Several generations of viewers have enjoyed Van Dyke and costar Mary Tyler Moore on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which 50 years after completing its initial run on CBS is still available on Hulu, Amazon, the nostalgia TV network Cozi and a recently released Blu-ray box set. But on Sunday, viewers will see the Petries’ monochromatic world re-imagined in The Dick Van Dyke Show — Now In Living Color! in which CBS debuts two digitally colorized episodes back-to-back.
The Dick Van Dyke Show is coming back to TV in living color. CBS, which colorized episodes of I Love Lucy during the holidays and last May’s sweep, is using the same strategy with the classic 1960s series.
Hey, if a red-haired woman with a fake nose on fire, with a loud screechy whine and a penchant for getting into trouble doesn’t make a kid laugh, nothing will. Which, almost 60 years since I Love Lucy with Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley ended its run on CBS, the show is still making kids and everyone else laugh. These days that includes colorized specials from Ken Ross, CBS Home Entertainment’s EVP-GM, and his team.
With Friday’s I Love Lucy Christmas Special, CBS ventures into the world of colorizing two vintage episodes of an Eisenhower-era TV show that, perhaps more than any other from that period, sent a message down through the years of what life in the 1950s (or, at least, the sitcom version) might have looked like. The episodes, CBS says, “were colorized with a vintage look, a nod to the 1950s period in which the shows were filmed.”