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"Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't" Airs on Boomerang on November 26, 2009

Boomerang will be airing the classic holiday special The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn’t on Thanskgiving Day, November 26, 2009, at 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM (all times Eastern). The Hanna-Barbera classic is set in the colonies in 1621, as pilgrim Johnny Cooke and Indian boy Little Bear make their way back to the first Thanksgiving feast with the help of their brave friend Jeremy Squirrel.

The full press release follows:



Boomerang Gives Thanks with Holiday Airing of Classic Special,
The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn’t

Original 1972 Holiday Adventure Presented on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26,
Commercial-free for Family Viewing


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On Thanksgiving Day 1972, Hanna-Barbera, the world’s leading producer of animated television entertainment, premiered a 30-minute original holiday special to remind everyone that there is always a reason to give thanks: The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn’t. This year, Boomerang honors the Thanksgiving Day tradition on Nov. 26 with a 27th Anniversary presentation of the charming, heart-warming family classic, entirely free from commercial interruption. The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn’t will enjoy two Boomerang Thanksgiving Day telecasts, first at 10 a.m. (ET) and then again at 7 p.m. (ET).

Featuring a cast of Hanna-Barbera’s best vocal talent such as June Foray (Looney Tunes, Rocky and Bullwinkle) and Don Messick (Scooby-Doo, The Jetsons), The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn’t is a story about friendship that is also full of adventure. Set in 1621, The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn’t chronicles one dangerously fateful day for Johnny Cooke, a young Pilgrim boy, and Little Bear, an Indian boy, who are discovered to be missing. The first Thanksgiving feast cannot start without them, and when their friend Jeremy Squirrel hears they are in peril he goes on a daring rescue mission. He braves waterfalls and snarling timber wolves to save his friends and succeeds in saving them and therefore Thanksgiving Day itself. The little hero is then invited to be guest of honor at this very special feast.

“Animated holiday specials such as The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn’t bring back a lot of childhood memories,” said Stacy Isenhower, senior vice president of programming and scheduling for Boomerang and Cartoon Network. “We know that our viewers, both young and old, will feel the spirit of the holiday with this cartoon classic-it reminds us again that there is always a reason to be thankful.”

Boomerang is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s (TBS, Inc.) 24-hour cable/satellite network offering the best in classic animated entertainment. In partnership with Cartoon Network, the service boasts 75 percent unduplicated programming and is available to cable/satellite operators and their customers in Spanish. Boomerang’s official Web site is located at http://Boomerang.CartoonNetwork.com.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 97 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for kids and families. Overnight from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired entertainment for young adults 18-34.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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