A holiday tradition returns, as Monday’s “The Freak Power Ticket” (December 9th) again honors the creative team who collaborated on A Charlie Brown Christmas, and dozens of other Peanuts TV specials and feature films.
Riffing on the video essay, A Little Love: The Art of Bill Melendez, by critic/author/filmmaker Matt Zoller Seitz (editor-in-chief of RogerEbert.com, a Pulitzer nominee, and author of the new book, The Wes Anderson Collection), producer/host Ted Coe will build upon last year’s “Freak Power Ticket” salute to director Bill Melendez, jazz composer Vince Guaraldi, and Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz.
The broadcast will share Zoller Seitz’s take on Melendez’s modernist aesthetics and influence, and on Schulz’s greater themes (mental health, spirituality, consumerism, etc.). With a humorous angle on Peanuts‘ overall diversity, Coe will also expound upon the impact of all these artists and works.
The program will feature TV/film dialogue and a playlist inspired by Zoller Seitz’s insightful short-subject, including such musicians as: El Vez (“The Mexican Elvis”); Smiley; Quincy Jones; JK-47; Canadian Brass; Sufjan Stevens; The Ventures; The Eric Byrd Trio; Them; The Rolling Stones; Colossus; Cyrus Chestnut; John Zorn, with Mike Patton; and The Royal Guardsmen.
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the fall from 11am-12noon PST.