FRIDAY: more Van Dyke and Lucy in colour from CBS

Set your PVR’s, classic TV fans. CBS has scheduled another seasonal treat with back-to-back, newly-colourized episodes of both The Dick Van Dyke Show and I love Lucy. The two hour-long specials air this Friday, Dec. 14, starting at 8/7 Central on CBS. The Van Dyke special comes as a sweet birthday present for Van Dyke,… Read on

Ho-ho-how to find this month’s Christmas-themed movies & specials

This December, are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Well, you can stream “White Christmas” and many other holiday favourites pretty much all month long if you’re all set up with a Crave, Netflix, Hollywood Suite (free through early January 5) or some other on-demand accounts. If you’re still getting your Xmas fix the old… Read on

CBS puts their Marx on I Love Lucy in colour

I know, I know. A lot of purists see red at the idea of colourizing classic black and white movies and TV shows. The process got a bad name when the first computer-coloured attempts were made over 30 years ago. They left a fuzzy first impression. The very first feature I ever wrote for TV Guide… Read on

Classic TV still a no fly zone on Air Canada

Who picks the “Classic TV” options on Air Canada flights–somebody with a dart board? Is this some plot by Air Canada to drive folks to turn off their screens and save electricity? Among the classic choices this week: two episodes of the best-forgotten Howard Hesseman classroom comedy from the late ’80s, Head of the Class.… Read on

CBS plans colourful reunion for Lucy and Superman

CBS is going back to the vault for two I Love Lucy treats. The broadcaster is colorizing two more episodes from the classic sitcom: “LA at Last!,” a 1955 episode from when the Ricardoes and Mertz’s were in Hollywood, and “Lucy and Superman,” an episode from the final season of the series shot in 1957. CBS… Read on

I Love Lucy in Colour for Christmas

Lucy! You’re in colour!! You’ve got some splainin’ to do!! That’s what Ricky Ricardo might say if he tuned in to Friday night’s hour-long CBS salute to I Love Lucy. It begins at 8 p.m. Two episodes from the classic sitcom have been colourized and combined: the “Christmas Episode,” which has only been seen a few… Read on

My world of 16mm TV shows and welcome to it

Thanks to artist in the family Katie Brioux for the logo, above Welcome to TV on Film, a website that grew out of a 16mm film collection. As friends and readers of TV Feeds My Family may know, I’ve been collecting 16mm films for years. Sixteen millimeter is those large reels that, way back in… Read on

Light a candle for Lucy at 100

UPDATE: I’m on The National tonight at 9 p.m. on CBC News Network and at 10 p.m. on CBC talkin’ Lucy. Miss Lucy’s 100th? You’ve got some ‘splainin’ to  do.TCM has done it again by scheduling a Lucille Ball marathon in honour of the 100th anniversary of her birth. Smart programming–but why doesn’t Comedy Gold,… Read on