A new corporate deal likely means the Halloween special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” will not air on network TV for the first time since 1965.
Instead, the show will stream beginning Monday for subscribers to Apple TV+, the Detroit Free Press reports. It will be free from October 30 to November 1.
“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” launched on CBS in 1966. ABC took it over in 2001.
Apple TV+ is a subscription streaming service that debuted last year. It costs $4.99 a month, and it’s ad-free. According to TV Guide, Apple has been making it available for free for one year with the purchase of a new Apple device.
Apple TV+ is available through the Apple TV app, which can be found on Roku, Fire TV and other smart TVs.
Sources familiar with the Apple deal told Vulture that the deal is exclusive to both broadcast and streaming. Another source said that means ABC will not be airing the exploits of the “Peanuts” crew this year.
Vulture reports that the deal includes all the “Peanuts” holiday specials. That means Thanksgiving and Christmas are no-gos for broadcast, as well.
But Apple plans to make “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” available for free from November 25 to November 27. And the company will stream “A Charlie Brown Christmas” for free from December 11 to December 13. So if people can find the Apple TV+ app, they’ll have a narrow window in which to enjoy those holiday classics.
“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” was written by Charles Schulz and directed by Bill Melendez. In 1966, it was nominated for an Emmy Award.