20 items from 2013
There’s going to be more Charlie Brown on ABC for the next few years. The network announced today that its finalized an an additional 5-year agreement with Peanuts Worldwide LLC and Lee Mendelson Film Productions to continue showing the Charles M. Schulz holiday specials until 2020. First aired in 1965, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and A Charlie Brown Christmas have been on ABC since December 2001. The Emmy Award-winning specials by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz are produced and animated by Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez. No details of the agreement were made available. However, even while down from last year this year, the specials certainly have been a return on investment for the network. Airing on December 3, this year’s A Charlie Brown Christmas was down 34% from its November 28 airing in 2012 but still beat Fox’s new Almost Human among Adults 18-49. Last year’s »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Let NBC have their live musicals. Charlie Brown and his friends are sticking with ABC.
The network has extended its deal with Peanuts Worldwide LLC and Lee Mendelson Film Productions to air the classic animated holiday specials “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” through 2020. The specials, created Charles M. Schulz and based on his “Peanuts” comicstrip characters, began airing on ABC in December 2001.
“We are thrilled that our 13 year association with ABC will now extend to 20 years,” executive producer Mendelson said in a statement. “The network has shown us tremendous support from the start, including restoring the original length to our holiday shows. Charlie Brown and Snoopy are dancing today!”
The “Peanuts” comicstrip launched in seven American newspapers on October 2, 1950 and popularized phrases like “security blanket” and “good grief.” The first of these holiday specials, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” aired »
- Whitney Friedlander
From Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Guillermo del Toro (the Hellboy films, Pan’s Labyrinth), the thriller stars Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as the head of a Centers for Disease Control team in New York City. Unexpectedly, the group is tasked with investigating a mysterious viral outbreak with the hallmarks of an evil strain of vampirism.
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- Megan Masters
The Peanuts gang will stay on ABC for many more years. The net just inked an extension with Peanuts Worldwide LLC and Lee Mendelson Film Productions to keep the Emmy-winning specials like “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” through 2020.
The specials were created by Charles M. Schulz and produced and animated by Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez. They began airing on ABC in 2001. “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which first aired on TV in 1965, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in the coming year.
Mendelson and Melendez’s association with Schulz harkens back to 1965 with “A Charlie Brown Christmas. »
- Lynette Rice
Thanksgiving is a huge day for television. The holiday TV ratings are dominated by NFL games and the Thanksgiving Day parade, but there are other shows that millions of viewers tune into every year as well. For one, ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’, always a popular family show, was viewed by 5.3 million people this year. [&hellip
Why Lady Gaga’s Muppet Thanksgiving Special Flopped »
- Chris Norton
Talk about a ratings turkey. Lady Gaga teamed up with the Muppets for an ABC special on Thanksgiving, which failed to reel in viewers on the holiday night. The 90-minute special, titled Lady Gaga & The Muppets Holiday Spectacular, only attracted 3.6 million viewers and a low 0.9 rating in the all-important adults 18-49 demo. And while we would blame viewers just being too tired from all the turkey they consumed earlier in the night, the network's annual 8 p.m. repeat of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving brought in 5.6 million viewers and 1.6 rating. The low ratings for Gaga's special with the Muppets, which featured cameos from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sir Elton John and Kristen Bell, are »
Traidtional holiday faves like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC and “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” on ABC scored strong ratings on Thursday but the Alphabet’s special featuring Lady Gaga and the Muppets failed to bring in much of a crowd.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular” averaged a 0.9 rating in adults 18-49/3 share and 3.6 million viewers overall from 9:30 to 11 p.m. While that left it behind football on NBC and repeats on CBS, it matched Fox’s “Glee” original in the demo while drawing more total viewers.
The special saw the singer and puppet ensemble perform songs from her new album with guests including Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Kristen Bell. Gaga was looking to recruit new fans as her “Artpop” recently bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart but took a sharp dive in its second week. »
- Rick Kissell
The Spider-Man baloon may have been clipped by a tree, but the ratings for NBC’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade continued their ascent. After hitting a six-year high in the metered markets last year with a 11.5 household rating, NBC’s 9 Am-noon coverage of the parade anchored by bearded Al Roker and Matt Lauer did one better yesterday, climbing 17% to a 13.5, an 11-year high. NBC’s Thanksgiving dominance extended to primetime with the Steelers-Ravens football game, which drew a 11.8 metered market rating, up 3% from last year, and the network is expected to win the night in total viewers and adults 18-49. ABC’s A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1.6 in 18-49) from 8-9:30 Pm ranked in between the network’s two rebroadcasts of the special last year — 2.2 on Thanksgiving Eve and 1.1 on Thanksgiving. It was followed by Lady Gaga And The Muppets Holiday Spectacular (0.9), which was down 25% from the Michael Jackson »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
ABC’s broadcast of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving this Thursday tackled 5.3 million total viewers and a 1.6 demo rating, surging 33 and 45 percent versus last year.
