The Christmas classic that almost wasn’t demonstrates that the network suits can be — gasp! — wrong:
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.