Skip to comments.For the first time since 1965, the Peanuts holiday specials are not scheduled to air on broadcast TV
Posted on 10/20/2020 12:56:00 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
The first time It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown aired on television, it preempted My Three Sons. As in, an original episode of My Three Sons. The date was October 27, 1966, and Douglas family fans had just seen Yvonne Craig play a meter maid the previous week. Instead, CBS viewers got the Peanuts crew.
The idea of a Peanuts holiday special, and a Peanuts cartoon in general, was still relatively novel. Great Pumpkin was just the third animated special from the mind of Charles Schulz. A Charlie Brown Christmas has premiered one year earlier. The Christmas special was so popular, it revitalized the live tree industry and decimated the plastic Christmas tree trend.
The overlooked baseball-themed Charlie Brown's All Stars! aired between Charlie Brown Christmas and Great Pumpkin in the summer of 1966. Since 1966, 42 additional Peanuts animated specials have been produced for broadcast television. More importantly, the two most popular ones, the Xmas and Halloween gems, have been reaired every year as well. Until now.
In 2020, Apple TV+ procured the rights to the Peanuts holiday specials and will offer them on the streaming service. As of now, ABC, the most recent home of Snoopy and his gang, has no plans to show Great Pumpkin over broadcast television, according to People.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973) and A Charlie Brown Christmas are slated for a similar fate.
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This makes me very sad. There is a war on innocence.
To my knowledge it’s the only Christmas special that actually tells us why we have Christmas.
Yep, so it must be destroyed!..................
If it’s wholesome, it must be banned.
I have my copy on DVD. It WILL be shown at our house.
That’s okay...have them downloaded.
Along with many of the shows they attempt to ignore and pretend no longer exist?
Yet the left wants to curb violence on TV........................
Christmas morning at our house starts with Mimosas, eggnog, and the theme music to A Charlie Brown Christmas.
We all grew up with it - a real sense of comfort.
There was the stop-animation Little Drummer Boy.
I guess eventually we’ll have “Joyous Holiday Number 11’s” that Quark made fun with no mention of Christmas at all.
Everything can be streamed on demand. Parents of young children have the responsibility to cut their cable and subscribe to streaming services like Apple TV (available on Roku by the way) and moderate the content for their children accordingly.
I liked Family Guy’s take on that.
You’ve got that right!
This is just rights holders maximizing revenue to deliver value to shareholders. Plus the way they've padded 35 minutes of ads into a 25 minute cartoon in recent years have made it all but unwatchable in broadcast.
Yes...forgot about that one.
The company bought the rights to the specials.
The company will air them on its own service, for its customers.
As they have every right to do.
Well, I don't have Apple TV so I won't get to see it this year.
But folks, this is just normal business. Nothing untoward about it. Sad, though.
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