10:00am PT by Rick Porter
Peanuts Holiday Specials to Air on PBS in Deal With Apple
The long run of A Charlie Brown Christmas on over-the-air TV will continue, at least for this year.
Apple — which earlier this year snapped up the rights to the classic holiday special, along with other parts of the Peanuts catalog — has cut a deal with PBS under which A Charlie Brown Christmas and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will air on the public broadcaster. The deal ensures that viewers without access to Apple's TV+ streaming platform can still see the two specials.
The Thanksgiving special will air Nov. 22 on PBS stations, while A Charlie Brown Christmas is set for Dec. 13. Apple will also stream the two shows free for nonsubscribers for a short time — Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving and Dec. 11-13 for Christmas.
A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered on CBS in 1965 and has aired on a broadcast network every year since (CBS through 2000 and ABC since 2001). Apple's agreement with PBS will extend that for one more year. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving debuted in 1973 and has aired on CBS, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and ABC, the latter for the past 19 years.
In October, Apple acquired the rights to both specials, along with It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, as it expanded its existing relationship with WildBrain, Peanuts Worldwide and Lee Mendelson Film Productions, which produced the holiday specials. The deal includes a second season of Snoopy in Space as well as a slate of new holiday specials and a documentary marking the 70th anniversary of Charles M. Schulz's comic strip.