Friday, August 14, 2009

Lotsa Luck!

Lotsa Luck! NBC ran this single-season sitcom from 9/73 to 3/74. The main player was Dom DeLuise who was really in his prime when it came to the one-liners and firing the come-backs to fellow cast members which included Kathleen Freeman as his mother. You will be hard pressed to find a series on TV in 50s, 60s and 70s that she did not do something in. Loved her as the housekeeper (her normal role) in the "Topper" TV series in the early 50s. She worked right up to her death in 2001, with a voice-over role in "Shrek". A bit-part in the show was done by Jack Knight who's been working steady since 1973 and again, still hard working at age 71.
I have love Dom in nearly everything he did on TV and movies. In his case, the apple did not fall far from the tree. There's tons of father-son, mother-daughter actors in Hollywood but few look and act like this father-son pair.

David DeLuise, who's staring on the Teen comedy, "Wizards of Waverly Place" on the Dizzy Channel, looks - talks - walks - and acts like his dad. I think he's been wasted as a comic talent until now and the writers can't give him the space he deserves because it's a kid show. Sure do hope he gets his own show soon.

Now I've got to get off my lazy can and capture the theme song from "Lotsa Luck"!
Lotsa Luck was one of the USA's better efforts at redoing a good British sitcom. This was directly based on the hit series, "On the Buses" which ran from 1969-1973. Our USA version says it was "Created" by Carl Reiner (along with Bill Persky and Sam Denoff). If you take somebody else's product and just rework it, is that a 'creation'? I don't think so.
This has tons of guest stars you know by face if you're a classic TV fan. This includes Mel Carter in episode 14 and Ruth Buzzi in episode 15. And you can't miss a very, very young Suzanne Somers in episode 21.
For information about the 22-episode run, start at:

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