Looks like we’ll get our favorite holiday specials, after all.
Last month it was announced that the Charlie Brown holiday specials would not be airing on network TV this year. Apple TV+ had just signed a deal with the Peanuts brand and production companies, giving it exclusive streaming rights for Peanuts classics, including It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and A Charlie Brown Christmas. [Featured image via imdb.com]
It would have been the first time in 55 long years that we couldn’t all watch the beloved stories that have become a tradition for many families across the nation.
And fans were not having it. After hundreds of thousands of online signatures in protest from upset viewers, Apple and PBS decided to listen. Just yesterday, Apple announced a deal with the network to bring the specials back to TV for ad-free broadcasts of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Viewers will now be able to tune into PBS or PBS KIDS for A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving this Sunday, November 22, and A Charlie Brown Christmas on December 13.
Anyone can still watch the Thanksgiving special on Apple TV+ at no charge between November 25 – 27, and A Charlie Brown Christmas between December 11 – 13. Subscribers will get access to the specials a tad earlier, beginning November 18 and December 4, respectively.
We missed the Great Pumpkin last month, but we can still catch our Thanksgiving and Christmas favorites. So don’t make plans for this Sunday – Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang are back on the air, folks!
Check your local listings here.