LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — CBS has announced plans to broadcast two newly colorized episodes of the 1950s comedy, “I Love Lucy,” including the memorable grape-stomping episode and the rarely-seen “Christmas Episode” this coming Christmas holiday.
“I Love Lucy” aired on CBS from Oct. 15, 1951 until May 6, 1957, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo and Vivian Vance and William Frawley as the Ricardos’ friends and landlords, Fred and Ethel Mertz.READ MORE: Trump says he took the Fifth in questioning in New York Attorney General fraud investigation
Both episodes that will air this Christmas have been colorized with a vintage look, and the episodes will air back-to-back, according to CBS spokeswoman Kim Izzo-Emmett.READ MORE: Clean air advocates urge Georgia school systems to apply for school bus rebate funding
The episode most popularly known as the grape-stomping episode is actually titled “Lucy’s Italian Movie.” The episode, chosen by television critics as one of the top 10 Lucy shows, follows the Ricardos and Mertzes as they visit Rome and a local vineyard.
“The Christmas Episode” first aired in December 1956, but was not included in the series’ long history of reruns, according to Izzo-Emmett. The episode, previously thought to be lost, was rediscovered in 1989 and follows the Ricardos and Mertzes as they recall the arrival of the Ricardos’ son, Little Ricky.MORE NEWS: Local advocates oppose Atlanta City Jail bed lease agreement
The “I Love Lucy Christmas Special,” will air on Friday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. on CBS.