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ABC: Kristen Bell to host 'It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown' special airing Nov. 30

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Tue, Aug 4th 2015 04:20 pm

December marks the 50th anniversary of the Emmy-winning special "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the beloved "Peanuts" animated tale, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," Kristen Bell will host a special holiday retrospective, "It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown," Monday, Nov. 30 (9 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

The anniversary special will celebrate 50 years of the iconic classic that has brought joy and a television watching tradition at the holidays for generations of fans. With an unforgettable night featuring live performances of Vince Guaraldi's classics from acclaimed musical guests, the special will also feature Hollywood notables reminiscing about their most treasured "A Charlie Brown Christmas" moments.

In the digitally remastered 1965 special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees everywhere during the Christmas season. Lucy suggests he become director of the school Christmas pageant, and Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, Charlie Brown needs Linus' help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is.

The cast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" includes Peter Robbins ("Charlie Brown"), Christopher Shea ("Linus"), Tracy Stratford ("Lucy"), Chris Doran ("Schroeder") and Sally Dryer ("Violet").

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" was executive-produced by Lee Mendelson and created and written by Charles M. Schulz. Bill Melendez is the producer and director, and Guaraldi is the music composer.

On Oct. 2, 1950, the "Peanuts" comic strip launched in seven American newspapers. Who would have guessed the impact the brand would have around the world for decades to come? Now celebrating its 65th anniversary, "Peanuts" reaches fans through thousands of consumer products around the world, more than 50 television specials, on all social media channels, and a daily comic strip available in all formats from traditional to digital.

A highly anticipated "Peanuts" movie from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios also is on the horizon for this fall.

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