It is SUCH a shame. =( I'm 23, so I've always watched Peter Cottontail on VHS every Easter, but I would love to see it on TV. It's a wonderful classic worthy of attention! I remember seeing 'The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town' on TV once when I was very little, and then a few years ago I bought that on DVD. Now, my Easter viewing traditions include those two Rankin-Bass ones at the heart of it, along with 'The Berenstain Bears' Easter Surprise,' 'It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown,' and 'The Ten Commandments' (hooray for Vincent Price!)
This year two new ones have been added: 'Hop,' which was quite cute and a bit better than I anticipated based upon the ads but had to see at any rate, and 'Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie.' It was made in 2005 as a sequel to the 1971 original, but I had never been able to find it anywhere until this year, when I picked it up for $5 at ShopRite. I expected it to be fairly horrendous, and did come away with many complaints, but it actually...wasn't all that bad. The movie had its good points; there were things I really liked about it; and I found myself wanting to re-watch it and listen to the songs repeatedly, because the entire thing seemed to get better after the initial reactions of shock, dismay, and/or disbelief wore off. xD
Anyway, I LOVE Rankin-Bass; I watch all of their Christmas shows every year on TV and/or home video, and put on my 'Mad Monster Party' DVD around Halloween. I have a huge soft spot for holidays specials.