Why aren't the Charlie Brown holiday specials on network TV?

Why aren't the Charlie Brown holiday specials on network TV?

The TV special's addition to Apple TV+ is part of a bigger deal that made Apple TV+ the home for all things "Peanuts".

However, there's something of an unwritten rule: Christmas movies wait until November and December. After 54 consecutive years, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown will not be shown on television this year.

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"It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" first aired on CBS in 1966 before eventually moving over to ABC in 2000, and has been broadcast every year since.

New animated Peanuts originals coming to Apple TV+ include a second season of the Daytime Emmy-nominated Snoopy in Space, and a slate of brand-new specials that will find the Peanuts gang marking Mother's Day, Earth Day, New Year's Eve and Back to School - all to be produced by WildBrain's animation studio.

Apple TV has announced an exclusive deal with the Peanuts cartoons, which means, those specials are now Apple TV exclusive. However, if you're not a subscriber, there is some good news.

Now, if you're already an Apple TV+ subscriber, you can stream the classic right now.

The previously mentioned Halloween special will be available for free from October 30-November 1, the Thanksgiving special will be available for free from November 25-27, and the Christmas special will be available for free from December 11-13.

Alternatively, you can sign up and have access to the special along with a wealth of other content for the month and beyond.

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