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What to watch this week: 'Lost,' 'Twin Peaks,' 'I Love Lucy'

Poor Charlie.

Last week on the 30 Days of Binge calendar, we saw Lost’s beloved former heroin user-rock star Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) sacrifice himself to save everyone just so Jack (Matthew Fox) could wail “We have to go back!” once he got off the island. (That guy’s the worst sometimes.) However, season four has perhaps the best episode of the series in the Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick)-centric episode, “The Constant.” Again, ready the tissues.

We reach the end of season three of Scandal this week, and it would be an understatement to say crazy stuff goes down in the last half of the season. There’s wrist eating, backstabbing (the knife kind), and we finally see Fitz’s (Tony Goldwyn) kids, and they are not too pleasant with their parents, which makes for awesome familial drama.

We also graze onto creepier pastures, as we close out season one of Sleepy Hollow with an insane unexpected villain reveal and move onward to the season two premiere on Fox. The creepiness continues on to seminal episodes of The Twilight Zone, as well as the entire first season of Twin Peaks, which will finally make you realize why people are always reblogging Kyle MacLachlan GIFs on Tumblr. He’s not just Trey from Sex and the City, people.

On toward less psychosexual shows: We also move on to classic episodes of I Love Lucy, where we see Lucy binge on chocolates, alcoholic vitamin syrup, and give birth in real-time to Lucille Ball’s actual child. It sounds like a Real Housewives episode, but it’s not. Also, check out The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show to see where workplace comedies were born. In more controversial classic sitcoms, we urge you to watch All in the Family and see how a bigot can somehow be seen as a lovable curmudgeon in Carroll O’ Connor’s Archie Bunker.

'I Love Lucy': CBS to air colorized special in December

Stand back, millennials — it’s time for a whole other generation to hop aboard the nostalgia train.

CBS announced today that it plans to broadcast two classic I Love Lucy episodes back-to-back this December. The event, appropriately called The I Love Lucy Christmas Special, will include both the show’s seldom-seen “Christmas Episode” — a clip show that has been aired on network TV only a handful of times — and “Lucy’s Italian Movie,” perhaps better known as “the one with the grape stomping.” Both episodes aired originally in 1956: the former during season 6, the latter during season 5.

Each will be “colorized with a vintage look,” according to CBS — minus the flashback sequences in “The Christmas Episode,” which will remain in black-and-white to emphasize the time lapse. CBS originally colorized “The Christmas Episode” for a re-broadcast in 1990 that drew more than 18 million viewers. (The previous year, CBS aired “The Christmas Episode” for the first time since 1956 after discovering its original negative hidden in a vault — attracting an audience of more than 29 million.)

The special will air Friday, Dec. 20, at 8 p.m. ET. Spectators are advised to bring their own eggnog — or Vitameatavegamin.

Editor’s note: This story originally said the special would air commercial-free, but that is not the case.


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