Here’s your chance to see the Ricardo’s and the Mertzes like never before. Fans of I Love Lucy will be treated to another colorized presentation of two classic episodes on CBS tonight. The I Love Lucy Superstar Special may just be an elaborate repackaging of two 60-year-old black-and-white sitcom episodes, now meticulously colorized and shown back-to-back without a pause. But anything Lucy related remains a gold mine for CBS, even six decades later, and the May 17 special will probably not be an exception as reported by Movie Fone. Both episodes will be the debut of their colorized versions. At 7 p.m. central standard time tonight, CBS will air the I Love Lucy Superstar Special featuring the classic 1955 episode “L.A. At Last!” and the 1957 episode “Lucy and Superman.”
William Holden guest stars in the first episode, which chronicles Lucy and Ricky’s arrival in Los Angeles during the season long arc about Ricky’s big jump to Hollywood. I Love Lucy fans will remember the iconic Brown Derby scene when Lucy tries to sneak a peek at Holden in a nearby booth and he turns the tables on her. Lucy and Ricky each make the acquaintance of movie icon William Holden, playing himself, and gamely taking a pie in the face. The colorized version CBS is airing contains footage not seen on TV since the episode first aired 60 years ago.
The second episode, “Lucy and Superman,” has Lucy trying to book TV’s Man of Steel, George Reeves, to appear as a surprise guest at Little Ricky’s birthday party, but when he can’t make it, she dons the Superman suit herself and as only Lucy can, becomes a heroin in distress. But not to worry, Superman saves the day. He ends up stopping by the party and making a superhero entrance to the delight of Little Ricky and all his friends.
Lucy Ricardo was kind of a comedic super heroine, capable of doing just about anything, but only for a few minutes, before her efforts inevitably went catastrophically awry. Behind the camera, Lucille Ball was a heroine, too, blazing a path for TV performers and producers for which she’s never received proper credit. Both fiery redheads, the restless housewife and the woman who created her managed to create an indestructible sitcom, not even colorization can mar it.
8.73 million viewers tuned in to watch the I Love Lucy Christmas Special in 2013, the number one rated television show of the evening as reported by WWLTV. Read about how I Love Lucy makes CBS a reported $20 million dollars per year, as reported by the Inquisitr.