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Charlie Brown is returning to TV in a series of shorts

Boomerang will host the series

Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are returning to television in a series of vignettes, according to Variety.

The shorts, animated by Normaal Animation of France, uses watercolor styles and 3D backgrounds in an attempt to modernize the cartoon characters. Despite the use of new technology to draw in a younger audience, the studio said the shorts will still appeal to older fans of the series. Last year, Fox attempted to change the series' style and released The Peanuts Movie, which was met with some scorn from critics over the new 3D style.

The shorts, which are based on characters created by Charles Schulz, have already aired overseas and will premiere as small vignettes next month. The series will be exclusive to Time Warner's Boomerang network. Boomerang, known for its rerunning of older Hanna-Barbera cartoons like The Jetsons and The Flintstones, will use the new series as a way to make itself a new destination for family-oriented programming.

The first short will premiere on May 9 at 11:30 a.m. ET.

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