Celebrating Carl Reiner

(Above: Carl Reiner in colorized ‘Coast to Coast Big Mouth.’ Source: CBS Video)

CBS, MeTV and Decades have scheduled tributes to Carl Reiner, the legendary comedian, actor, director and screenwriter who died June 28 at 98 years old. They’re also tributes to one of Reiner’s greatest achievements: The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Reiner created and produced The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS, 158 episodes, 1961-1966). He also appeared in a recurring role as TV variety show star Alan Brady.

At 8 pm ET tonight, July 3, CBS will air two colorized episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, which were selected for colorization by Reiner himself:

“Coast to Coast Big Mouth,” winner of a best writing Emmy, in which Laura Petrie (Mary Tyler Moore) reveals on television that Alan Brady wears a hairpiece.

October Eve, The Dick Van Dyke Show, color, Carl Reiner
(Source: CBS)

“October Eve” (left), with Reiner this time playing an artist who once painted Laura’s portrait, fully clothed, but has now made it into a nude.

Both of the above episodes will also air this month in their original black-and-white on MeTV as that channel — every Sunday in the show’s regular 11 pm timeslot — repeats most of last year’s favorite episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, as selected by Reiner himself.

And both episodes will also run next weekend, July 10-12, as Decades celebrates Reiner with some special shows on Friday night followed by a 43-hour, 86 episode binge on Saturday and Sunday.

If you can’t make any of those airings, you can also watch “Coast to Coast Big Mouth” (in color) right here:

Decades’ lineup next Friday night, July 10, will start at 9 pm ET with a Reiner interview on The Dick Cavett Show, followed by The Dick Van Dyke Show’s original pilot, then called Head of the Family and starring Reiner in the Van Dyke role. At 10 pm, in its regular weekday time slot, Decades will show two episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show: “Coast to Coast Big Mouth” and “A Day in the Life of Alan Brady.” 

The Decades 43-hour binge of The Dick Van Dyke Show will begin Saturday, July 11, at noon and run through Monday, July 13 at 7 am.

Decades and MeTV can be seen free via an antenna hooked up to your TV set, and on many cable systems. To find your local channel numbers, visit the “Where to Watch” pages of Decades and MeTV.

Prefer to stream?

You can find all episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, free with ads, on Tubi, free without ads if your library is affiliated with Hoopla, or with a Hulu subscription.

Amazon Prime subscribers can stream four seasons. The Amazon episodes are also available for purchase at $1.99 each.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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