The Video That Ruined Charlie Brown?

Tonight I saw this promo — a real promo, running on real television — for ABC’s broadcast of “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” I think this promo might have appeared earlier, but this is the first time I’ve seen it. Nothing I could say about it could really do justice to the pain of it, so here it is with no further comment:

Update: ABC has removed the video from its site, but you can still find it here.

Oh, sure, you can argue that this doesn’t hurt any worse than “It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown” or the one where we see the Little Red-Haired girl — and those were actual specials, not promos. Plus whoever wrote the promo at least amused himself by coming up with some decent rhymes (bossy/saucy/posse).

But still, at least “Flashbeagle” embarrassed the Peanuts gang by updating them to the actual time when it appeared. This seems to be updating Charlie Brown all the way up to TV parodies of rap music from the early ’90s. I’m just surprised that the phrase “and I’m here to say” appears nowhere in this video.

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