Having A 'Ball' On The Lucy Show And Here's Lucy!
By | September 19, 2017
Two years after her divorce from Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball returned to TV in 1962 with her own wacky sitcom, “The Lucy Show”. The series ran for six seasons and because of this Desilu Production, series like Star Trek and Mission: Impossible came to light. Desilu executive Ed Holly stated, 'I told Lucy, 'If we do these [Star Trek and Mission: Impossible] and are unfortunate enough to sell them as series, we're going to have to sell the company and go bankrupt.' Lucy understood that Star Trek, if it worked, could be big. There had never been anything like it on TV, and if it hit, it would bring in money from the merchandise and reruns. Although it was a gamble, she made the call. In November of 1964 production began on the first Star Trek pilot.
Lucille requested to have her co-star Vivian Vance from “I Love Lucy” as her sidekick on the new show. Vivian asked that her new character be named Vivian as well, so there wasn’t any confusion with her old character Ethel. Lucy Carmichael was a widow and Vivian Bagley was a divorcee, which was very controversial back then. On the show, Lucy’s character had a son and daughter, Jerry and Chris. Vivian’s character had a son named Sherman. After Lucy’s husband passes away and Vivian is a recent divorcee, they all move in together sharing a house. And of course, Gale Gordon played her grumpy boss, banker Mr. Mooney with Lucy as his bumbling personal secretary.