VH1 has itself a Larry little Christmas

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VH1 has greenlighted a comedy/musical Christmas special starring Larry the Cable Guy.

The special, to be produced by Parallel Entertainment, is slated to be filmed in early August at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a premiere during the holiday season, probably in early December.

Parallel's J.P. Williams, who manages Larry the Cable Guy, will executive produce the special with Charlie Siskel. Lee Rolontz is executive producing for VH1. C.B. Harding, who directed Larry in the recently released feature film "Delta Farce," is on board to helm the special.

Williams describes the special as a contemporary, edgy take on the heartfelt Andy Williams Christmas specials that started during the 1960s and featured production numbers and performances by the singer and his family along with special guests like the Osmond Brothers.

"We want to push the envelope and go out there with such bits as roasting Santa Claus, for example," J.P. Williams said.

On the music side, Williams said he is looking for a mix of bands and solo artists consistent with the VH1 brand and hopes to bring one or two veteran singers such as Tony Orlando or Andy Williams.

After a series of specials on Comedy Central with Larry and the rest of the Blue Collar Comedy troupe, Williams said he is excited to team with VH1 for the Larry the Cable Guy Christmas special.

If it is a success, he hopes to make it a holiday tradition for VH1.

Larry the Cable Guy is repped by CAA.

Kimberly Nordyke contributed to this report.
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