Larry the Cable Guy’s Christmas Spectacular?

As a child, returning home from vacation never sounded much like fun, but one of the few joys was seeing the huge pile of mail that awaited our return. Nowadays, it’s the TV programming all queued up on my DVR that I turn to. So…what’d I miss? First up: Larry the Cable Guy’s Christmas Spectacular, on VH1. Wait. VH1??? Not CMT? Oh, it’s there, too. And it’s re-airing several times this week on VH1, and this coming weekend on CMT. Like most people, when you think of a Larry the Cable Guy special, you think Vegas, right? Ahem. Anyhow. What we have here is an odd definition of spectacular. Not quite craptacular, either. It’s just, well, tacular. Is that a word? Now it is. Tacular. Or in Git-R-Done speak, Tack-E-Yeah! Or something like it. At one point, "Larry" (Dan Whitney) asks, "You know what this show needs?" To which his special co-host Tony Orlando, yes, Tony Orlando, retorts: "Jeff Foxworthy." The jokes themselves are simple and often sexual and traffic in stereotypes and easy targets — Rosie O’Donnell gets hers in the opening monologue, while the closing bit spoofs the "need" for an all-inclusive nativity scene, which goes for the easiest hits on gays, Mormons, Jews, Tom Cruise and Scientology. Kid Rock shows up to perform a song. That’s nice of him. There’s also a taped Larry the Scrooge...

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