt or Jennifer! It’s very hard to vote! We find out next Sunday who wins!
Perhaps my all-time favorite television show from childhood through adulthood is “I Love Lucy”. Those that know me are fully aware of my fascination with this classic t.v. show! As a child I vividly remember watching this program on a black and white television and having a blast discovering the antics of Lucy and Ethel and how they exasperated Ricky and Fred each week! Back then, these shows in reruns, were “new” episodes for me, ones I had never seen before.
As years went by I would watch them over and over, and today, I am sure I’ve seen many of them dozens of time! I even know the dialogue in many of the episodes! Over the past several years I have been fortunate enough to acquire the entire series on high quality DVD’s! Lucy will be around for many years to come!
What is my favorite episode? Well, you may think the Lucy and Ethel in the chocolate factory episode, but the one I think is classic Lucy is when she discovers new neighbors moving into an apartment in the building (at 623 E 68th Street, which is upper Manhattan, but this address does not exist as I’ve found out through research – it was fictitious – but I do have a photo of a street sign taken along E 68th Street from a trip to New York City in 1996), and Ricky forbids her to go “visit” them. When did Lucy every take Ricky’s advice?!? She sneaks into the apartment to “just look around” and discovers the tenants are about to enter. Quickly, in true Lucy style, she heads to a closet and attempts to figure out a way to escape! Soon we see Lucy as a “chair” — she’s put on a slip cover and transformed herself into a chair!! It’s hilarious to see Lucy, hidden underneath the slip cover, in one of her best comedic performances!
I’d be interested to hear what you favorite Lucy episode is! (Do you know what the Ricardo’s phone number was? Murray Hill 5-9099. What was their apartment number, the one with the window? 3-D).