The "rules" invented by Bob Carroll Jr. and Madelyn Davis for "How to Make a TV Lucy" (by Paul Rosenfield, Oct. 12) are explanation enough for why the "hastily conceived" show is bottoming out in the ratings.
The Lucy who was once so innocent and popular now belongs to a different time and place. If producer Aaron Spelling wants to save the show by giving it "a lot more reality," try this:
Star Lucy in "Miami Vice Queen." She's a street-smart, ultra-hip, savvy detective chick who's out to wipe out drugs (guest drug-busters include Nancy Reagan).
Her two top sleuths are Crocked and Tubby, played by Ethel and Fred Mertz, respectively. Her antagonist, the Kingpin of the Drug Pushers, is none other than Ricky Ricardo, who in the pilot is smuggling cocaine in from Cuba inside his conga drum (guest drug buyers include Caesar Romero).