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There’s a good reason why Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas is airing at the not-too-child-friendly viewing time of 10 p.m. ET when it premieres Dec. 3. As last night’s Hollywood taping of the NBC special showed, the program features plenty of irreverent sketches that may leave little ones with Christmas nightmares rather than visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads.
Without giving anything away, let’s just say that Blake takes some sacred holiday traditions and, with the help of folks such as Larry the Cable Guy, creates new, slightly warped versions of some well-known Christmas stories. Even he thinks he may have pushed the envelope too far in a few places. “But that’s what I wanted to do,” Blake told Country Weekly immediately after the taping. “I figure if I went too far, NBC’s not going to air it anyway, so I’ll let them make those judgment calls. I think we went too far with every single bit that we did and I’ll let smarter people than me decide which ones are acceptable to the public.”
For fans who prefer Blake’s singing over his twisted humor, there’s plenty of music on the special as well. In addition to duetting with his mom, Dorothy Shackleford, and wife, Miranda Lambert, Blake’s close friends Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson join him to perform tracks from his new holiday release, Cheers, It’s Christmas. For Dorothy, singing with her son on a song they co-wrote was a gift, albeit a nerve-wracking one. “When he said he wanted me to do it on the show," she recalls, "I near about passed out!"
Cheers, It's Christmas was released on Oct. 2. Look for more on the album in the Nov. 26 issue of Country Weekly, on stands Nov. 19.