Following a Modern Family rerun (3.4 mil/1.1), Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Spectacular closed ABC’s night with 3.6 mil and a 0.9, down 22 and 25 percent from the network’s year-ago Michael Jackson special and trailing CBS’ Crazy Ones (4.3 mil/1.1) and Elementary (4.7 mil/1.1) repeats.
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- Matt Webb Mitovich
Fast National ratings for Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013
Following a day of turkey and football, Americans settled down for ... more football, as NBC's prime-time NFL broadcast drew the night's best ratings by a long shot. CBS also got a boost from its afternoon football game, which ran into the start of primetime.
Elsewhere Thursday, new episodes of "The X Factor" and "Glee" struggled badly opposite the NFL. "Lady Gaga and the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular" on ABC came in lower than Gaga's Thanksgiving special two years ago, but "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" was up over last year.
NBC averaged 17.6 million viewers and a 9.2 rating/16 share in households in primetime, pending updates for its NFL broadcast. That was more than twice as many viewers as second-place CBS (7.35 million, 4.0/8). ABC (4.2 million, 2.2/4) came in third, and Fox (3.3 million, 2.0/4) took fourth. The CW trailed with 1.1 million viewers and a 0.7/1.
NBC's 5.6 rating among adults 18-49 beat the combined »
Lady Gaga’s holiday special failed to generate much applause. The Artpop singer’s Thanksgiving special with The Muppets disappointed in the ratings Thursday night.
ABC’s 90-minute Lady Gaga & The Muppets Holiday Spectacular had only 3.6 million viewers and a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 at 9:30 p.m. That’s considerable less than ABC’s 8 p.m. annual repeat of a 40-year-old holiday special, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (5.3 million, 1.6 in demo).
Perhaps a more telling comparison: Lady Gaga’s previous ABC holiday effort, A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, aired in this same slot two year ago, but had a 78 percent higher rating (5.4 million total viewers, »
- James Hibberd
When we counted down our top seven Thanksgiving videos of 2013, readers noted that we failed to mention a special Thanksgiving event that won't happen again for more than 70,000 years: Thanksgivukkah, the holiday resulting from the convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Sure enough, there have been many Thanksgivukkah-themed videos posted to YouTube over the past few weeks, but if you want to sum up the whole phenomenon in one go, please direct your attention to the Shoot East channel, which has debuted a fake trailer for a horror film called 'Thanksgivukkah: The Movie'. Amidst a sea of similar Thanksgivukkah musical adventures (of which this 'Royals' parody stands out), only Shoot East's trailer really dials the outlandish stereotypes up to 11. If you're going to fuel a video with a handful of broad caricatures (which, to be frank, seems to be the goal of most Thanksgivukkah videos), why not go all out? 'Thanksgivukkah: »
- Sam Gutelle
The turkey’s stuffed, the pumpkin’s pie’d and the family’s gathered — but don’t neglect your old friend, TV! It’s working Ot this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, serving marathons of fave shows (Castle) and flicks (James Bond), holiday movies (My Santa) and classics (A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving), plus fresh episodes of Glee, Grimm and others. So unbutton your pants and pick up your remote — it’s relaxin’ time. (Sunday’s entrees, including the Walking Dead finale, a great Wife and The Mentalist 2.0 will be covered separately.)
