If there’s one thing Lucille Ball was known for aside from her comedic talent, it was her bright red hair. Unfortunately, since the widespread adaptation of color television was nearly a decade away, viewers of I Love Lucy had to watch the show, which ran from 1951-1957, in black and white. On December 20, CBS will be airing the Christmas episode of I Love Lucy – in color. Yahoo has a snippet of the special online, and it looks great. While some purists have already complained about a classic episode they grew up watching changed by the addition of colorization, it makes sense. For many viewers that might not have ever seen I Love Lucy, seeing any programming in black and white could be an instant channel-changer. Having a nearly 60 year-old TV show airing in prime time featuring timeless comedy is a win, and anything that the network can do to get more viewers, the better.
“The I Love Lucy Christmas Special” will air on December 20 at 8pm on CBS.