The first phase of TV’s Carl Reiner tribute has finished now, but there’s much more on the way.That includes “Dick Van Dyke Show” reruns on digital networks and Hulu, plus five movies July 28 on cable’s Turner Classic Movies.
That first phase included CBS rerunning two “Van Dyke” episodes that had color added by computer. One of them – Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) accidentally tells the world that her husband’s boss Alan Brady (Reiner) wears a toupee – was hilarious. The other – a nude painting of Laura, who had posed fully clothed – was only so-so; it was apparently chosen strictly because Reiner played the artist.That toupee episode reran Sunday on the digital MeTV network and will run yet again at 10 p.m. this Friday (July 10) on the digital Decades TV. And you can catch all of the “Van Dyke” episodes on Hulu.Other tributres continue, They includes:
– MeTV: This digital channel reruns “Van Dyke” episodes at 10 and 10:30 p.m. ET on three more Sundays.This Sunday (July 12), Rob has a dream scene involving an outer-space alien; at 10:30, Laura hates to see their breakfast conversation turned into a TV sketch. On July 19, she gets stuck in the bathtub; at 10:30 is a flashback to their son’s birth. On July 26, the nude-painting episode is at 10 p.m., followed by one in which overhearing their friends leads to a hilarious game of charades.
– Decades TV: On July 10, this digital channel will show a Dick Cavett chat with Reiner.
That’s at 9 p.m. ET, followed by the show’s pilot film at 9:30 … the same toupee episode at 10 … and, at 10:30, an episode in which a documentary crew tries to find “the human side” of Alan Brady.
Then comes a “Van Dyke Show” marathon. It runs from noon ET July 11 to 7 a.m. July 13.
– Turner Classic Movies: Reiner also directed 15 movies. On July 28, TCM will have five of them, putting his most popular (“Oh, God?”) during overnight, record-for-later time:
8 p.m. ET: “Enter Laughing” (1966), adapting his novel about an aspiring actor.
10: “All of Me” (1984), getting an impressive performance from Steve Martin – who plays a lawyer inhabited by the crotchety soul of a rich woman (Lily Tomlin).
Midnight: “The Comic” (1969), with Van Dyke as a silent-movie star with a self-destructive ego.
2 a.m.: “Where’s Poppa?” (1970), a dark comedy with George Segal as a lawyer with a senile mother.
3:30 a.m.: “Oh, God!” (1977), a warm and witty look at an ordinary chap (John Denver) who meets God (George Burns, of course) in human form.