Charlie Brown: Peanuts fans will get Thanksgiving and Christmas specials on TV after all.
Christmas and Thanksgiving went downhill for millions of Americans this year due to the pandemic. Wait a minute; PBS to the rescue! The network announced that there is one thing that will still bless us these holidays: The Charlie Brown holiday specials will air on television.
What went earthward?
This annual holiday tradition was about to get canceled in October. When another streaming platform, Apple TV+, made a deal with Peanuts Worldwide and Lee Mendelson Film Productions to be the only streamer of the Peanuts’ holiday specials. Apple offered each special to stream for free for a handful of days, but that didn’t stop online petitions from gathering hundreds of thousands of signatures.
PBS finally announced that it was too late for “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” the two other holiday specials- “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas”- will air ad-free on PBS and PBS Kids on November 22 and December 13, respectively, at 7:30 p.m. local time/6:30 p.m. CT.
Check out the official tweet:
Gather your popcorn, toast and jelly beans and watch #ACharlieBrownThanksgiving for FREE on @PBS and @PBSKIDS November 22, 7:30/6:30c! Check your local listings at https://t.co/hpE7KZ9vq2 or watch anytime on the @AppleTV app with an Apple TV+ subscription https://t.co/FqVW2OAoY8 pic.twitter.com/liLVijGeJD
— PEANUTS (@Snoopy) November 18, 2020
Now that Apple has all the rights to the PBS shows, holiday episodes will also feature there. PBS announced, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” will be available to stream starting November 18, with free streaming available from November 25 through November 27. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be available beginning December 4, with free streaming from December 11 through December 13.
Apple announced Wednesday it had teamed up with @PBS for ad-free broadcasts of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” (on Nov. 22) and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (on Dec. 13). (via @NewsHourArts) https://t.co/fkgmv7ByXf
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) November 18, 2020
It is the first time in decades that “The Great Pumpkin” was not aired on TV. All this sparked fury among the viewers, and they signed thousands of petitions to bring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock, and the rest of the gang back to the national stage.
We’re feeling very thankful to team up with @AppleTV to share #ACharlieBrownThanksgiving with you this year! Tune in to this special one-night event on PBS and @PBSKIDS on Sun, Nov 22 at 7:30/6:30c. pic.twitter.com/ADW1R0FvCv
— PBS (@PBS) November 18, 2020
“To our shock and dismay, last night it was announced that Apple had swiped the football from us and claimed the specials for their Apple TV platform, leaving us devoted fans who have grown up with Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang in the dark, unable to watch,” petitioner Michael Nebbia wrote. “…The time for saying ‘Good Grief’ is over.”
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Upon the news of the shows making a one-time return to cable, Nebbia said, “Our fight shall continue no matter what because these specials are iconic and no amount of corporate greed will stop us!”