Lee Mendelson

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ABC's Peanuts Specials Are a Perennial Ratings Hit, Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown may decry the commercialization of the holidays, but there's no denying the continued popularity of his TV specials. A Charlie Brown Christmas returns to ABC Wednesday night (8/7c) for the first of two airings this month, and if the network's recent rebroadcasts of the Peanuts Halloween and Thanksgiving specials are any indication, it's sure to do well.read more

How A Charlie Brown Christmas Became a Holiday Tradition

Christmas time is here...and so is the 45th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Filled with humor, heart and a universal message of goodwill toward men, the tale of Chuck's search for the meaning of Christmas, Snoopy's prize-winning decorations and the saddest little tree ever never fails to make the season bright. So we rang up executive producer Lee Mendelson to talk about the special's lasting legacy, how it came to be, and Mariah Carey's take on its iconic theme as performed on her "Merry Christmas to You" special Monday night (9/8c, ABC).

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Why Aren't I Tough?
It's Now or Never Charlie Brown
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Year Title Description
2010 Charlie Brown Christmas TV Show Series, Executive Producer
2010 Happy New Year, Charlie Brown TV Show Series, Executive Producer
2009 It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown; Charlie Brown All Stars! TV Show Series, Executive Producer
2003 Charlie Brown Christmas TV Show Series, Remarks by
2003 Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown TV Show Series, Producer

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