CBS has announced it will air a special hour-long presentation of I Love Lucy episodes on Friday, December 20th from 8-9PM. The episodes to be broadcast are “The I Love Lucy Christmas Special” and “Lucy’s Italian Movie,” both from 1956. The episodes have been colorized and will be aired with just one set of opening and closing credits. A full press release can be found here.
Originally aired on December 24th, 1956, “The I Love Lucy Christmas Special” was not included in the I Love Lucy syndication package because of its holiday theme and use of flashbacks to earlier episodes. As I discussed back in 2009, the episode was considered missing until it was 1989 when it was rediscovered in the CBS vaults. Some 29 million viewers tuned in when CBS aired the episode in December 1989. The non-flashback portions were later colorized and CBS aired the episode again in December 1990.
As for “Lucy’s Italian Movie,” it is the episode that featured the iconic scene of Lucy stomping on grapes.
Any guesses on how many people will watch these episodes in December?