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Charley Brown’s Christmas turns 50

a-charlie-brown-christmasA “Charley Brown Christmas” the TV special that almost wasn’t. The TV executives didn’t like several things about the show. Bill Melendez the producer and director had second thoughts about the program as well.  If Charles Shultz had listened to their advice, it would have robbed the special of its impact.

  • They wanted to add a laugh track, so we knew what was funny.
  • They weren’t happy with the children’s voices. Adults could do better.
  • The background jazz music didn’t feel right for a kid’s program.
  • CBS executives thought the reading from Luke might be a turn off, using the King James Version to top it off.

Bill Melendez remembers it like this: Continue reading Charley Brown’s Christmas turns 50