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A Charlie Brown Christmas will air on PBS, in spite of Apple TV+ rights exclusive

Call it a holiday miracle. Apple today announced that animated holiday classics A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas will, indeed, be appearing on television this year. The news comes after some pushback against an Apple TV+ exclusive that found the Peanuts cartoons being pulled from TV broadcast.
As we noted last month, the deal would mark the first time in 55 years the beloved Christmas special wouldnt be broadcast on network television. Both holiday specials appeared to be resolved to a similar fate as the 1966 Halloween special, Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
While Apples rights had a clause that involved a window for free broadcast, it was hard to shake the feeling that relegating a holiday tradition to a premium subscription service flew in the face of the original specials staunch, anti-consumer message.
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