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CBS Announces Next ‘I Love Lucy’ Christmas Special

Classic 'Lucy Gets in Pictures' Episode is the Latest to Join the Holiday-Themed Fold

In what has become an annual tradition, the next “I Love Lucy” Christmas Special, featuring two back-to-back colorized episodes of the series, will be broadcast in the Friday 8 p.m. hour on Friday, Dec. 2. This edition will feature “The Christmas Episode, originally telecast on Dec. 24, 1956; and “Lucy Gets in Pictures,” originally seen on Feb. 21, 1955.

In the newly colorized “Lucy Gets in Pictures,” Lucy’s (Lucille Ball) lifelong dream of appearing in a motion picture seems to have come true when Ricky (Desi Arnaz) arranges for her to play a showgirl in a new musical. Unfortunately, the enormous feathered headdress she is expected to wear as she descends a staircase proves to be too cumbersome. After numerous mishaps on the stairs, the musical’s frustrated director (Lou Krugman) decides to make a change.

On a nostalgic footnote, Lucy restaged the famous headdress scene, again with Krugman, in the 1962 CBS special, “Opening Night,” and in 1965 in a slightly modified form, this time with actor Danny Thomas, in her second CBS series, “The Lucy Show.”

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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