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(The Hollywood Reporter)   William Asher, best known for directing classic shows such as I Love Lucy, Bewitched, and the Patty Duke Show, and for being lucky enough to nail Elizabeth Montgomery, is dead at age 90   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 46
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2012-07-17 01:40:55 PM  
Lucky bastard!
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2012-07-17 01:55:52 PM  

Crewmannumber6: Lucky bastard!
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Indeed.
 
2012-07-17 02:01:42 PM  
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2012-07-17 02:02:17 PM  
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R.I.P. Asher Roth.
 
2012-07-17 02:09:10 PM  
He also directed the Frankie and Annette Beach Party movies.
 
2012-07-17 02:09:33 PM  

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Who cares if she weighs the same as a duck? She was one hot witch!
 
2012-07-17 02:14:34 PM  
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Hail to the King, baby!
 
2012-07-17 02:17:57 PM  
Remove "sad" replace with "HERO"

What a life.
 
2012-07-17 02:24:21 PM  
Good night, director man. Thanks for your work.

/when I was little we had a Siamese cat named Samantha, for the character.
 
2012-07-17 02:25:47 PM  

Crewmannumber6: Lucky bastard!
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mmhmmm
 
2012-07-17 02:38:07 PM  
As hot as she was, even she had to mix things up a bit to keep the excitement. Montgomery has stated in interviews that whenever playing Samantha's brunette sister, Serena, she'd take the wig & costume home at night to stimulate Asher.
 
2012-07-17 02:45:10 PM  
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2012-07-17 02:49:20 PM  

zappaisfrank:


her cousin was hotter
 
2012-07-17 02:55:56 PM  
Love these things

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and Elizabeth too.
 
2012-07-17 03:07:50 PM  
Awesome. An EM thread.

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/first crush
 
2012-07-17 03:09:06 PM  
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RIP Usher
 
2012-07-17 03:14:54 PM  
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2012-07-17 03:27:48 PM  
Elizabeth Montgomery. Perfection embodied.
 
2012-07-17 03:57:49 PM  
one of my very first TV crushes, her and Diana Rigg
 
2012-07-17 04:03:15 PM  
You younger Farkers may will want to Google the European version of Miss Montgomery's "Lizzie Borden " movie.
 
2012-07-17 04:06:59 PM  
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2012-07-17 04:32:39 PM  
Lucille Ball, Patty Duke, and Elizabeth Montgomery?

Yes please.
 
2012-07-17 05:02:09 PM  

MorePeasPlease: Lucille Ball, Patty Duke, and Elizabeth Montgomery?

Yes please.


Knock yourself out

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2012-07-17 05:12:19 PM  

cleveoh: You younger Farkers may will want to Google the European version of Miss Montgomery's "Lizzie Borden " movie.


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Mmmmmm.... crazy eyes...

/as for Asher... he had two stints on I Love Lucy... a long stretch from season 2 until season 5, IIRC, then he came back about midway through the final season to close out the show. And, he was co-creator of the Patty Duke Show, and executive producer of Bewitched. He dominated the 50s and 60s being involved with some of the most popular shows.

...and he was nailing Elizabeth Montgomery in her prime.

Hero, indeed.
 
2012-07-17 05:47:05 PM  
Don't forget how he out maneuvered Lucy Lawless as well.
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2012-07-17 05:50:01 PM  
Elizabeth "Samantha" Mongomery vs. Barbara "Jeannie" Eden in their primes. Debate, farkers.
 
2012-07-17 06:03:43 PM  

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: one of my very first TV crushes, her and Diana Rigg


Are we the same person?

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2012-07-17 06:03:56 PM  
Rich != Lucky
 
2012-07-17 06:30:27 PM  

pjlawrence81: Elizabeth "Samantha" Mongomery vs. Barbara "Jeannie" Eden in their primes. Debate, farkers.


Throw in Julie Newmar and you have a deal.
 
2012-07-17 06:31:11 PM  

pjlawrence81: Elizabeth "Samantha" Mongomery vs. Barbara "Jeannie" Eden in their primes. Debate, farkers.


I wouldn't turn either of them out of bed, but I'll have to go with Montgomery.
 
