24 episodes

For our third season, we're bringing you the iconic Lucy. How did a small-town girl who was told she had no talent become the funniest, most recognizable woman in America? From her early years as a model to her triumphant takeover of television, this is the story of Lucille Ball, as never heard before. Join host Ben Mankiewicz as he delves into the private world of America’s funniest redhead and hear for yourself the many triumphs and tragedies, with surprising revelations at every turn.

The Plot Thickens TCM

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 27 Ratings

For our third season, we're bringing you the iconic Lucy. How did a small-town girl who was told she had no talent become the funniest, most recognizable woman in America? From her early years as a model to her triumphant takeover of television, this is the story of Lucille Ball, as never heard before. Join host Ben Mankiewicz as he delves into the private world of America’s funniest redhead and hear for yourself the many triumphs and tragedies, with surprising revelations at every turn.

    Coming October 12: Lucy

    Coming October 12: Lucy

    From her early years as a model to her triumphant takeover of television, this is the story of Lucille Ball, as never heard before. Join host Ben Mankiewicz as he delves into the private world of America’s funniest redhead and hear for yourself the many triumphs and tragedies, with surprising revelations at every turn.

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    • 2 min
    The Devil’s Candy Bonus Episode

    The Devil’s Candy Bonus Episode

    Author Julie Salamon joins TCM Host Alicia Malone for a revealing interview about what you didn’t hear during our second season of The Plot Thickens.

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    • 41 min
    You’ve Got to be a Genius to Make a Movie This Bad

    You’ve Got to be a Genius to Make a Movie This Bad

    The Bonfire of the Vanities tanks with both critics and the moviegoing public.  Brian De Palma leads the autopsy, trying to understand how all these smart people made all the wrong decisions.  The only upside is for Julie Salamon, whose book on the production is instantly hailed as a modern classic.  But even that success comes at a price, as not everyone is thrilled to be immortalized by the book.

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    • 46 min
    The Best Movie We Ever Made

    The Best Movie We Ever Made

    With production now in Los Angeles, Brian De Palma feels the pressure from prying studio executives – and from Bruce Willis, who starts directing other actors on how to be funnier.  De Palma gets some much-needed encouragement from his friend Steven Spielberg, who is an old pro at playing the Hollywood game.  Then, as post-production ramps up, studio heads see a first cut and love the film, though they have no idea how to market it.

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    • 40 min
    Hollywood Heat

    Hollywood Heat

    As production moves to Los Angeles, the specter of sexism clouds the movie. Rumors swirl among the crew about Melanie Griffith’s plastic surgery, Kim Cattrall's weight loss, and an affair between actress Beth Broderick and director Brian De Palma.

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    • 34 min
    Wire Without a Net

    Wire Without a Net

    The cast shows its true colors: some are easygoing and relatable, but not Bruce Willis.  The New York shoot spirals over budget as the courtroom scene can only be shot at night, and the film’s entire opening is scrapped in favor of the most expensive Steadicam shot ever devised.  Meanwhile, Bronx residents show up to throw garbage at the filmmakers, and one irate New Yorker confronts Brian De Palma directly.

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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

CuddyCudmore ,

Fabulous

Binged Series 2 in a couple of days. Loved it. Now I’ve downloaded the movie (and the book) so Brian de Palma’s movie will not be a flop at my place.

HCP03 ,

Captivating

This series is so wonderful to listen to. So insightful, honest and beyond entertaining. Eagerly anticipating season 3. Thanks so much for this output.

anoif48 ,

Wonderful

Love this podcast. Can’t fault it.

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