HOLLYWOOD—Sitcoms from Lucy and Ricky Ricardo trying to make it into show business to four friends sitting in a diner talking about nothing, sitcoms have always been TV audiences’ favorite form of entertainment for decades. Who could forget “Taxi,” “Gilligan’s Island,” “The Honeymooners,” “Cheers,” “All In The Family,” “The Andy Griffith Show?”
I must admit my all time favorite has always been “I Love Lucy.” The sitcom starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz ran on CBS from 1951 to 1957. The couple spent time with their neighbors and landlords Fred (William Frawley) and Ethel (Vivian Vance) as Lucy tried to break into show business. The couple’s son Little Ricky was portrayed by five actors as he grew up in real-life, including two sets of twins. The classic status of the show was attributed to the fact that Miss Ball spent hours perfecting the unique comedy that gave the show such brilliance.
Sitcoms are coming back in full force. You’ve seen “Fuller House,” coming back without the twins from “Full House.” Now, the cast of the hit sitcom Friends are reuniting for a two-hour special, according to NBC. Looks like the actors behind Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross have all signed up for the special, a tribute to director James Burrows.
According to reports, all six will appear. Fans of the show have been hoping for more than a decade to see Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer back on the screen again, however attempts have fallen short. Besides, “Friends,” Burrows was behind the camera for numerous sitcoms, including “Cheers,” “Taxi,” “Frasier” and “The Bob Newhart Show.”
The two-hour show is expected to feature cameos, sketches and appearances connected to the various series the director has worked on over the years. The special is scheduled to broadcast on February 21 on NBC, honoring his 1000th episode. It is an installment of NBC’s program “Crowded,” a sitcom starring Patrick Warburton and Carrie Preston that is scheduled to air later this year on the network.
While the must-see TV shows are some of the network’s most famous comedies, NBC has now shifted mostly to drama programs following struggles with viewership for its new comedies. Some of the new shows will premiere on the network this year. The TV shows “Crowded” and “You, Me & The Apocalypse” are two of the new shows planned. Some new comedies “Telenovela” and “Superstore” also made their debut on the network.
What a surprise! Khloe Kardashian, 31, is out promoting her new upcoming TV talk show “Kocktails with Khloe.” She appeared on Good Morning America and on the Howard Stern’s radio show to discuss the project. The “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” reality star looks extremely glamorous with her blond, sleek, bob and her weight loss. The author of “Strong Looks Better Naked,” has lost over 40 pounds since adopting a new lifestyle of diet and gym. Just goes to show hard work and perseverance goes a long way.
Rose’s Scoop: Nicky Hilton and hubby James Rothschild are expecting. Six months to the day the couple wed in July on the grounds of Kensington Palace, the London home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine-The Rothschild, billionaires as well, have a long history in European aristocracy. This month marks the 15th year I have been writing this column. Thank you for your continued readership and support!