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Whew: Charlie Brown Specials Returning to TV

'Peanuts' skipped Halloween, will be back for Thanksgiving and Christmas

(Newser) - The Great Pumpkin never showed on broadcast television this year, but after a deal with PBS, the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Christmas specials will return to the air, the AP reports. Last month, Apple TV+ became the new home to the beloved Peanuts holiday specials. That sparked an outcry from...

Charles Schulz's Home Destroyed in California Inferno

Home of late 'Peanuts' creator burned to ground; widow escapes, son's home also destroyed

(Newser) - The home of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz burned to the ground in the deadly California wildfires, but his widow escaped, her stepson said Thursday. Jean Schulz, 78, evacuated before flames engulfed her hillside home Monday and is staying with a daughter, Monte Schulz says. The Schulzes built the split-level home...

After 31 Years, MetLife Is Dumping Snoopy

MetLife spinning off much of its individual life insurance business in the US

(Newser) - You've probably gotten pretty used to seeing the Peanuts characters on MetLife sales and marketing materials, in its commercials and other ads, and prominently displayed on its blimp. But after 31 years of using Snoopy & Co. in its advertising, the life insurance business is parting ways with the...

Charlie Brown Actor Facing Prison Time in Threats Case

He pleaded guilty to threatening a sheriff and mobile home park manager Tuesday

(Newser) - The legal woes of the one-time Charlie Brown continue, as former child actor Peter Robbins pleaded guilty to making criminal threats Tuesday, the AP reports. The 59-year-old, who voiced the popular Peanuts character in multiple TV specials in the 1960s, has been charged with offering $50,000 to have the...

Voice of Charlie Brown Upset by Ex's Boob Job

 Voice of Charlie 
 Brown Upset by 
 Ex's Boob Job 
say prosecutors

Voice of Charlie Brown Upset by Ex's Boob Job

Peter Robbins accused of stalking, threatening ex and plastic surgeon

(Newser) - More details are trickling out on why, exactly, the "voice of Charlie Brown" was arrested Sunday : Peter Robbins was, allegedly, quite unhappy that he paid for a breast enhancement for a girlfriend ... and then the relationship didn't last. The 56-year-old is accused of stalking and threatening both the...

Voice of Charlie Brown Gets Arrested

Peter Robbins busted for alleged stalking, threats

(Newser) - As if the "voice of Elmo" scandal wasn't enough to wreck our childhood memories, now the voice of Charlie Brown has been arrested. Peter Robbins, who voiced the popular animated character as a child, was busted in San Diego Sunday night and will be arraigned today on one...

Up for Auction: Charles Schulz's Forbidden Love Letters

'Peanuts' creator sent them to young lady while he was married

(Newser) - The late Peanuts creator Charles Schulz was once so infatuated with a young woman 23 years his junior he sent her dozens of romantic letters and drawings of his beloved cartoon characters. Many of the themes of that correspondence made it into his daily comic strips at the time, and...

Relax, There's No More Peanut Shortage

Record crop numbers should mean plenty of peanut butter this year

(Newser) - Shoppers went a bit nutty earlier this year after two years of drought led to a peanut shortage that sent peanut butter prices skyward. But farmers are now growing the crop in record numbers, which should bring down supermarket prices, reports the Wall Street Journal . Areas in US where the...

Coming Back to the Big Screen: Peanuts

But feature film won't be out until 2015

(Newser) - It's either good news or bad news for Peanuts fans, depending on your faith in 20th Century Fox: Charles Schulz's classic comic strip is coming back to the big screen. The Peanuts feature film, written by Schulz's son Craig, grandson Bryan, and Cornelius Uliano, hits theaters Nov....

Exposure May Tame Peanut Allergy

Some children allergy free after new treatment

(Newser) - Peanut allergy treatment may be just a few years away, now that preliminary studies have discovered that some children can develop tolerance with minute doses of peanuts under careful clinical supervision, say researchers. Peanut and tree nut allergies limit the diets of 3 million Americans, the New York Times reports....

Schroeder 'Played' Real Beethoven
Schroeder 'Played' Real Beethoven 

Schroeder 'Played' Real Beethoven

Schulz's love of classical music came through in comic

(Newser) - The written notes that rose over Schroeder's piano weren't just doodles, scholars studying Peanuts tell the New York Times. Charles Schulz loved classical music as much as his Beethoven-obsessed character and carefully transcribed notes from real Beethoven scores to provide a soundtrack for every comic strip in which Schroeder was...

Scientists Crack Open Nutty Idea: Eat These

(Newser) - Here's a health tip in a nutshell: Eating a handful of nuts a day for a year—along with a Mediterranean diet rich in fruit, vegetables and fish—may help undo a collection of risk factors for heart disease, the AP reports. Spanish researchers found that adding nuts worked better...

Peanuts Animator Dies
 Peanuts Animator Dies

Peanuts Animator Dies

Bill Melendez was also 'voice' of Snoopy

(Newser) - The creator of the Charlie Brown TV specials and movies, one of the most popular animation franchises in entertainment history, has died at the age of 91 in Santa Monica, reports the Los Angeles Times. Jose Cuautemoc "Bill" Melendez brought the Peanuts characters to the screen and was the...

Peanut Allergies Hit Younger Kids
Peanut Allergies Hit Younger Kids

Peanut Allergies Hit Younger Kids

Serve plain jelly sandwiches at lunch until youngsters turn 3, researchers suggest

(Newser) - Peanut allergies are showing up earlier in young children, researchers said today, cautioning parents to keep the legumes out of toddlers' diets. Older kids "can tell you right away if their mouths feel funny,” one doctor explained. The median age of a first reaction is now 14 months,...

Good Grief! Peanuts Writer Was Depressive

New biography depicts buried rage of comic artist

(Newser) - Charles Shulz hid his dark side amid tales of Charlie, Lucy, Linus and Snoopy, according to a new biography. Snoopy's romance was secretly Shulz's extramarital affair, and Charlie Brown was victim to the very buried rage that Shulz took out on others. An old pal confirmed this dark portrayal, writing...

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