CBS is set to “colorize” two episodes of I Love Lucy for a one hour special, after it did the same to episodes over the Christmas season.
Variety reports “L.A. at Last!” and “Lucy and Superman,” which were filmed in the 1950s, will be given “a vintage look” for the special in May.
“Lucy and Superman” follows the trials of scheduling kids’ birthday parties and features George Reeves (The Adventures of Superman). William Holden guest stars in “L.A. at Last!” which has Lucy and Ricky finally landing in Los Angeles because Ricky is appearing in a new motion picture.
The special will also show additional material that has not been broadcast since the episode first aired in 1955.
No doubt the advancements have come a long way since the early days of colourisation -which still left greys alongside painted skin tones- but I think the only way to watch these is as they were originally produced: in glorious black and white.