Charlie Brown Holidays Specials Will Not Be Featured on Network TV In 2020. For the first time since 1965, the Charlie Brown Holiday Specials will not air on network television this holiday season. Originally, the specials ran on CBS until they were acquired by ABC in 2000. Now, don’t get too sad or mad! This year WildBrain, Peanuts Worldwide, and Lee Mendelson Film Productions are teaming up with Apple and all three holiday specials will be available on AppleTV+. All three specials will run for free for a limited time during their respective holidays, even for folks without an AppleTV+ subscription. YAY!
According to a press release from Apple and WildBrain, the specials will be available as follows:
“The original programs and new specials will also soon stream globally alongside iconic Peanuts specials, including “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” The Halloween special will begin streaming globally on Apple TV+ on October 19, and will be available for free from October 30 until November 1 as a special treat on Apple TV+.
Just in time for US Thanksgiving, Apple TV+ will launch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on November 18, and the special will be available for free from November 25 until November 27.
The Peanuts gang will also deck the halls with the premiere of A Charlie Brown Christmas, streaming exclusively on Apple TV+ on December 4. The holiday special will be available to customers for free from December 11 until December 13.”
“Charlie Brown is excited to be invited to his first ever party, Violet’s Halloween party. Before the party, the Peanuts gang plan to go trick or treating, with Snoopy, who is dressed as the WWI flying ace, taking his Halloween persona to an extreme. The one person who won’t be joining them for the trick or treating or the party is Linus, who will be waiting in his local pumpkin patch for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin. Linus believes that the Great Pumpkin rises out of the most sincere pumpkin patch – none more sincere than his own local one – flies into the air, and delivers presents to all the boys and girls around the world. Because of his belief, Linus is the laughing stock among his friends. Sally is torn between going trick or treating for the first time and attending Violet’s sure fire fun Halloween party, or following her love Linus and waiting for the Great Pumpkin’s arrival with him.”
“Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown’s for Thanksgiving, and with the help of Linus, Snoopy, and Woodstock, he attempts to throw together a Thanksgiving dinner for the impromptu guests and they discuss the true meaning of the holiday.”
“Christmas lights may be twinkling red and green, but Charlie Brown has the Yuletide blues. To get in the holiday spirit, he takes Lucy’s advice and directs the Christmas play. And what’s a Christmas play without a Christmas tree? But everyone makes fun of the short, spindly nevergreen Charlie Brown brings back – until the real meaning of Christmas works its magic once again.”
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