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September 16, 2008

A Colbert Christmas


It's at least 95 degrees in the Valley today, but it's starting to look a lot like Christmas, courtesy of Stephen Colbert, who's decided to do his first musical holiday special.

Go ahead and give this guy an Emmy right now. Create a new category if you have to, for a hybrid fake news/folksy heart-tugging parody with Broadway-caliber behind-the-scenes talent.

He already has three Emmys (for his stint as a writer on "The Daily Show") and the two-time Peabody-winning "Colbert Report" is nominated again this year, pitting him against his former colleague Jon Stewart. We've already predicted a tie here.

But back to Christmas! The premise of "A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All" is straight outta boozy black-and-white Judy Garland holiday specials of the late '50s. Or maybe an "I Love Lucy" episode. It'll be Colbert, Stewart with a few of their musically-inclined buddies -- Elvis Costello, Feist, Toby Keith, John Legend and Willie Nelson -- "snowed in" at a cabin in upstate New York. What else is there to do, we mean, aside from resort to cannibalism? Sing some songs!

And just in time for gift-giving, it'll pop up on DVD two days later (that'll be Nov. 25).

Bless us, everyone!


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