The “I Love Lucy Christmas Special,” the annual CBS special featuring two back-to-back colorized episodes of the classic series, will be broadcast Friday, Dec. 22 from 8-9 p.m. Featured will “The Christmas Episode” and the newly colorized “The Fashion Show,” featuring Lucy convincing Ricky to allow her to spend up to $100 on a dress at the fashionable Don Loper Salon in Beverly Hills. However, when an opportunity arises for Lucy to participate in a Loper fashion show featuring glamorous movie star wives, Lucy winds up spending five times that!
Leading out of the “I Love Lucy Christmas Special” at 9 p.m. ET on CBS will be “The Dick Van Dyke Show – Now in Living Color!,” a new one-hour special with two newly colorized back-to-back episodes of the beloved 1960s sitcom. The hour will feature the season one episode “My Blonde-Haired Brunette,” written by Carl Reiner, and the season three episode “October Eve,” written by Bill Persky and Sam Denoff. In “My Blonde-Haired Brunette,” Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) dyes her hair blonde when she fears the romance between Rob and her is fading. In “October Eve,” a painting of Laura returns to haunt her when, despite her having posed fully clothed, the artist (played by Reiner) takes the liberty of “undraping” her.