We can’t return, we can only look
Did you watch "The Dick Van Dyke Show in color" double-header on CBS last night? It was deeply weird but lovely: weird as in—as with all things colorized—all things look like they're carved out of chalk. There's no luster, no surface; it's all matte and putty. Lovely as in: it's The Dick Van Dyke Show in primetime on CBS! Come on...
p.s.1: thoughts from Ken Levine that have nothing to do with color:
But the truth is, they knew how to tell stories, they knew how to set things up to payoff big, they knew how to find funny situations along the way, they knew how to surprise you, they knew to get laughs from universal situations, and they knew how to get laughs from attitudes not formula “jokes”. (The Matt LeBlanc promo featured a hemorrhoid ring joke. Ha ha.) The comedy celebrated humanity. It was uplifting, not mean, not snarky, not smarmy.
p.s.2: Sundance has started playing classic TV shows on weekdays: M*A*S*H, All In The Family, The Bob Newhart Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Andy Griffith Show. I canceled my cable subscription right after the election (screw you, CNN!) but signed up for Playstation Vue after realizing I actually do like to watch TV. Sadly the package I selected includes CNN by default, but I pretend not to notice. I watch Hawkeye and Trapper and Hot Lips and Bob and Emily and Carol and Mary and Rhoda and Lou and Andy and Barney and Opie instead. Everybody feels like they're winning.