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The Origin of the Famous Peanuts Theme Song “Linus and Lucy”

The Peanuts theme song Linus and Lucy has a pretty simple origin. It was introduced on a jazz album composed by Vince Guaraldi in 1964. The name of the album was Jazz Impressions of a Named Charlie Brown. The next year the song would be used for A Charlie Brown Christmas and as such introduced to the world yet again. It’s a fun song and one that is easily recognizable even to people that have never watched Peanuts. That’s just how pervasive the song is in American culture really since it’s been heard just about everywhere. The song has become

The Origin of the Famous Peanuts Theme Song “Linus and Lucy”
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‘Twin Peaks’ Christmas: Hear Dale Cooper and Others Sing Their Creepy Take On a Carol — Turn It On Podcast

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‘Twin Peaks’ Christmas: Hear Dale Cooper and Others Sing Their Creepy Take On a Carol — Turn It On Podcast
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: A body, dead, wrapped in plastic.

And so begins “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” as recorded in 1990 for Kroq-fm’s “The Kevin and Bean Show.” The morning drive radio program used to put out an annual Christmas album, and for the first one, Jack Nance, Dana Ashbrook, Frank Silva, Kyle MacLachlan, Kimmy Robertson, and Robert Bauer created their own rendition of the classic holiday tune. Among the highlights: Twelve cups of coffee, 11 cherry pies, eight dancing midgets, five dozen donuts, four talking logs, three possessed souls and two secret diaries. And of course, the dead body of Laura Palmer.

You can listen to that, and several more holiday songs from and inspired by TV shows, as part of Turn It On’s special Christmas episode! Listen below!

Among the songs: Julian Casablancas does a rendition of the “Saturday Night Live
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Critics Reveal Their Favorite Holiday TV Traditions — IndieWire Survey

Critics Reveal Their Favorite Holiday TV Traditions — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What are your winter holiday season viewing habits (that are not for work)? Do you have traditional go-to shows or movies? Are you looking forward to anything in particular?

Eric Deggans (@deggans), NPR

As I have written in the past, I’m not the kind of critic who loves holiday specials. Too often, they’re too hokey, too commercial, too weird (yes, Bill Murray, I still don’t get “A Very Murray Christmas”) or, in the case of countless Hallmark Channel movies, way too white. But I do have a few holiday media traditions, starting with my Spotify Holiday Tunes playlist, which gets fired up as
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Charlie Brown vs. Rudolph: Here’s Who Won This Year’s Battle of the Classic Christmas Specials — Ratings Watch

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Charlie Brown vs. Rudolph: Here’s Who Won This Year’s Battle of the Classic Christmas Specials — Ratings Watch
Good grief! Christmas specials are in full swing, and the networks dusted off some of their biggest classics last week: ABC’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and CBS’ “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” In their inaugural 2017 runs, “Rudolph” (2.1 among adults 18-49) edged out “Charlie Brown” (1.8), giving a ratings edge to the reindeer with a very shiny nose.

“Rudolph,” which premiered in 1964, and “Charlie Brown,” which first bowed in 1965, are considered the key staples in a sea of primetime holiday specials, some of which have come and gone over the years. But both specials were overshadowed this year by a newcomer: “DreamWorks Trolls Holiday,” which averaged a 2.4 rating when it aired on Nov. 24, during the Thanksgiving weekend.

But there are plenty of caveats to all of this, since none of the specials actually faced off in the same time slot. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” performed respectably considering it aired in a tough Thursday 8 p.
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Ratings: Gotham and Big Bang Theory Dip to Series Lows

Ratings: Gotham and Big Bang Theory Dip to Series Lows
Fox’s Gotham this Thursday returned to 2.63 million total viewers and a 0.8 rating, matching and ticking down to series lows.

Leading out of that, The Orville (3.6 mil/0.9) added some eyeballs versus its last fresh outing while steady in the demo.

Elsewhere….

The CW | Supernatural (1.7 mil/0.5) bounced back from its Thanksgiving drop.

ABC | A Charlie Brown Christmas (6.5 mil/1.6) and that Disney thing/”Magical Holiday Celebration” (5 mil/1.2) respectively rose one and two tenths from last year.