2012-07-17 06:32:42 PM  
(of course, I'd have done Carolyn Jones in full Morticia get-up, so I may not be the sanest person to ask.

DON'T YOU JUDGE ME!!!)
 
2012-07-17 06:45:22 PM  
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RIP Dasher.
 
2012-07-17 08:11:32 PM  

pjlawrence81: Elizabeth "Samantha" Mongomery vs. Barbara "Jeannie" Eden in their primes. Debate, farkers.


Eden.

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2012-07-17 08:56:04 PM  

AdolfOliverPanties: pjlawrence81: Elizabeth "Samantha" Mongomery vs. Barbara "Jeannie" Eden in their primes. Debate, farkers.

Eden.

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Eden had the nicer rack, bit overall, I'm going with EM
 
2012-07-17 09:21:35 PM  
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2012-07-17 10:37:49 PM  

AdolfOliverPanties: Eden.


He definitely knew both in their prime. His third-from-last episode of "I Love Lucy," Country Club Dance, featured 19-year-old Barbara Eden as the guest star. (I believe he directed Lucy Raises Tulips, the next-to-last episode, as well but IMDB does not credit any director on that.) He didn't marry Elizabeth Montgomery until 1963. (His adopted son, John Asher, from a second marriage to Joyce Bulifant, was married to Jenny McCarthy. They can get the womens.)

But as noted earlier, no one should underestimate what he did on I Love Lucy. The series' first director, the equally-pioneering Marc Daniels, left after one season. Asher was a no-nonsense take charge kind of guy who nonetheless faced an equally domineering type in Lucille Ball, who would have virtually no idea how to play any joke at the table read but would rehearse it over and over and over and over, alone and on the set, until she had mastered it. Hours and hours and hours. He figured out how to make that work starting with Job Switching, the famous episode with the candy conveyor belt, and continuing through Lucy's pregnancy (a first for TV), the Hollywood trip, repeated set changes for different places and apartments (all in the same studios), and did anyone mention that this was all on the very first filmed three-camera sitcom, something Desi Arnaz invented to do this show in California?

Even if this were all Asher had done, he'd literally have been instrumental in inventing television as we know it. But then he went on to do much, much more. There would be no TV Land without Asher.

/not that there is one now, at least for me
//I have DirecTV
///I hear TV Land is still on, though
 
2012-07-17 11:16:01 PM  

Buzzerguy: AdolfOliverPanties: Eden.

He definitely knew both in their prime. His third-from-last episode of "I Love Lucy," Country Club Dance, featured 19-year-old Barbara Eden as the guest star. (I believe he directed Lucy Raises Tulips, the next-to-last episode, as well but IMDB does not credit any director on that.) He didn't marry Elizabeth Montgomery until 1963. (His adopted son, John Asher, from a second marriage to Joyce Bulifant, was married to Jenny McCarthy. They can get the womens.)

But as noted earlier, no one should underestimate what he did on I Love Lucy. The series' first director, the equally-pioneering Marc Daniels, left after one season. Asher was a no-nonsense take charge kind of guy who nonetheless faced an equally domineering type in Lucille Ball, who would have virtually no idea how to play any joke at the table read but would rehearse it over and over and over and over, alone and on the set, until she had mastered it. Hours and hours and hours. He figured out how to make that work starting with Job Switching, the famous episode with the candy conveyor belt, and continuing through Lucy's pregnancy (a first for TV), the Hollywood trip, repeated set changes for different places and apartments (all in the same studios), and did anyone mention that this was all on the very first filmed three-camera sitcom, something Desi Arnaz invented to do this show in California?

Even if this were all Asher had done, he'd literally have been instrumental in inventing television as we know it. But then he went on to do much, much more. There would be no TV Land without Asher.

/not that there is one now, at least for me
//I have DirecTV
///I hear TV Land is still on, though


Daniels was no slouch, either. Vitameatavegimin, anyone? He was hired to be I Love Lucy's first director as he had big time experience as one of TV's first directors of live plays. Desi got (took?) all the credit for 'inventing' the filmed live sitcom, but it was actually Daniels and cinematographer Karl Freund who worked out the mechanics of rehearsing, blocking and the mechanics of filming a live comedy. the first few Lucys are very rough, but it got good VERY quick. Daniels had more than a few problems with Lucy being a total biatch, so perhaps that is why he left. Asher got to take over what was basically a machine that had all of its parts in place and oiled.

