Picks and Pans Review: Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown

UPDATED 09/01/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/01/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Fri., Aug. 29, 9 p.m. ET)

Here's the pitch: an all-new animated special based on the late Charles Schulz's beloved Peanuts comic strip. That's reason to cheer a little even if Lucy Must Be Traded proves to be something less than a home run.

The baseball humor is pretty good here. When Snoopy, the most-and-only valuable player on Charlie Brown's pathetic team, comes to bat against Peppermint Patty, she decks him with a high, inside fastball. Whew, that girl's a competitor. It's also amusing to observe Charlie Brown's pale approximation of wheeling and dealing as he tries to unload inept outfielder Lucy. But the half hour has such a weak ending that it can't be called a real winner. BOTTOM LINE: A few hits and an error.

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