CBS will honor the memory of legendary actor, producer, director, writer, comedian and Emmy Award winner Carl Reiner with “The Dick Van Dyke Show – Now In Living Color! A Special Tribute to Carl Reiner, featuring two colorized back-to-back episodes of the beloved 1960s sitcom this Friday, July 3 at 8 p.m. ET. As series creator and co-star, Carl Reiner personally supervised the original colorization of the episodes.
The chosen episodes are “Coast to Coast Big Mouth,” which ranked #8 on TV Guide’s list of the “100 Greatest TV Episodes of All-Time,” and “October Eve,” Reiner considered to be one of the series’ funniest episodes. Both were written by Bill Persky and Sam Denoff.
In “Coast to Coast Big Mouth,” Laura Petrie (Mary Tyler Moore) 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. In “October Eve,” a painting of Laura returns to haunt her when, despite her having posed fully clothed, the artist (played by Carl Reiner) takes the liberty of “undraping” her. The episode was first presented on April 8, 1964, during season three.