Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas (2012) (TV)

For three seasons of "The Voice" now fans have known that Blake Shelton is brilliantly hilarious and incredibly charming. But how would it translate to his very own holiday special? Many celebrities have tried in recent years, but few have succeeded as well as Shelton did with "Blake Shelton's Not-So-Family Christmas" on NBC.

The hour special was littered with musical guests like Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson, not to mention his mother and his wife Miranda Lambert. He also had comedy bits throughout the special, with most of them hitting the right note -- even if he admitted his Larry the Cable Guy sketch might have been a little dark.

In it, he and Larry were in the claymation style of classic Christmas specials like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman." It was a hunting trip in the North Pole that went all wrong, with the pair ultimately killing or destroying virtually every beloved Christmas character.

He went dark again in a sketch where he traumatized children with twisted answers to their questions about "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." At other points he was getting beaten down by a cast of little people or trying to hawk a cheap knock-off of his swiveling chair from "The Voice."

Now that Shelton's got a laugh-filled Christmas special under his belt, fans can start counting the days until he's announced as an upcoming host on "Saturday Night Live." If he doesn't want to pull double duty, he could always invite his wife along to join in the fun as the musical guest.

Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas (2012) TV
Cast: Christina Aguilera, Kailee Bauer, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Dorothy Shackleford, Blake Shelton

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