It's the end of an era.
On Monday (October 19), news broke that the Charlie Brown holiday specials will no longer air on broadcast TV. This means that the fall TV staple It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown will not air in its usual time slot on CBS this year. Before airing annually on CBS, the Charlie Brown holiday specials aired on ABC beginning in the 1960s. This will be the first time in nearly six decades It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown will not air on broadcast TV.
It's not all bad news, though. Instead of airing on broadcast television like it has in the past, the Peanuts animated classics will now be available on AppleTV+ as part of an "expanded partnership" with WildBrain, Peanuts Worldwide and Lee Mendelson Film Productions, according to a press release. The holiday classics, such as It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas, will be available to stream for free for specific dates this fall and winter. Even non-subscribers will be able to tune in on those dates.
Here's when you can watch each holiday special even if you don't subscribe to AppleTV+: Great Pumpkin will be available from October 30 to November 1, the Thanksgiving special from November 25 to 27, and the Christmas special from December 11 to 13.
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