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In search of a good Christmas comedy inspired by true classics? Look no further than the upcoming British special Click Collect starring Stephen Merchant (Hello Ladies) and Asim Chaudhry as unlikely friends.
Merchant plays the uptight Andy Bennett and Chaudhry his easy-going and overly-friendly neighbor Dev. Together, the pair tries to make Andy’s daughter’s Christmas by tracking down one of the season’s hottest toys at the top of her wish-list.
Plus, the stars share more on how the episode came together.
TV Insider spoke with the actor-writer-producer about the upcoming film — which premieres Monday, December 24 on BritBox — as well as his recent role on The Good Place and his collaborations with fellow Office alum and friend John Krasinski.
A critical checklist of notable Tuesday TV:
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (8/7c, CBS): The oldies are still goodies, and that absolutely applies to the tuneful adventures of Rudolph, whose memorable title song is crooned by Burl Ives (who also voices Sam the Snowman, the show’s narrator). First seen in 1964, this stop-motion animated charmer celebrates the shy reindeer with the glowing schnoz who saves the day one foggy Christmas Eve, but only after running away with another misfit: Hermey, the elf who’d rather be a dentist.
Freeform brings merriment to the holiday season with 25 days of magical family films and specials.
This Is Us (9/8c, NBC): As the much-loved drama prepares for a holiday hiatus, there are some turning points for the Pearson
There’s also “All Killa No Filla,” featuring a pair of British comedians who joke that they discuss serial killers in their podcast “so we don’t write to them in prison”; “True Crime Obsessed,” which serves as a kind of comedic recap of true crime documentaries; and “Moms and Murder,” which favors softer, gentler laughs. A lot of these podcasts are alcohol themed: Joining “Martinis Murder” at the bar are “Wine Crime,” “And That’s Why We Drink” and “White Wine True Crime!”
A 2010 study suggests that women in particular are drawn to true crime because it provides an outlet for managing anxieties about becoming victims, and to glean survival skills on how to escape or outsmart predators. But true crime also helps create and perpetuate those fears. American men are much more likely to be murder
When Oxygen, the television network for women, rebranded itself as a true crime channel last year, it leaned into TV’s time-tested approach: a focus on gruesome and mysterious killings, disproportionately involving white female victims and sensationalized by self-serious narrators. But Oxygen also began experimenting with a new way to cover those crimes. It started a comedy podcast, “Martinis Murder,” in which the two hosts get tipsy on homicide-themed cocktails, audibly squirm over the gory details, make catty judgments about the suspects’ life choices and use particulars of the crimes as setups for sarcastic jokes.
Oxygen Media has greenlit four original series, including two millennial focused competition series, Last Squad Standing and The Battle of the Ex Besties, which test how far young women will go to protect their friendships. Unprotected is a “docu-comedy,” says Oxygen, featuring a family raising two teens in the witness protection program.
As part of its “Crime Time” weekend block, Oxygen adds Three Days to Live, chronicling the critical 72 hours after someone is abducted.
“Building upon our commitment to creating engaging, relatable content for millennial women, Last Squad Standing, The Battle of the Ex Besties and Unprotected are sure to deliver fresh and compelling stories that will resonate with our fan base,” said Rod Aissa, executive VP of original programming and development, Oxygen Media. “And the success of our ‘Crime Time’ lineup proved there is a real appetite for the genre, and we’re excited to serve our audience with more premium content in this space.”
Last Squad Standing comes from Lighthearted Entertainment’s Rob LaPlante and Jeff Spangler, with Trish Gold