Apple Streaming Service to Feature Peanuts Series and Specials

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Apple is pulling out all the stops for its upcoming streaming service. The platform, which does not currently have an official name or launch date, will have content featuring characters from the Peanuts series, who include Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, and the rest of their friends. The news was reported earlier this week by Deadline Hollywood. The entertainment news website reported that Apple had struck a deal with DHX Media, the company that holds the rights to the Peanuts characters, to feature new series, shorts, and specials for their streaming service. Among the specials to be produced by the service will be STEM content for NASA, which will feature everybody’s favorite beagle, Snoopy. Apple’s deal to make new Peanuts content has been likened to a deal Netflix made last month to adapt new versions of Roald Dahl classics such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda.

Created by cartoonist Charles Schulz, the Peanuts comic strip ran from 1950 to 2000. Vastly popular, the series soon developed television specials in the 60s, with A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown becoming staples of the holiday season. The gang’s most recent outing, the 2015 feature film The Peanuts Movie, was released in 2015 to rave reviews and made over $240 million at the box office.

The Peanuts content will be just one part of Apple’s new service, which already boasts a great deal of talent. Earlier this year, a new series by Battlestar Galactica scribe Ronald D. Moore was announced for the service. Entitled For All Mankind, the series will be set during the Space Race. Speaking at New York Comic Con, Moore teased the premise of the show, hinting that in the series’ fictional universe, the Space Race did not end with the success of the Apollo program. The service will also feature a currently untitled thriller series from director M. Night Shyamalan. Shyamalan’s series is rumored to already be far along in production and will star Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint. Another star-studded series for the service is entitled My Glory Was I Had Such Friends. The series will reunite J.J. Abrams with Jennifer Garner for the first time since the television show Alias ended in 2006. In the show, Garner will play a woman waiting for a heart transplant.

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