Fans of holiday programs and the classic “I Love Lucy” sitcom from the 1950s were rejoicing Friday night. CBS pulled out all the stops for an impressive colorized version of back-to-back episodes of the “I Love Lucy Christmas Special.” During the first 30 minutes featured the lost Christmas episode only seen during its premiere in December 1956. The Ricardo’s are getting the tree and presents ready on Christmas Eve for Little Ricky, who is now five years old.
With a little help from the Mertz’s, leave it to Lucy to turn things around with her unique brand of comedy. It wouldn’t be “I Love Lucy” without it. A number of flashbacks from previous episodes were seen strictly in black and white. The first one showed us a tender moment when Lucy (Lucille Ball) finds out she’s pregnant, and surprises her Cuban bandleader husband Ricky (Desi Arnaz). The others showcased hilarious moments when Lucy tries to sing, and when she’s ready to go to the hospital to have her baby.
The secondary episode titled “Lucy’s Italian Movie” has been seen by many over the decades. Lucy gets dressed up as an Italian peasant woman working or stomping in a wine vat. She’s doing research into the local culture for a small role in an Italian film. Unfortunately things don’t work out as planned, which is often the case in “I Love Lucy.” Overall, the technology of colorization has come a long way from the early days of overly muted tones. Afterwards, a commercial plug came on where viewers can purchase the DVD of the two episodes, along with "Lucy Goes to Scotland" episode. You can see the original B&W and the color versions.