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For this year's show, a team of writers put together dozens of scripts for sketches - from John Baird's Yelltide Greetings to animated videos, and skits poking fun at everything from the Occupy movement to Nickelback - which executive producer Peter McBain narrowed down to just under 40. The entire "22 Minutes" crew, including actors, producers, cameramen, hair and makeup artists, set designers and others, then came together for a read-through, to get a feel for how each skit would sound.
Once a team of producers, led by McBain, decided on the cut, the chosen scripts were emailed to the network for approval, as well as to lawyer Rob Aske, who scanned them for potential legal problems. Defamation of living people or businesses and copyright or trademark infringements are his two main concerns, Aske told The Telegram.
"I don't generally give them suggestions, because I don't think they want to hear them from me because they think I'm the boring lawyer guy," Aske said, chuckling. "I'll say, 'I'm concerned about this…
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"I really think it's our best Christmas special. Better than last year. Sketches on this show are amongst the best '22 Minutes' has ever done," Critch said.
"Some of the sketches made me laugh out loud when I read them by myself, and I'm really excited for it. It's going to be really funny," star Geri Hall told The Telegram during a week of taping for the special.
The Telegram was invited by "22 Minutes" to its Halifax set last month for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Christmas episode.
Along with the usual cast of characters - including Hall's Sun News reporter Janice Van Sant, Jones' Mrs. Enid, Critch's Rex Murphy and Shaun Majumder's Raj Binder - the Christmas show features the stars in a slew of skits parodying popular culture, presenting a satirical look at political and other current events and poking fun at everything from men's gift-wrapping skills to Pot of Gold chocolate to Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime."
Hall's favourite is what she calls "a dark, delicious parody" of…
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