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'CMA Country Christmas': A holiday party done wrong
'CMA Country Christmas': A holiday party done wrong

“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 Bridgestone Arena and broadcast Monday night on ABC, brought no such joy to my world. Where it might’ve been cute, it was corny; where it might’ve been earnest,...

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