The Great Pumpkin’ Switches Over To An “Apple” Home

Good Grief! As if we needed more proof that Halloween 2020 will be like no other, the beloved Peanuts gang just provided it.

In a huge break for a long-standing holiday tradition, it was announced this week that the iconic It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown has been uprooted from ABC and will show exclusively on Apple TV+ starting this year, as reported by movieweb.com.

Apple TV+ has joined forces with WildBrain, Peanuts Worldwide and Lee Mendelson Film Productions to air all Peanuts shows and specials, starting with It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown–which has already started streaming, and will be available for free viewing from Oct. 30-Nov. 1.

Other Peanuts holiday specials to air on Apple TV+ will include A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving starting Nov. 18 (with free viewing from Nov. 25-27) and A Charlie Brown Christmas starting Dec. 4 (with free viewing from Dec. 11-13).

New animated Peanuts originals coming to Apple TV+ include a second season of Snoopy in Space and specials featuring the Peanuts gang marking Mother’s Day, Earth Day and New Year’s Eve.

The first Great Pumpkin special–which aired on CBS back in 1966–was written by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz and was directed and produced by Bill Melendez. The Emmy-nominated special was shown on CBS through 2000, and was picked up by ABC the following year.

Keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on your favorite Halloween and holiday specials.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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