Top of the morning, Dec. 20, 2013
Load the fireplace with logs, grab the remote and click your way to holiday happiness. Here's your weekend TV guide, courtesy staff writer Bob Asmussen:
"I Love Lucy Christmas Special," WCIA, 7 p.m.
They've colorized the classic comedy. So, you will see Desi and Lucy wearing bright red Santa suits. Now you can find out what shade of shirts Fred favored. Joy to the world.
— In the mood for something a little deeper? WAND shows "It's a Wonderful Life" at 7 p.m. Jimmy Stewart plays the role of disgraced banker. Before Ponzi schemes were invented. If you don't cry at the end, there's something wrong with you.
Bud Braggin' Rights Game: Illinois vs. Missouri, ESPN2, 4:30 p.m.
If you like your basketball announcing with a little twang, you should enjoy ESPN2's coverage of this holiday classic. Former Arkansas player and assistant coach Jimmy Dykes serves as analyst in St. Louis, working with ace play-by-play voice Dave O'Brien. Dykes is every bit as smart as Jay Bilas with a far less superior attitude. We can't all be lawyers from Duke. Once named one of the 50 most eligible bachelors in America by People Magazine, Dykes is an accomplished motivational speaker. O'Brien is not one of the 50 most eligible bachelors in America. But he does have an easy-to-listen-to voice. He reminds us of baseball season.
"The Sound of Music," WICD, 6 p.m.
Cap off the weekend going old school with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, not that creepy new version with Carrie Underwood. Growing up in a one-TV home, I dreaded T.S.O.M. because it often conflicted with a bowl game. The four women in the house always won that argument. So, I learned to love the Von Trapps.