Wednesday, December 18, 2013

You'll Love Lucy this Friday

"I Love Lucy" Christmas special airs Friday, December 20 at 8:00 p.m. on CBS.
I Love Lucy, one of television’s greatest comedies will be home for the holidays this Friday at 8:00 p.m. on CBS. The seldom-seen “Lost Christmas Special” will be given a colorized update with a “vintage look” as well.

"The Christmas Episode" was first presented as part of the regularly scheduled "I Love Lucy" series on CBS in December 1956. The episode wasn't included in the series' long history of rebroadcasts, first on CBS Daytime and later in syndication. Thought to be "lost," CBS rediscovered the episode in 1989. During the special, the Ricardos (Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz) and Mertzes (Vivian Vance and William Frawley) are decorating Lucy and Ricky's Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardo's son, Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux). Flashbacks (in black-and-white to emphasize the time lapse) recall the night Lucy tells Ricky she is pregnant, the time Lucy shows up unexpectedly as part of a barbershop quartet, and the day Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse taking Lucy to the maternity ward.

The second half of the special is the infamous "Lucy's Italian Movie" where the Ricardos and Mertzes are visiting Rome, and Lucy is invited by a famous Italian film director to appear in his next picture, "Bitter Grapes." Mistakenly thinking the film concerns the wine industry, Lucy sets out to visit a local vineyard where she soaks up more local color than intended. It was originally presented on I Love Lucy in March 1956 and became an instant classic.

I Love Lucy aired on CBS from Oct. 15, 1951 until May 6, 1957. It was voted "the best TV show of all time" in a 2012 viewer poll conducted by People Magazine and ABC News.

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