"Are y'all ready to Christmas party?" asked Jennifer Nettles at the beginning of "CMA Country Christmas," and – believe you me -- I totally was.
Unfortunately, I'd come to the wrong place.
Presented by the powerful Country Music Assn., this annual holiday TV special should be a gift-wrapped delight, with more than a dozen major country stars (and a handful of carpetbaggers) doing songs designed to please.
Yet this year’s edition, taped last month at Nashville’s
And where the show might’ve found some down-home dignity with
Let it be over.
“CMA Country Christmas” likely warmed the chestnuts of at least one group of viewers, and that was the Disney executives who beheld guest appearances by Clare Bowen of “Nashville” (which airs on Disney-owned ABC),
Menzel turned up no fewer than three times Monday, first for a glossy "White Christmas," then to do "Let It Go" with Nettles and finally, surrounded by another bunch of kids, for "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
Yes, Idina, I do: the sound of corporate synergy.
OK, not everything was terrible.
And, against all odds,
But mostly "CMA Country Christmas" was a slog, one that left my jingle bells decidedly unrung.