One of the most anticipated shows of the 1986-87 season was "Life with Lucy," Lucille Ball's return to weekly TV after 12 years. Ball's plan was to get the band back together by turning to the writers and cast members she'd worked with for decades in a show loaded with slapstick comedy and physical pratfalls. But Ball was 75 and her co-star, Gale Gordon, was 80 -- and, like them, the formula that had worked so well for Ball for years was showing its age.
I Loved Lucy: My Friendship with Lucille Ball, by Lee Tannen
"Lucy, Coming to Life," Tom Shales, The Washington Post, September 19, 1986
TV Party! Television's Untold Tales, by Billy Ingram
What Were They Thinking? The 100 Dumbest Events in Television History, by David Hoftstede