Here are a few of the reasons I love it:
- It is both true to Dickens and late 90s pop culture! The Ghost of Christmas Future is an episode of VH1's Behind the Music about Ebony Scrooge (Vanessa Williams, working her best camp attitude and putting her fantastic voice on display).
- Bonus: everything musicians like Brian McKnight and Nile Rodgers say about Ebony and her posthumous music career actually came true for Michael Jackson. It's eerily prescient.
- In addition to Vanessa Williams, who is a fucking national treasure, it's got Kathy Griffin (back when she was bearable), Duran Duran's John Taylor, Chili from TLC and the dude who played Alex in the homoerotic/tragicomic "A My Name is Alex" episode for Family Ties (Michael J. Fox's first Emmy win).
- Is the story of a lead singer who leaves bandmates behind to become a mega solo artist about the Supremes? Destiny's Child? The Police? Genesis? We'll never know.
- It has the original song "Heartquake." Take that It's a Wonderful Life.
And it's loaded with brilliant bitchy dialog. Some of it aimed at Celine Dion... so much fun!
You can watch it on VH1 in the middle of the night around Christmas Eve (check your fucking listings and DVR it). Never mind, just stream it all here.