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1953: Little Ricky is born on 'I Love Lucy'
January 19, 2017  | By Linda Donovan
 

On this day in 1953, “Lucy Ricardo” gave birth to “Little Ricky” on I Love Lucy.  Not coincidentally, the airdate was also the same day Lucille Ball gave birth (by scheduled Caesarean section) to Desi Arnaz, Jr., her second child with husband and co-star Desi Arnaz. “Lucy Goes to the Hospital” was tuned in by an estimated 68 percent of American households (though some estimates put the number as high as 75 percent), the most-watched program up to that point. A few months later, Desi Arnaz, Jr. appeared on the very first cover of TV Guide.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for under $20.

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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