On November 6, 1957 “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour” premiered on CBS. The series consisted of hour long specials that followed the lives of the Ricardos and Mertezes as they move to Westport, Connecticut. Ricky had now become owner of The Babalu Club, in which he commuted to New York, with Fred as his band manager, while Lucy and Ethel continued on with their daily lives, often getting into trouble. The show was a reflection of the changing of the times in the 1950’s, in which the growth of the suburbs was showing popularity.
One of the key parts of the series was having a celebrity guest for each show, in which Lucy will often interact in some shape or from with a celebrity, leading to some form of debauchery. Some of the guest stars included Betty Grable and Harry James, Fernando Lamas, Rudy Valle, Maurice Chevalier, Milton Berle, Ida Lupino and Howard Duff, and Tallulah Bankhead (who appears as Lucy’s neighbor in “The Celebrity Next Door”).
A scene from “The Celebrity Next Door” where Lucy invites Tallulah Bankhead for dinner, and enlists the Mertzes to pretend to be a maid and butler in order to impress her:
The series is meant to be seen as a continuation of “I Love Lucy,” with a total of 13 hour-long specials.