Without Charlie Brown, I’ll Need MeTV to Come to the Rescue
Yes, it looks like we have a development. As you may know, the Charlie Brown holiday specials will not air on network television for the first time in 55 years.
With Apple purchasing the rights to those classic shows and moving them to their subscription-based platform, many will not have the opportunity to see them.
And that includes me.
You see, I'm an Android customer and am unable to load the AppleTV app, for obvious reasons. So, the fact that these specials will be available outside of the TV+ paywall for a period of time so all can enjoy them really doesn't have an effect on me.
Now, you may be asking, "Why does a grown man care so much about these cartoons?" And the answer is, "They are part of my figurative DNA."
The Charlie Brown Halloween and Christmas specials are as old as I am and I've watched them every year that I've been on the planet. But this year, unless I can find them on Amazon or something, I'm out of luck. (The Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special is part of this deal, too, but I've never really been a fan of that one.)
So here's what I need. I need for MeTV to step forward and dig up some old Halloween specials from the 70s and put them on the air. (I'm assuming we'll still have Rudolph and the Grinch for Christmas.)
No, they won't be classics like It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, but it'll still stir up that nostalgia vibe that always feels good during holidays like Halloween.
But I say MeTV, because that idea is already on its radar. But I think I'd dig a little deeper than the examples the classic television network has provided. (Personally, I don't NEED the 1977 Addams Family reboot.)
I remember, off the top of my head, Halloween Is Grinch Night. I haven't seen it since I was a kid, so my memory of it isn't exactly the clearest. And that means I could get to the 10-minute mark and say, "Well, that was a mistake."
Or maybe they could cull together multiple Scooby Doo episodes and call it a special. I don't know.
I do know I'm gonna miss the Charlie Brown specials, unless I can "scare" them up another way.
Or maybe I'll just eat candy corn and not worry about it.