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CBS to Present Colorized Special Edition of ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’

Two Episodes to Be Telecast on Sunday, December 11

CBS will offer a one hour holiday special called “The Dick Van Dyke Show – Now in Living Color!,” featuring colorized repeats of the episodes titled “That’s My Boy??” and “Coast to Coast Big Mouth.” It airs Sunday, Dec. 11 from 8-9 p.m. Series creator and co-star Carl Reiner personally supervised the colorization of the episodes.

In “That’s My Boy??,” as Rob (Dick Van Dyke) and Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) host a dinner party with a few friends, Rob recalls the hectic days after their son Ritchie was born, when he was sure the hospital had given him and Laura the wrong baby. The episode, originally broadcast on Sept. 25, 1963, was the third season premiere.

In “Coast to Coast Big Mouth,” Laura blurts out a top secret on a national television quiz show, revealing that comedian Alan Brady wears a toupee. The episode, which was the show’s fifth and final season premiere, was originally broadcast on Sept. 15, 1965. “Coast to Coast Big Mouth” won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 1966.

“The Dick Van Dyke Show” originally aired on CBS from Oct. 3, 1961, through June 1, 1966, finishing in the Nielsen Top 10 in three of its five seasons, peaking at #3 during the 1963-1964 season (with a 33.3 household rating!).

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). 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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  • Louis

    Looking forward to this. Although, I know that you are not a huge fan of the show, are you, Marc?

    • No…it was never a favorite of mine. But I will be watching, Louis.

      • Louis

        It is probably in the my top five sitcoms. When it hit the mark, it hit it out of the park. There were some pretty bad episodes though, admitted by even the cast.

        • Troy Lee Turner

          I always considered it the first “grown up” sitcom. What’s the general opinion here?

          • Louis

            I agree in the sense that it didn’t feature Richie in many episodes. It was kind of like Everybody Loves Raymond where there was an occasional episode that focused on the kids but it was rare. As well, it featured a woman in a man’s world workplace.

          • DVD was definitely ahead of its time. The chemistry between the actors, Dick and Mary, in particular – was A+.