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IT'S YOUR 50TH CHRISTMAS, CHARLIE BROWN
November 30, 2015  | By David Bianculli

ABC, 8:00 p.m. ET

 
SPECIAL: Kristin Chenoweth, who won a Tony Award playing Charlie Brown’s little sister, Sally, in the Broadway revival of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown 16 years ago, is one of the musical performers in this new special, which celebrates the original telecast of the first Peanuts animated TV special – and that was 50 years ago, on Dec. 9, 1965. Sarah McLachlan, Boyz II Men and Pentatonix also appear, and the host is Kristen Bell (pictured), a mean vocalist herself. When I think of Charlie Brown, I don’t think of Boyz II Men, but anything celebrating one of TV’s all-time best specials is fine with me. Especially if an uncut version of that special follows immediately, as it does tonight.
 
 
 
 
 
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