This decision comes after thousands of Peanuts fans started a petition to bring back the specials on TV.
It doesn't matter if A Charlie Brown Thanskgiving ran into a recent controversy, people are still going to love it. And this was proven after it was annouced that the beloved Peanuts holiday special will be aired on TV, after all. According to a report by Comicbook, many fans of the classic Peanuts holiday series are delighted to know that A Charlie Brown Christmas and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will air on broadcast TV this year. Previously, it was announced that it won't air on ABC after Apple TV+ secured the rights. But after facing severe backlash from fans, they have reversed their decision.
Apple and PBS announced a new partnership which will allow the channel to broadcast the specials along with the debut on the Apple streaming service. Additonally, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will also air on PBS and PBS KIDS on November 22nd at 7:30 p.m. A Charlie Brown Christmas will air on PBS and PBS KIDS on December 13th at 7:30 p.m. Both these holiday specials are based on beloved classic Peanuts comic strip written by Charles Schulz. The holiday special will stream in HD and ad-free on Apple TV+.
Meanwhile, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will premiere on the streaming platform on November 25-November 27, and A Charlie Brown Christmas on December 4. The holiday special will be available for free from December 11- December 13. After it was announced that Apple TV+ acquired the exclusive rights and the holiday specials won't air on TV anymore, it majorly upset the public and almost everyone resented the decision.
After last month's announcement that Apple TV+ would become the official home of all things Peanuts, it didn't sound like anyone would get the cheer of Charlie Brown on regular television this holiday season. https://t.co/eTX3CzOs81— Consequence of Sound (@consequence) November 20, 2020
Fans were worried since Apple TV + acquired the rights, it could very well mean the end of a holiday tradition that has been going on since 1965. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown debuted on Apple TV+ in October and also streamed for free for a few days near Halloween. Keeping the controversy aside, Apple TV+ is home to the ongoing animated series Snoop in Space and they are also producing new Charlie Brown specials related to Mother's Day, Earth Day, New Year's Eve, and the first day back at school.
People were delighted with the news of their holiday specials coming back to television once again and shared their joy on Twitter. One person wrote, "The holidays just wouldn't be the same without these gems, so this partnership is a bonus for me (now, I just need to track down a DVD copy of these)." A second one added, "A Charlie Brown Christmas just feels so right every year. That and the original Grinch are my only “must watch” programs. They make me feel so good. They matter a lot." A third one quipped, "Thank you. Can't take away freaking Charlie Brown Holiday specials THIS year."
Don’t F with our Peanuts.— ❕Disputed Monkey 🙊 (@WonderMonkey78) November 19, 2020
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