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writer Mitch Glazer hope Netflix holiday special becomes annual gig

TORONTO Bill Murray doesn do schmaltz. the star studded special a heartfelt ode to the season, delivered with the charismatic swagger of Murray Night Live alter ego Nick the Lounge Singer without the cheese.

has huge heart and he comes from a family of nine and he got six sons of his own, so Christmas is real to him in a non commercial, non sentimental way. says Very Murray Christmas is the result of years of spitballing ideas for some kind of TV musical special.

It came together when he and Murray settled on a Christmas theme and their director pal Sofia Coppola suggested a piano bar scene at New York sumptuous Carlyle hotel.

Glazer was tasked with crafting the story:cheap jerseys Murray is helming a live TV variety show but a massive snowstorm prevents any of the guests from arriving.

The trio came up with a festive musical setlist and mused on their dream cast. Murray pulled out his phone and started calling in the cameos.

first two people that Bill called on his cellphone were George Clooney and Chris Rock and literally just before he gets a sentence deep into it both of them were like, in. We coming. They just wanted to be a part of it, says Glazer.

Other friends soon joined the party, including Murray pal Paul Shaffer, his co star (and New York Dolls frontman) David Johansen, Coppola cousin Jason Schwartzman, Development co star Michael Cera, former comic Maya Rudolph, and Recreation alums Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones, and Coppola husband Thomas Mars and his band Phoenix.

Almost all put their vocal chops on display, including Clooney, who provides rousing backup on Albert King funk classic Claus Wants Some Lovin only is he singing but he doing a style of rhythm and blues singing that was popular and big in the as sung by Earth Wind Fire, Shaffer notes of the star, who appeared with Murray in Monuments Men. remember being in the house band of Night Live and trying to sing like that and there he is doing it. I don know where he pulled that out of, though. But he came up with that that day. of course, showed up in a tux looked beautiful, recalls Glazer.

don think he considers himself a great vocalist but he got a lot of style, he chuckles.

There were other surprises, some of them oddly similar to the made up premise of the fake holiday special.

Just as shooting took place the first week in March, two blizzards hit New York, dumping halfway up the building and helping to establish the mood on set, says Glazer.

Bill and I have talked about it and Sofia, we had such a good time doing it, he says. Williams and Dean Martin did them every year. It was good fun. I would love to do another. Very Murray Christmas debuts Friday on Netflix.