Tuesday, August 6, 2013
31 Day TV Challenge: Day 6
Day 6 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: Groundbreaking Television. While most sitcoms aired live or were filmed like a movie with one camera and adding canned laughter, this show pioneered the studio audience with a 3 camera filming technique which became a staple for all sitcoms to follow that had live studio audiences. Beyond that (and why I'm saying it was groundbreaking) when Lucille Ball became pregnant and the show wouldn't be able to keep it's episode count commitment to the network, Desi Arnaz decided to show the filmed episodes from season one to give Lucy a break. This is widely considered the birth of the "rerun". Now considering the way I watch TV, if it weren't for reruns, I wouldn't have a thing to watch without the contribution of I LOVE LUCY! Also, Happy Birthday Lucy!