Thursday, Nov. 28
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- Misha Solomon
Thanksgiving prep isn't a walk in the park, but you may find some down time between baking pies and setting the table. Use that time to cuddle on the couch and take in some holiday TV with the kids. Here, Thanksgiving specials the entire family can enjoy. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Source: Lee Mendelson Film Productions Share a piece of pie while watching this holiday classic on ABC Family. No one can ever get enough of Charlie hosting a fun friendsgiving. (Nov. 28, 8 p.m. Est) Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular Source: ABC Get into the winter holiday spirit with Lady Gaga and the Muppet gang. Sir Elton John, Kristen Bell, and other famous faces will appear in this ABC special, which also includes a sneak-peak of Muppets Most Wanted. (Nov. 28, 9:30 p.m. Est) See what shows to watch during Thanksgiving week! »
- Leah Rocketto
Imagine sitting down with your family in November to watch the classic Peanuts television special A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. After enjoying the antics of Snoopy making a Thanksgiving dinner of toast, pretzels, popcorn, and jelly beans for all the neighborhood kids who rudely invite themselves over to Charlie Brown’s place, you find yourself horrified at the final scene: Snoopy’s little yellow buddy Woodstock stuffs himself on turkey. To this day, this scene shocks viewers, with some accusing Woodstock of engaging in cannibalism. He seemed like such a nice bird. Since we love a good Thanksgiving feast, and we love the Peanuts characters, this got us thinking: Is Woodstock really a cannibal? The Answer: Not at all. And in the end, humans are worse. In spite of being accused by Jeff Winger of sounding like the Jim Belushi of speech openings, let’s start by looking at the actual definition of “cannibal.” According »
- Kevin Carr
Every Sunday Amazon rotates their weekly DVD/Blu-ray deals and I've grabbed the ones ending tomorrow and linked them below. If you're A Nightmare on Elm Street or Tim Burton fan, check out the first two links. A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection (All 7 Original Nightmare Films + Bonus Disc) [Blu-ray] $25.99 (57% off) The Tim Burton Collection + Book (Pee Wee's Big Adventure/Beetlejuice/Batman/Batman Returns/Mars Attacks!/Corpse Bride/Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) [Blu-ray] $25.99 (57% off) Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Collection (Ultimate Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] $26.99 (61% off). Set includes Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and more. Includes 6 discs. The Munsters: The Complete Series 1966 $31.49 (55% off) Goosebumps Complete Double Pack Collection $21.49 (64% off) Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Amazon has a trio of great Blu-ray collections on sale this week including a seven film collection from director Tim Burton which includes Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman, Batman Returns, Mars Attacks!, Corpse Bride and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory all for only $25.99 (buy it here) and if you feel like it, you can add the Blu-ray for Edward Scissorhands for only $7.99 (buy it here). Next is the Nightmare on Elm Street Collection, which includes all the Freddy Krueger classics -- A Nightmare on Elm St, Freddy's Revenge, Dream Warriors, The Dream Master, The Dream Child, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare and Wes Craven's New Nightmare -- also for only $25.99. You can buy that one right here. amz asin="B003WWDT1A" size="small"And finally, if you're a "Peanuts" fan, the "Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Collection" is on sale for $26.99 (buy it here) and it includes a fleet of »
- Brad Brevet
Every Sunday Amazon rotates their weekly DVD/Blu-ray deals and I've grabbed the highlights and linked them below. If you're A Nightmare on Elm Street or Tim Burton fan, check out the first two links. A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection (All 7 Original Nightmare Films + Bonus Disc) [Blu-ray] $25.99 (57% off) The Tim Burton Collection + Book (Pee Wee's Big Adventure/Beetlejuice/Batman/Batman Returns/Mars Attacks!/Corpse Bride/Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) [Blu-ray] $25.99 (57% off) Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Collection (Ultimate Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] $26.99 (61% off). Set includes Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and more. Includes 6 discs. The Munsters: The Complete Series 1966 $31.49 (55% off) Goosebumps Complete Double Pack Collection $21.49 (64% off) Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
If you were growing sick and tired of watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving every November, Relativity’s got your back with Free Birds, the animated Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson-voiced turkey caper filling the Thanksgiving film void we didn’t know was empty. Nothing says “gather around the table with friends and loved ones” like “animated birds facing their own mortality.” Reggie (Wilson) is a happy turkey who was pardoned by the President and now lives at Camp David, eating pizza and watching TV. He’s even got a lady-turkey (Amy Poehler). Jake (Harrelson) comes from the Turkey Freedom Front, a radical group fighting for freedom from the dinner table. The two team up to find a time machine in a government lab to take back to the first Thanksgiving so they can stop turkey from getting on the menu altogether. Now, I know they’re simple birds, but if they’re smart enough to master »
- Samantha Wilson
The UK has seen a pretty awesome summer in 2013 compared to recent years. But as brilliant as constant sunshine is a welcome change to the usual rain in June or snow in April, some of us here at Digital Spy can't help but choose autumn as our favourite season of the year. And autumn has arrived today!
Sun is still around, a cool breeze is in the year, trees and falling leaves look like a beautiful painting, and we can start wearing cosy jumpers. So for those who love this time of year, DS has compiled a list of 12 great autumnal movies for the 12 equinox hours to get you in the mood.
While the time-travel elements may be confusing and make little sense, this underrated gem reunites Speed's Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in a film that really showcases the beauty of autumn throughout.
With much »
20 items from 2013
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