Peanuts holiday specials to air on PBS after public laments plan to show them only on Apple TV+

by Laura Mize · Nov 19th, 2020 5:00 pm
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Last Updated Nov 20th, 2020 at 9:08 am

The iconic Peanuts cartoon holiday specials will air on public television this year, despite earlier reports that only Apple TV+ would show them.

Following an announcement in October about the specials' removal, many people protested on social media and other platforms.

One person who advocated for the Charlie Brown holiday specials is Michael Nebbia, who started an online petition to bring back them back to broadcast TV. More than 262,000 people had signed the petition, as of late Thursday.

"Peanuts fans will have even more ways to watch Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the gang on their holiday adventures as Apple and PBS team up for special, ad free broadcasts of 'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' and 'A Charlie Brown Christmas,'" PBS said in a statement.

PBS and PBS KIDS will show the Thanksgiving special on November 22, and the Christmas one on December 13. Apple TV+ subscribers can view "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" starting November 18 and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" starting December 4; nonsubscribers can watch the classics free November 25-27 and December 11-13, respectively.


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