CBS has decided to branch out this year and will be airing colorized specials featuring episodes of both I Love Lucy and The Andy Griffith Show.
The I Love Lucy Christmas Special (2015 Version)
CBS has revealed details of its annual broadcast of “The I Love Lucy Christmas Special.” That makes three years in a row the network has gifted viewers with colorized episodes of I Love Lucy. This year’s special will air Wednesday, December 23rd from 8-9PM ET. It will include two colorized episodes–“The Christmas Episode” and “Lucy Does a TV Commercial”–and one set of opening and closing credits. A full press release can be found here.
“The Christmas Episode” was first broadcast in December 1956. Because it was seasonal and featured flashbacks it was never syndicated. In fact, the episode was considered missing until it was rediscovered in 1989. This year for the first time the flashbacks will be colorized so the entire episode will air in living color. “Lucy Does a TV Commercial” is the famous Vitameatavegamin episode. It was originally broadcast in May 1952.
For the record, the 2014 special paired “The Christmas Episode” with “Job Switching” from 1952 while the 2013 special featured “Lucy’s Italian Movie” from 1956.
The Andy Griffith Show Christmas Special
CBS is also colorizing two episodes of The Andy Griffith Show this year. “The Andy Griffith Show Christmas Special” will air on Friday, December 25th from 8-9PM ET. The two episodes are “The Christmas Story” from December 1960 and “The Pickle Story” from December 1961.
According to the network, the episodes have been “colorized to match as closely as possible to later episodes of the series that were actually filmed and broadcast in color.” The special will air with one set of opening and closing credits. A full press release can be found here.