Question: My wife noticed that this year, for the first time in memory, there was no Great Pumpkin. Is this related to Charles Schulz's death, or just changing TV demographics? It just won't be Christmas without Charlie Brown, Linus, and Snoopy. Keith Brown (no relation)
Televisionary: Thanks for the clarification, Keith, but I was already pretty sure I don't have a cousin named Brown.
Thank you very much you've been a great crowd.
In all seriousness, fear not. For 35 years, CBS owned the rights to broadcast the three classic Peanuts holiday specials, but ABC ponied up more and grabbed them in a deal that stunned many in the industry. As of next year, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas will be on the alphabet network.
CBS execs complained that the Schulz estate simply went for the bigger offer, but fans point out that the network aired only the Christmas special annually, scheduling the other two shows sporadically from year to year. ABC, for its part, said it plans to air all three specials each year and even hinted at the possibility of new shows based on outlines Schulz worked on before his death.