CBS | The Big Bang Theory (13.6 mil/2.4) dipped two tenths from its last fresh outing to mark a series low, while Young Sheldon (12.1 mil/2.1), Mom (8.7 mil/1.4) and
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Ratings: ‘Big Bang,’ ‘Young Sheldon’ Bury ABC’s ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

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Ratings: ‘Big Bang,’ ‘Young Sheldon’ Bury ABC’s ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’
You’re third-place material, Charlie Brown. NBC’s “Thursday Night Football” and the CBS sitcom combo of “The Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon” crushed ABC’s annual broadcast of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” last night. To be fair to the Peanuts characters, however, Snoopy and the gang were actually up year over year in both the key demo and among total viewers. All told, NBC was first in ratings with a 3.1 rating/12 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 10.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. A pregame show and the Dallas Cowboys home victory over.
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Top Performing Arts Venues in New Jersey

Following are the top 5 performing arts venues in New Jersey:

New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall

Location: 1 Center St., Newark; Capacity: 2,868; Tickets sold in 2017: 124,097*; President and CEO: John Schreiber

Located in downtown Newark, the “NJ Pac” is one of “the best-sounding rooms in the state,” says Umt Presents promoter Tony Pallagrosi. Home to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Pac also hosts a cross section of events and concerts by headliners including Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello, as well as live TV broadcasts (“America’s Got Talent”), benefits, galas and dance troupes.

Count Basie Theatre

Location: 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank; Capacity: 1,568; Tickets sold in 2017: 122,303; President and CEO: Adam Philipson

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The storied nonprofit venue has played host to shows by Springsteen, Tony Bennett, Bon Jovi, Brian Wilson, James Brown, Louis C.K. and more. Having celebrated its 90th anniversary last year, the
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The Best TV Shows Based on Comic Books, Manga, and Graphic Novels — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Shows Based on Comic Books, Manga, and Graphic Novels — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best TV show based on a comic book, manga or graphic novel? Any current, older, live-action or animated show is fair game.

Erik Adams (@EricMAdams), A.V. Club

Batman” (1966) spent the better part of the past 50 years as the candy-colored punching bag for the “Biff!”s and “Pow!”s of those aiming to “protect” the character’s integrity — which is to say fans whose sole perception of the Caped Crusader is a tortured loner threatening the criminals of Gotham City through clenched teeth. I know, because I used to be one of them, someone who’d have reflexively answered this question with “‘Batman: The Animated Series,
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4K ‘Peanuts Holiday Collection’ Brings Classic Charlie Brown to Ultra HD Blu-ray

October 10th will mark the debut of classic animation on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with Warner's release of the Peanuts Holiday Collection featuring It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

In addition, each of the three Charlie Brown films included in the Peanuts Holiday Collection 4K Uhd Blu-ray box set will be available to purchase individually as well. All versions also include a standard Blu-ray and Digital HD version with staggered release dates.

The Peanuts Holiday Collection 4K box set carries an Srp of $44.98. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (September 26th); A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (October 24th) and A Charlie Brown Christmas (October 31st) are priced with an Srp of $29.98.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown 4K Uhd includes It’s Magic, Charlie Brown and Charlie Brown’s All-Stars bonus features.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving 4K Uhd includes
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Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian Gifted Fried Chicken Cakes From Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, Find Snow in Calabasas

Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian Gifted Fried Chicken Cakes From Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, Find Snow in Calabasas
Leave it to Chrissy Teigen to gift her friends with fried chicken.

The Cravings author and her husband, John Legend, sent the Kardashian sisters a very unique gift: a caked made of fried chicken and mashed potatoes. (The model is a longtime friend of the reality stars -- Kim Kardashian even threw Chrissy a baby shower earlier this year.)

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Kourtney Kardashian's daughter, Penelope, may have been the most excited recipient, gleefully running through the items in the dessert-like object as her mom took videos on Friday.

"And we like the cake and we like the chicken... [and] yams," the 4-year-old rattled off, as her mom also reminded her that there was also mac and cheese in the concoction.

Khloe Kardashian also received a cake, though she jokingly scolded her friends for the gift, saying they know she's trying to lose weight.

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Jim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... Christmas Time is Here with Peanuts!

After an impressive career, jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi was hired to score A Charlie Brown Christmas, followed by seventeen other Peanuts television specials, until his untimely death in 1976. Can you even imagine those animated features with any other soundtrack Guaraldi and his trio gave sophisticated heart and depth to what could have been just another forgettable cartoon score. At least one night every Christmas season, I walk the cold sidewalks of New York City, headphones on, and Guaraldi playing. I can be the star of my own movieenjoying my own slightly melancholy, wistful scene while I reminisce about another year spent in the city I adore.
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Have Yourself A Movie Little Christmas: 2016 Edition

I’m guessing that you, just like most of us, have always had seasonal favorites when it comes to movies that attempt to address and evoke the spirit of Christmas. Like most from my generation, when I was a kid I learned the pleasures of perennial anticipation of Christmastime as interpreted by TV through a series of holiday specials, like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and even musical variety hours where the likes of Bing Crosby and Andy Williams and Dean Martin et al would sit around sets elaborately designed to represent the ideal Christmas-decorated living room, drinking “wassail” (I’m sure that’s what was in those cups) and crooning classics of the season alongside a dazzling array of guests. (We knew we were moving into a new world of holiday cheer when David Bowie joined Bing Crosby for
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A Charlie Brown Christmas Art Collection From Dark Hall Mansion

