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Ratings: Scandal Tops Soft Halloween Night

Kerry Washington, Sally Pressman

Halloween scared away most viewers Thursday.

Scandal topped a down night overall with 9.2 million viewers and a 2.9 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, on par with last week. ABC's annual broadcast of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (7 million, 2.2) improved more ...
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The Thursday Playlist: Sundance's Haunting Returned a French Halloween Treat

Clotilde Hesme and Pierre Perrier

You were maybe expecting monsters on Halloween? Less than a week after NBC so disastrously attempted to "re-imagine" Dracula, cable's Sundance Channel scores again — in a year that has already given us the exceptional Top of the Lake and Rectify — by subtly yet audaciously flipping the zombie thriller in the eight-part French import The Returned (with English subtitles). In this quietly creepy and profoundly unsettling supernatural mystery (Thursday, 9/8c), the undead are portrayed not as Walking Dead-style flesh-eaters but as deeply and unmistakably flesh-and-blood human.

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TV Guide Magazine's 60 Greatest Cartoons of All Time

The Simpsons

Of all the fantastical things TV brings into our lives, nothing indulges the imagination quite like cartoons. Whether timely (South Park) or timeless (Looney Tunes), animation can truly take us anywhere. The rules — and the budgets — of conventional television don't apply. In short, we just can't help being drawn to them. In honor of TV Guide Magazine's 60th anniversary, we present our list of the best and, often quite literally, the brightest:

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Original Voice of Charlie Brown Gets Year in Jail for Stalking

Peter Robbins

Peter Robbins, the original voice of Charlie Brown on the Peanuts TV specials, was sentenced to one year in jail for threatening his former girlfriend and stalking her plastic surgeon, The Associated Press reports.

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Peter Robbins, Former Voice of Charlie Brown, Arrested on Five Felony Charges

Peter Robbins and Charlie Brown

As Charlie Brown would say, "Oh, brother."

Peter Robbins, who voiced the head of the Peanuts gang during the late 1960s, was arrested Monday in San Diego and charged with five felonies, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Robbins, 56, is charged with four felony counts of making a threat to cause death or... read more

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

Charlie Brown and Linus

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

Tuesday TV Review: Halloween High Jinks, a Covert Director

Lucas Neff and Shannon Woodward

Alert to Great Pumpkin fans: You'll need to be almost as patient as Linus for this year's annual showing of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, which ABC is saving for Halloween night itself, at 8/7c, kicking off Wednesday's great lineup of comedy (though considerably less great without The Middle in the equation). But unlike Linus, you will get your payoff, one considerably more satisfying than the rock Charlie Brown always ends up with after trick or treating.

Are there any timeless classics among Tuesday's Halloween sitcom treats? Perhaps not, but here are a few good reasons to watch (if storm coverage subsides):

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Watercooler: Is the Great Pumpkin the Best Halloween Special Ever?

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Back when the Watercooler was but a wee sippy cup, It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown was the fall classic (no offense, baseball fans). read more

Matt's Guide to Thursday TV: A Halloween Classic, Beavis & Butt-head Return and More!

Beavis and Butt-Head, Beavis

And the Halloween countdown continues ...

With a bona fide classic leading the way, as the patient and faithful Linus once again declares It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (ABC, 8/7c), as he's been doing ever since the Charles Schulz animated special premiered in 1966 (and yes, I was the target audience back then). As Lucy runs afoul ...
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ABC Cancels Charlie’s Angels

Charlie's Angels

ABC has officially canceled its Charlie's Angels remake. Production has shut down, but the show will continue to air for the time being, TVGuide.com has learned.
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Premiered: October 26, 1966
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Premise: Charlie Brown is finally invited to a Halloween party; Snoopy engages the Red Baron in a dogfight; and Linus waits patiently in the pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin. Also: the bonus cartoon, "You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown."

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