All Daniels ended up doing was becoming perhaps the busiest director in Sixties TV, with the ability to do both drama AND comedy. And ironically ended up working a great deal of the time at Desilu. Most importantly , he ended up 'saving' Star Trek. The first two Trek shows shot in regular production both went way over time and budget, and NBC was wondering if they would ever bring one in on time. Daniels comes in and does two shows in a row - both done on time and on the money. The first ended up being the series opener, The Man Trap, and the second was the classic The Naked Time . He showed you COULD shoot a Trek episode on time, AND make it good also. So he ended up directing as many Treks as any director - and his are almost all Classic Trek - Doomsday Machine, anyone? Mirror Mirror?? And when HE passed away, the irony was that it was just a few short days prior to Lucy dying, so apparently she needed a director even There...

and RIP Mr Asher - I did not mean to denigrate his talent -- it would have been VERY easy to screw I.L.L. up with the wrong hands. And the Beach Party movies are fun, too!

And getting BOTH Liz Montgomery and Joyce Builafant!
 
2012-07-17 11:30:51 PM  

Buzzerguy: Lucy's pregnancy (a first for TV)


OK, I'm a middle-aged manly guy but "We're Having a Baby, My Baby and Me" makes me cry every time.
 
2012-07-17 11:42:15 PM  

jaytkay: Buzzerguy: Lucy's pregnancy (a first for TV)

OK, I'm a middle-aged manly guy but "We're Having a Baby, My Baby and Me" makes me cry every time.


Well...it should! There is more genuine emotion in that five minutes than in any reality crapola show of today. Especially if you understand that before she had Lucie and Desi Jr, Lucy had had a terrible history of miscarriages...
 
2012-07-18 12:06:17 AM  

zeppo:

Daniels was no slouch, either. Vitameatavegimin, anyone? He was hired to be I Love Lucy's first director as he had big time experience as one of TV's first directors of live plays. Desi got (took?) all the credit for 'inventing' the filmed live sitcom, but it was actually Daniels and cinematographer Karl Freund who worked out the mechanics of rehearsing, blocking and the mechanics of filming a live comedy. the first few Lucys are very rough, but it got good VERY quick. Daniels had more than a few problems with Lucy being a total biatch, so perhaps that is why he left. Asher got to take over what was basically a machine that had all of its parts in place and oiled.


IIRC, The beginning of the modern 35 mm three camera method was Desi stumbling around for a way to keep his show in LA, shooting off his mouth by telling the network "We'll record it live to film!", and then having the method and all the details perfected by guys like Daniels and Freund. Freund, especially, was important to the process since he developed the lighting techniques necessary to make three camera filmed shows work.

However, three camera 16 mm filming was already in use elsewhere in Hollywood.
 
2012-07-18 01:46:34 AM  

pjlawrence81: Elizabeth "Samantha" Mongomery vs. Barbara "Jeannie" Eden in their primes. Debate, farkers.


Hmm, I've always had a bit of a boyish crush on Montgomery, but for a pure romp in the sack I'd go with Eden as long as she agreed not to talk too much.
 
2012-07-18 03:03:59 AM  

pjlawrence81: Elizabeth "Samantha" Mongomery vs. Barbara "Jeannie" Eden in their primes. Debate, farkers.


That's easy. Say you're getting hot and heavy with either, and you ask her for a little "something special".

One has to cross her arms and nod, with all the possible logistical danger that implies.

All the other has to do is wiggle her nose.

EM ftw.
 
2012-07-18 03:24:32 AM  
Those boots do it to me everytime in that TZ episode with her and Bronson.
Oh, and Serena was hotter.
 
2012-07-18 08:35:14 AM  
Elizabeth Montgomery....Barbara Eden....Jullie Newmar.... Damn Wells.....Dianna Rigg....Oh the 1960's TV fantasies still live strong....
 
2012-07-18 08:44:29 AM  
I never say this about anyone, but Elizabeth Montgomery was perfection.... Her and Natalie Wood... sigh...
 
2012-07-18 06:55:55 PM  

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WHAT MOVIE DAT?
 
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