Christmas time just wouldn't feel like Christmas without watching A Charlie Brown Christmas. I love that animated classic, and to pay tribute to it, Dark Hall Mansion has released a series of wonderful posters that pays tribute to the holiday special. There are three pieces of art. The first one above comes from Dan May and the ones below are from Marq Spusta, Mike Dubois, and Eduardo Sanabria. If you like any of these prints, click here.

Dark Hall Mansion, www.DarkHallMansion.com, under license from Peanuts Worldwide LLC, continues its annual Christmas and holiday Peanuts releases with artists Dan May, Mike DuBois, Eduardo Sanabria and their official limited edition prints for  "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "Merry Christmas Charlie Brown," all available Friday, December 9th at 12:30 Pm-pst!!Artist Dan May's interpretation of Charles M. Schulz's 1965 classic, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," is quiet and powerful, a piece
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‘Secret Life of Pets,’ ‘Bourne’ Give Universal Two Top Spots on Disc Chart

‘Secret Life of Pets,’ ‘Bourne’ Give Universal Two Top Spots on Disc Chart
Two high-profile theatrical features from Universal Pictures debuted in the two top spots on the national home video sales charts the week ended Dec. 11, as the studio successfully sought to tap into the lucrative impulse holiday shopper.

The Secret Life of Pets,” the 3D computer-animated buddy adventure comedy that with a domestic gross of more than $368 million is the year’s No. 3 movie, debuted at No. 1 on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Bowing at No. 2, also on both charts, was “Jason Bourne,” the fifth and latest installment in the action adventure franchise, which came to home video after earning $162.2 million in U.S. theaters.

Walt Disney Studios’ “Finding Dory,” the year’s top-grossing film, slipped to No. 3 in its fourth week of availability, the first two of which were spent at No.
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Field Guide To Parenting: Explore some pop-culture holiday roads less traveled with your kids

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Our A.V. Club Field Guide To Parenting is designed to guide you toward the best kids’ books, shows, movies, and music, just like we do with The A.V. Club for adults. Every month or so, we will feature a new subject with a few essential pop-culture takes parents should know, saving you from the mountains of kids’ dreck out there.

H is for Holidays

Even if it’s baby’s first Christmas or Hanukkah, you are likely already sick of the usual holiday trappings: It’s A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, etc., etc. Sure, A Charlie Brown Christmas and How The Grinch Stole Christmas hold up after 50 years, but that’s only 40 minutes total without commercials. What about some off-the-beaten-path holiday favorites? Maybe some that don’t clunk you over the head with Santa every chance they get? Again, our team ...
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Jon Batiste (aka Stephen Colbert’s Late Night Bandleader) Premieres Video for New Aloe Blacc Holiday Duet ‘Endless Love’

You might recognize him as Stephen Colbert‘s bandleader on The Late Show, but Jon Batiste is continuing to pursue his solo career with a new holiday album.

On Christmas with Jon Batiste — available exclusively on Amazon — the singer delights with a collection of holiday classics as well as originals, including “Endless Love,” a duet with R&B pal Aloe Blacc. People has an exclusive first look at Batiste and Blacc’s music video for the new track.

“Growing up in New Orleans there is music for every occasion, spanning the full gamut of human emotion and culture. This album
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TV Ratings: Cowboys-Vikings Puts Up Big ‘Thursday Night Football’ Numbers

TV Ratings: Cowboys-Vikings Puts Up Big ‘Thursday Night Football’ Numbers
Updated: Somewhere in an underground bunker, a team of scientists funded by the NFL and its media partners is likely attempting to find a way to clone the Dallas Cowboys so they can play in every primetime NFL game.

Thursday’s Cowboys-Vikings nailbiter, which aired on NBC and the NFL Network, drew a huge audience of 21.8 million viewers and a 12.8 household rating, making it the NFL’s most-watched Thursday night game. In earlier results, the game brought in a 14.1 household rating in Nielsen’s metered market overnights — the second-best overnight rating for a “Thursday Night Football” game. Thursday’s Cowboys win was a massive improvement over the overnights for the rest of this season’s “Tnf” slate, which is averaging an 8.8 household rating when airing on a broadcast network and NFL Network.

(As a reminder, two of this season’s Thursday games — the season opener on Sept. 9 and the Thanksgiving night game last week — were technically part
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