10.22.2020

Apple TV+ now owns Charlie Brown's Christmas, It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.... no more holiday tv broadcasts for you!

 

Charlie Brown holiday specials move to Apple TV+, ending long runs on CBS, ABC

This year the lovable round-headed kid and his "Peanuts" pals won't be making their traditional holiday appearances before Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

That's because the rights to the long-popular holiday specials now belong to Apple TV+ under a new partnership.

This will be the first year that the oldest special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," won't be seen on old-school broadcast TV since its premiere on CBS in 1965 (and subsequent run on ABC since 2001).

"It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" for Halloween followed in 1966 and "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" premiered in 1973.

On Monday, the streaming service announced its exclusive rights to the cartoon in a new partnership with WildBrain, Peanuts Worldwide and Lee Mendelson Film Productions. 


 

 Charlie Brown shows are moving from television to Apple TV+ (Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

AppleTV+ is $4.99 a month, although viewers will be able to enjoy the “Peanuts” holiday specials for free on select days, the company revealed.

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” premiered on the streaming service on Oct. 19 and will be available for free from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1.

“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” is coming to Apple TV+ on Nov. 18 and will be available for free from Nov. 25 to Nov. 27. 

“A Charlie Brown Christmas" will debut on Dec. 4 and will be available for free from Dec. 11 until Dec. 13.


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