Wednesday, November 27, 2019

CBS Slates I Love Lucy Christmas Special on Dec. 20; Is 2020 the Year of the Rabbit?

I Love Lucy - The Christmas Episode

I Love Lucy Christmas Special, a new one-hour special featuring two back-to-back colorized episodes of the classic series, will be broadcast Friday, Dec. 20 from 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. I Love Lucy Christmas Special features "The Christmas Episode" and the newly colorized "Paris at Last." The main titles and end credits are seamlessly combined into one set at the beginning and end of the hour, with no interruption between the episodes. "The Christmas Episode" finds the Ricardos and Mertzes decorating Lucy and Ricky's Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardos' son, Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux). Flashbacks recall the night Lucy told Ricky she was pregnant, the time Lucy showed up unexpectedly as part of a barbershop quartet and the day Ricky and the Mertzes rehearsed taking Lucy to the maternity ward. "The Christmas Episode" was first broadcast on CBS on Christmas Eve, 1956. The episode was not included in the series' long history of rebroadcasts, first on CBS Daytime and later in syndication. Long thought to be lost, the program was rediscovered by CBS in 1989.

I Love Lucy - Paris at Last

In "Paris at Last," the Ricardos and Mertzes arrive in the French capital, where Lucy encounters a sidewalk artist who sells multiple copies of the same "original" oil painting, and a con man who offers a better exchange rate for her American dollars than the one offered in the banks. Later, her attempt to have a quiet lunch in an outdoor café finds her not only unwittingly ordering a plate of snails, but paying the check with counterfeit French francs. Next stop: the Bastille? "Paris at Last" was originally broadcast on Feb. 27, 1956, and became an immediate viewer favorite. I Love Lucy Christmas specials have aired on the Network the past six years, each combining the holiday-themed episode with a different comedy classic. Beginning in 2015, "The Christmas Episode" has been shown colorized in its entirety, with fully colorized flashback scenes that had previously been presented in black and white.


Year of the Rabbit

IFC's new original comedy series Year of the Rabbit follows Detective Inspector Rabbit (Berry), a hardened booze-hound who's seen it all, and his hapless, new, by-the-books partner Strauss (Freddie Fox; Cucumber, Banana). While they're investigating a local murder, the lewd but insightful adoptive daughter (Susan Wokoma; Chewing Gum, Crazyhead) of the chief of police joins them, becoming the country's first female officer. Together, the trio must fight crime while rubbing shoulders with street gangs, crooked politicians, spiritualists, music hall stars and more.

Year of the Rabbit, co-produced by IFC, is directed by BAFTA-nominated Ben Taylor (Catastrophe) and written by Emmy(R) and WGA Award winners Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil (Veep), with additional material from Matt Berry. Ben Farrell and Toby Stevens will executive produce for Objective Fiction, with Hannah Mackay producing. The six-episode first season of Year of the Rabbit premieres Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 10:30pm ET/PT only on IFC.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight / Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows

Sunday, June 23

The Conners - "Patriarchs and Goddesses" (The CW, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Darlene continues to navigate her breakup with Ben; Dan offers to talk with Aldo's dad when he doesn't approve of Harris and Aldo's relationship.

The Conners - "Hot for Teacher and Writing a Wrong" (The CW, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mark returns to public school and finds it hard to fit in; Darlene isn't happy when she finds out what Mark's doing to make a little extra cash for college; Becky finds herself in an interesting situation with one of her college professors.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 17)

Friday, June 21

  • Pamela Adlon (Better Things/King of the Hill/The Facts of Life) - Watch Pamela on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Ron Howard (Arrested Development/Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Ron is a guest on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Will Ferrell (The Office) - Will appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Martin Short (Only Murders in the Building/Mulaney/I'm a Big Girl Now/The Associates) - Martin is a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher at 10pm on HBO.
  • Sandra Bernhard (Roseanne) and Judy Gold (All-American Girl) - Sandra and Judy are guests on ABC's Good Morning America some time between 7-9am.
  • Eva Longoria (Only Murders in the Building/Telenovela) - Eva talks about Land of Women on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • George Lopez (Lopez vs Lopez/Lopez/Saint George/George Lopez) and Mayan Lopez (Lopez vs Lopez) - George and Mayan talk about their hit NBC sitcom Lopez vs Lopez on a repeat of Sherri, so check your local listings.
  • Jenifer Lewis (I Love That for You/black-ish/The PJs) - Jenifer is joining Drew to talk about taking her inspirational journey and miraculous recovery after a devastating fall while on vacation a few years ago on a repeat of The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Nicole Ari Parker (And Just Like That.../Second Time Around) - Nicole discusses her Gymwrap sweatband line on a repeat of Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.


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03/12 - Ghosts (UK) - The Complete Series
03/12 - Looney Tunes Collector's Choice - Volume 3 (Blu-ray)
03/12 - Rick and Morty - Season 7 (Blu-ray Steelbook) (Blu-ray) (DVD)
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06/11 - Welcome Back, Kotter - The Complete Series (2024 Release)

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