Dick Van Dyke, 97, Has the Sweetest Reaction to New Special in His Honor

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Dick Van Dyke received a very special early birthday present from the network that he's been dedicated to for decades.

Ahead of his 98th birthday next month, CBS announced it would be airing the special feature Dick Van Dyke 98 Years of Magic in honor of the award-winning entertainer and actor.

Upon learning of the entertainment special, Van Dyke shared his delight and gratitude in a statement, "I started with CBS under contract in 1955 with the CBS morning show, then The Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis Murder," he shared. "I've been with the CBS family for almost 70 years, and I couldn't be prouder. I'm incredibly honored that CBS will be throwing a 98th birthday special for me. Can't wait to be part of the show!"

According to the announcement, the upcoming "one of the most beloved and legendary stars. He has inspired generations of performers and will be honored for his incredible contributions to the arts and entertainment."

The two-hour tribute will reportedly take on place on the set of The Dick Van Dyke Show and feature musical performances, special guests and a holiday number, as well as songs and archival footage from throughout his career–including fan-favorite projects like Mary Poppins, Bye Bye Birdie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and more.

The CBS exclusive program will air on the broadcast cable network and stream live and on-demand via Paramount+ on Thursday, Dec. 21, exactly one week after Van Dyke celebrates his big day.

It will be produced by Van Dyke and his wife of 11 years, Arlene Silver, along with help from White Label Productions, Craig and Clara Plestis of Smart Dog Media and Deena Katz, as other outlets have also reported.

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