American television network CBS will air colorized episodes of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” in an upcoming one-hour block.

What episodes are they going to show?

The two colored episodes will air on Sunday, December 11, at 8 within a one-hour block.

“The Dick Van Dyke Show,” which aired from 1961 to 1966, detailed the home-life and work-life of a television writer. In spite of the title, namesake actor Dick Van Dyke’s character was named Rob Petrie on the actual show.

The two episodes will be the 1963 episode “That’s My Boy??” and the following 1965 episode “Coast to Coast Big Mouth.”

In the former episode, Rob Petrie gives a flashback concerning bringing his son Ritchie home from the hospital.

The second episode involves Mary Tyler Moore's character of Laura Petrie accidentally revealing that Carl Reiner's character Alan Brady wears a hairpiece on television.

Ironically, the show stayed black-and-white during its run

The show aired exclusively in black and white in its original run, and actually rejected a switch to color at least twice. Reportedly, the show had toyed with a switch to color during the third season, but dropped the idea after it was deemed too expensive to make the switch.

Later, the idea was brought back for a possible sixth season that would have been shot in color, but cast and crew ultimately decided to end the series after five years, making the issue moot.

In addition to the classic Sixties show, CBS had previously aired colorized versions of the classic show, “I Love Lucy,” in the past. As with the “I Love Lucy” promotion, the December airing is believed to serve as something of a Christmas special. Neither episode featured served as a Christmas special, which the show had during its 1963 run, titled "The Alan Brady Show Presents," although the theme of birth in the former episode was probably intended as an homage to the holiday season.

In addition to “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” Van Dyke may be known to audiences from films such as "Mary Poppins," and the later television series "Diagnosis: Murder." Moore would later gain further recognition in her own series, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Even at the time, the popularity of the earlier show proved important enough to the later show’s writers, as the backstory of Moore’s character, originally intended to be a divorcee, had to be rewritten out of concern that viewers would mistakenly think she divorced Van Dyke’s character.

Despite popular belief, the show was not actually made as a starring vehicle for Van Dyke, as the title character was originally going to be played by Johnny Carson.

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