Tuesday, December 06, 2005

You Can't
The Bible
Network TV

Funny little article from AP, about my favorite Christmas show:

When CBS bigwigs saw a rough cut of A Charlie Brown Christmas in November 1965, they hated it.

"They said it was slow," executive producer Lee Mendelson remembers with a laugh. There were concerns that the show was almost defiantly different: There was no laugh track, real children provided the voices, and there was a swinging score by jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi.

Mendelson and animator Bill Melendez fretted about the insistence by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz that his first-ever TV spinoff end with a reading of the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke by a lisping little boy named Linus.

"We told Schulz, 'Look, you can't read from the Bible on network television,' " Mendelson says.

Well, it looks like you can, after all.

There have, in my opinion, been very few moments, in television history, as touching as when Linus says, "And that's what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown."