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Colorized "I Love Lucy" DVD set for Nov. 5, CBS Special airs Dec. 20

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In 1989 was the I Love Lucy Christmas show found and the decision to air it in December of 1989 done before or after Lucille Ball's death on April 26, 1989? Just was wondering if she might have known it was found and would air on CBS in December 1989 before her death.

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I got it for Christmas. How come Ethel's/Viv's hair looks so washed out, as well as her skin? Did they purposely give her that makeup so it would show up better? And the colors in the Christmas episode are way more accurate, but I thought the walls were just a tad more blue. Seems a little too gray. I was surprised when I saw the green kitchen. I thought it was yellow. And also, I noticed when the lights were on the tree (not lit) I saw some blue and green and yellow. I thought the strand was red and pink. 

 

I noticed Viv's skin and hair color in the Italian episode. Up close it's very noticeable but from far away it's bolder. 

 

Tom, are you sure these are the right colors? Were there color home movies from the set of the Italian episode? I know there's a few color photos of Lucy in the wine vat. Someone should colorize the Marilyn Monroe scene since there is a color photo online. As well as the TLS TV Antenna episode. (On the roof of course) 

 

Anyway, I can't imagine how much work goes into coloring these. Aside from my nitpicks, it must have took hours and hours of work to make it as accurate as possible. 

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I got it for Christmas. How come Ethel's/Viv's hair looks so washed out, as well as her skin? Did they purposely give her that makeup so it would show up better? And the colors in the Christmas episode are way more accurate, but I thought the walls were just a tad more blue. Seems a little too gray. I was surprised when I saw the green kitchen. I thought it was yellow. And also, I noticed when the lights were on the tree (not lit) I saw some blue and green and yellow. I thought the strand was red and pink. 

 

I noticed Viv's skin and hair color in the Italian episode. Up close it's very noticeable but from far away it's bolder. 

 

Tom, are you sure these are the right colors? Were there color home movies from the set of the Italian episode? I know there's a few color photos of Lucy in the wine vat. Someone should colorize the Marilyn Monroe scene since there is a color photo online. As well as the TLS TV Antenna episode. (On the roof of course) 

 

Anyway, I can't imagine how much work goes into coloring these. Aside from my nitpicks, it must have took hours and hours of work to make it as accurate as possible. 

The sets were painted in different shades of grey, so was the kitchen as far as I know. Not sure why it is yellow at the Lucy Desi museum. There's a color pic of Lucy and Desi standing in front of the Christmas tree from that episode not sure if you'd seen it.

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The sets were painted in different shades of grey, so was the kitchen as far as I know. Not sure why it is yellow at the Lucy Desi museum. There's a color pic of Lucy and Desi standing in front of the Christmas tree from that episode not sure if you'd seen it.

 

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Colorization is very much a subjective and still imperfect art... What one person may love, another rejects totally...

 

When colorizing the I LOVE LUCY elements, we try to balance three objectives:

 

(1) Does is look good HERE

(2) What might the Ricardos and Mertzes' apartments, clothes, belongings, etc. have looked like in real life if they existed in the 1950s

(3) What did the actual studio sets, props, costumes, etc. look like

 

Item #3 is tricky because -- even tho we LUCY fans may relish knowing the exact color/shade that a certain thing was -- we must remember that that color was chosen not necessarily because anyone liked the way it looked, but because of the way that color photographed on black-and-white film.  Everything, from props to Lucy's costumes had to be tested and approved for lighting purposes by Karl Freund before it was allowed on the set.

 

So ... when someone asks "are you sure these were the real colors," I must say, no -- and even if we did know the real colors, that cannot be the sole consideration...

 

Like I said earlier, it's a subjective and imperfect art...  But if colorization gets these shows off the "back burner" and back into the mainstream again -- and keeps them alive for another generation, I am all for it!

 

Tjw

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I agree with Tjw that we have to bring Lucy into the 21rst century for the new generation. It worked though. Lucy was number 1 during the color telecast in December. After 60 years, the red head keeps bringing in the ratings!! Woohoo!  :HALKING: ....Ok nertz settle down!

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I've gotta admit that last Thursday morning I got a little emotional when I opened the LA Times to the Calendar (Entertainment) section and turned to a page reporting on the previous week's Nielsen ratings -- and saw the word "Lucy" in big bold headlines (stretched across the entire page)... I believe it said, "'Lucy' and Barbara Walters Draw a Crowd" ... It's been YEARS since I have seen that... did not think I'd ever see it again... But here the lady was, back in prime time and back a'top the Nielsen ratings, this time with a show that was 56 years old... (or, as I like to say, 56 years in the making.)  Somehow that was the best Christmas gift of them all!

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I looked at the ep in B&W (turning the color all the way down) and the shades of black and white looked very accurate, like they should when you see it regularly. So I think those are pretty much the correct colors. But as TJW says, you never know for certain. 

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Do we know yet how the special fared in the weekly ratings rankings?

Don't suppose the Christmas night repeat did as well.  No advance notice and well, it was Christmas night.

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The rankings all vary with whatever mathmatical base one is using. Some places use Adults 18-49, others Adults 25-54. Some still measure households, some total viewers... The LA Times reports total viewers...

 

The Friday night airing ranked as #16 for the week, attracting 8.7 million viewers.

 

The Christmas night airing ranked as #65 (out of 141 programs) with 3.63 million.

 

No one expected the Christmas night program to break records - there was next to no advertising/promotion, PLUS the number of viewers watching Network TV on Christmas evening is extremely low... people just have other things to do... if they have TV on at all, they are probably watching the DVDs that Aunt Tillie gave them that morning for Christmas.. 

 

All in all, a very nice showing for these two telecasts!

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Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Wins Christmas Repeat Race

 

Here are the highlights of the 18 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (12/25/13):

 

ABC (2.701 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on Christmas with its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (3.835 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1), "Trophy Wife" (2.615 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "Modern Family" (3.820 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1), "Super Fun Night" (2.371 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) and "Nashville" (1.783 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

 

NBC (3.005 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then took home the silver with its encore mix of "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale" (3.542 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Michael Buble's 3rd Annual Christmas Special" (3.364 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Hollywood Game Night" (2.107 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

 

Next up was CBS (4.569 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a last-minute rebroadcast of "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (3.623 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) followed by repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (4.679 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (5.406 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

 

Meanwhile, FOX (1.432 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up repeats of "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas" (1.974 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "DreamWorks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury" (1.560 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), "Raising Hope" (1.042 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17) and another "Raising Hope" (1.152 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

 

Read more at http://www.thefutoncritic.com/ratings/2013/12/26/wednesdays-broadcast-ratings-abc-wins-christmas-repeat-race-543014/broadcast_20131225

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The special did very very well, it was the NUMBER ONE show as far as Christmas specials are concerned, even beating out a Charlie Brown Christmas.  I too, like TJW, enjoyed seeing Lucy top the ratings decades after she did it originally.  And MY Christmas present from Lucy did year was the special, colorized and coming out as a special new DVD. 

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AND I agree, they presented the first showing on a Friday night, which is when the ratings are lowest, and then the repeat on CHRISTMAS night for corn sakes, who watches TV on that day?

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