A Charlie Brown Christmas

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Charlie Brown finally wins one! The backlash forced the Apple blockheads to back down.

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Noon Tuesday Dec. 17 Update: ABC repeats A Charlie Brown Christmas at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 (Channel 9).

Origional post Dec. 5, 2019: Repeating my favorite story about my favorite Christmas TV special from Nov. 30, 2015.

Tonight's A Charlie Brown Christmas remains the best holiday TV special for all the reasons that CBS executives didn’t like it before the 1965 premiere.

The simplicity of the story. The absence of adult voices. Its anti-commercialism message. The terrific jazz sound track by Vince Guaraldi.

And Linus quoting the Bible to tell "the true meaning of Christmas," about the birth of Jesus Christ.

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From Rudolph to Ralphie, John Legend to Johnny Cash, the Grinch to Amy Grant, Elf to Ed Sullivan, Lucy Van Pelt to Lucy Ricardo, they’re all here in my Holiday Program Guide.

It’s my biggest list ever, and it has something for everyone. Here’s the link to a downloadable PDF so you can print the list, circle your favorites and share with family and friends.

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WCPO-TV will celebrate Fiona the baby hippo. an "adorable underdog," with a one-hour special Thursday, Dec. 21.

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Charlie Brown, The Grinch, Ralphie, Scrooge, "Elf," "White Christmas," "Miracle on 34th Street"… Yep, they’re all here in my list.

Elmo and Eloise, Linus and Lucy, The Honeymooners and the Clampetts, Carol Brady and Carol Burnett are here too.

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"A Charlie Brown Christmas" is the best Christmas TV special for many reasons: Linus quoting the Bible. The strong anti-commercialism theme. And the great jazz music by pianist Vince Guaraldi.

That's my favorite part, the music. I'm listening to it now as I write this.

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“A Charlie Brown Christmas” remains the best holiday TV special for all the reasons that CBS executives didn’t like 50 years ago.

The simplicity of the story. The absence of adult voices. Its anti-commercialism message. The terrific jazz sound track by Vince Guaraldi. Linus quoting the Bible. 

Here are 10 things you didn’t know about the iconic Christmas cartoon, which airs for the 50th year tonight (9 p.m., Channel 9) following ABC’s musical salute called “It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown (8 p.m.). I’ll be talking about Christmas TV specials on “Cincinnati Edition” at 1 p.m. today on 91.7 WVXU-FM.

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'Tis the season and, as usual, the broadcast and cable networks have a busy schedule of Christmas movies and holiday specials to get you in the spirit. And once again this year, television and entertainment reporter John Kiesewetter has put together his list of holiday programs so you can find your favorites.

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Charlie Brown, Rudolph, The Grinch, Frosty, Prancer, White Christmas,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “A Christmas Story”…. Yep, they’re all here.

Linus and Lucy, Lucy and Desi, and the “Little Drummer Boy” too.

My annual holiday programming guide below is back and bigger than ever -- since it includes Christmas and Hanukkah specials airing on public radio, here at the new home for my Media Beat blog.

Print it out. Post it on the fridge.

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Fifty years? Good grief! “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” first broadcast reluctantly by CBS in 1965, will air twice on ABC before Christmas, along with a one-hour musical salute to the award-winning cartoon.

ABC also celebrates the 20th anniversary of “Toy Story,” with a one-hour tribute in December to Pixar Animation Studios which revolutionized computer-generated animation.

“It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown” airs 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 (Channel 9, ABC), as the TV networks start filling their channels with holiday programming the four weeks leading up to Christmas. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” follows at 9 p.m. Nov. 30.