Bill Murray Is Getting His Own Christmas Special With An All-Star Cast

23 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bill Murray Christmas Special Coming to Netflix.

Netflix has picked up “A Very Murray Christmas” — an homage to classic variety shows starring Bill Murray as himself — set to debut on the streaming service Internet TV network this December.In case you haven’t heard somehow, one of the Duggar children has admitted to some really gross behavior (against his own sisters, no less) and TLC not only hasn’t just immediately canceled 19 Kids and Counting, but they ran a marathon of it last night, and are planning another marathon tonight.Here’s one reason to get excited already for the holiday season: Netflix just announced that Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola are teaming up for a Christmas special.

Well, the beloved comedian is already on Netflix (some of his movies, including the classic Groundhog Day, are already on there) but Murray is poised to appear in an exclusive Christmas special for the streaming video service. The teaser for A Very Murray Christmas shows a glum Murray waiting around in an empty hotel room, worried that the frightful weather outside will prevent his friends from making guest appearances on his TV show. Through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him; dancing and singing in holiday spirit.” Murray looks pretty glum in the trailer, but we imagine the arrival of his guests — who include George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Paul Shaffer, Michael Cera, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Miley Cyrus and more — should perk him up. Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Friday): Sting, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Delaney Jimmy Kimmel Live (Friday): Jennifer Connelly, Judd Apatow, Twenty One Pilots Murray and Coppola last worked together on 2003′s Lost in Translation, which earned both of them Oscar nominations and Coppola a win for Best Original Screenplay.

Thanks in no small part to Murray’s star power, the movie eventually grossed $174 million – far more than any other film by the director (his second-highest grossing, 2001′s The Royal Tenenbaums tallied $71 million). “Christmas is really about Christmas songs so I thought I’d sort of do something like that,” Murray said of the project while on Ellen DeGeneres’ show last fall. “That was sort of Sofia’s idea. Besides Murray’s special, the strategy includes producing shows such as Tina Fey’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, committing to two seasons of Judd Apatow’s forthcoming Love series and spending $12 million on the rights of Cary Fukunaga’s African war drama Beasts of No Nation. Netflix has also made multi-year deals with key talent, including a contract with Adam Sandler to make four original movies, and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio, who has signed on to produce documentaries with the company.

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