By Lynette Rice
Updated December 06, 2013 at 05:44 PM EST
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The Peanuts gang will stay on ABC for many more years. The net just inked an extension with Peanuts Worldwide LLC and Lee Mendelson Film Productions to keep the Emmy-winning specials like “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” through 2020.

The specials were created by Charles M. Schulz and produced and animated by Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez. They began airing on ABC in 2001. “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which first aired on TV in 1965, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in the coming year.

Mendelson and Melendez’s association with Schulz harkens back to 1965 with “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The three men continued their long-term association until Schulz’s death, working together on 50 “Peanuts” network specials and four feature films. The network specials won five Emmys, two Peabodys and 18 other Emmy nominations.