American Masters explores the incredible life of Lucille Ball - the first female television superstar and first female head of a major studio.
Finding Lucy encores Thursday, December 1 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). The film is produced and directed by Pamela Mason Wagner, and written by Thomas Wagner. When I Love Lucy debuted October 15, 1951, the show became an instant sensation, defining the situation comedy format, driving thousands of viewers to television for the first time, and turning its unlikely star, Lucille Ball, into a legend.
"To say that Lucille Ball was a phenomenon is an understatement," says Susan Lacy, creator and executive producer of American Masters, which has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Primetime Non-Fiction Series for five of the last six years. "Through sheer determination and hard work, this one woman fundamentally changed the broadcast industry forever and demolished preconceived notions about women, both at home and at work. We can still feel Lucy's influence and relevance today."