WASHINGTON, October 31, 2013 —Charlie Brown and his great pumpkin are back so it must be Halloween. Those of us who have watched the Charles M. Schulz classic as part of a yearly Halloween ritual acknowledge its timeless appeal by sharing it with each new generation. WE also know it is an easy sell, so sharing it with the kids is enjoyed by everyone.
In recent years “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” has attracted as many as ten million viewers. It’s a great tradition, but the newest generation of parents are technology junkies. To satisfy their Twitter loving, Facebook posting, YouTube watching needs, Jimmy Kimmel came up with an idea just for all of you.
Go ahead and take the kids trick-or-treating. But not just a little while for some gum, a few suckers and a bruised apple. Take them mega-treating and don’t stop till a king’s bounty of candy is collected. Then watch Charlie Brown with them and allow them just one piece of candy before bed. Let them salivate over the heaping sack of Kit-Kats, Snickers, and Milky Ways, secure in the knowledge that it will be there when they wake up.
Make sure you rise before the kids so you can be ready to film them when they jump out of bed the next morning and dash for their candy collections. Also make sure you keep a straight face when you tell them you ate all their candy. After traumatizing your children and capturing the action with your iPhone, upload it on YouTube. Don’t forget to name it “Jimmy Kimmel’s Halloween Prank” or something similar.
After you have uploaded your video and shared it on your social network, get the phone book out of the junk drawer and look up a good child therapist. The last step may be a bit extreme, but there are some things kids don’t joke about. Most of us, no matter what age, don’t joke about chocolate.
A good compromise would be to show your kids the videos rather than make them the unwitting star of their own. That way their chocolate is saved and you won’t feel bad when you lay claim to all the Almond Joys.
Last year’s video had over 34 million views.
All times are EDT:
ABC: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: (Repeat) Linus waits in the pumpkin patch for the elusive Halloween symbol to appear; a bonus cartoon, ”You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown,” features Linus in a run for class president.
CBS: The Big Bang Theory: (Repeat) When Sheldon’s childhood hero, Professor Proton, seeks Leonard’s help with an experiment, the slighted Sheldon goes nuclear and decides to get revenge by befriending another TV science guy, Bill Nye.
FOX: The X Factor: (New) Featuring the Top 12 finalists.
NBC: SNL Halloween: (New) Halloween-theme sketches from “Saturday Night Live” are presented.
CW: The Vampire Diaries: (New) Elena meets a sad and secretive student on campus. Later, Elena and Damon attend the Whitmore Historical Ball dressed as Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. While there, Elena receives a disturbing message from Dr. Maxfield. Meanwhile, Nadia reveals her surprising history to Katherine
TNT: NBA Basketball: Knicks at Bulls: (Live) New York at Chicago
CBS: The Millers: (New) Nathan, Debbie and Adam take Mikayla trick-or-treating on Halloween to a house where a witch is believed to live. Also: Nathan and Debbie are furious when they learn the truth about what really happened to their pet parrot when they were kids.
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy: (New) Costumed patients create a challenge for the doctors; Derek and Ben work on a new surgical technique; Richard asks a resident to perform his next surgery, angering Bailey.
CBS: The Crazy Ones: (New) Simon is nominated for a coveted advertising award, as is the guy Sydney had a huge crush on in high school.
FOX: Glee: (Repeat) The McKinley gang celebrate the life of former quarterback and New Directions member Finn Hudson. The episode mirrors the real-life death of actor Cory Monteith (1982-2013), who played Finn.
NBC: Sean Saves the World: (New) When Lorna insults his dancing skills, Sean declares a war on the dance floor.
CW: Reign: (New) A Portuguese prince offers much-needed aid to Scotland if Mary accepts his marriage proposal and break things off with Francis. Elsewhere, Francis’ feelings for Mary lead him to put Bash in a risky situation.
CBS: The Big Bang Theory: (Repeat) The guys’ competition for a tenured professorship leads them to shamelessly schmooze committee members, including an HR manager who’s had a run-in with Sheldon.
NBC: The Micheal J. Fox Show: (New) Annie’s plans for a romantic getaway go awry when Mike obsesses on his golf game.
ABC: Scandal: (New) The team investigates Rep. Josie Marcus; Olivia and Mellie encounter each other at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner; Jake and Huck close in on the truth about Operation Remington.
CBS: Elementary: (New) Holmes and Watson investigate when Capt. Gregson’s wife is the victim of a home invasion from a masked gunman. Meanwhile, Gregson gives his team some insight into his private life.
NBC: Parenthood: (New) Kristina’s campaign swings into high gear; Amber and Sarah make peace and Crosby learns to love his mini-van.
New episodes of:
The First 48 at 9 p.m. on A&E
Project Runway All Stars at 9 p.m. on LIFE
How It’s Made at 9 p.m. on SCI
White Collar at 9 p.m. on USA
Ghost Adventures at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel
Anger Management at 9:30 p.m. on FX
Covert Affairs at 10 p.m. on USA
Beyond Scared Straight at 10 p.m. on A&E
How Do They Do It? at 10 p.m. on SCI
House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV
Pawn Stars at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on History Channel
House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV
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