Kelly Clarkson will star in an NBC Christmas special "loosely based on Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol,'" airing December 11.
A minor point: The Huffington Post tells us that "Clarkson's character will learn the true meaning of Christmas." Bah, humbug. "The true meaning of Christmas" is vapid TV-speak for "home and hugs and family and anything but the TRUE meaning of Christmas." Charles Dickens would have broken his pen in half before he'd have used such a cliché. And A Christmas Carol isn't about that, anyway, and doesn't pretend to be: It makes a point of reverently mentioning the "sacred origin" of Christmas, but the story's focus is on one man's redemption. Loosely based, indeed.
Forgive my Scrooge-likeness, but fake TV versions of "the true meaning of Christmas" are an old pet peeve for your Dickensblogger.