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'The Soup' saves Hoff's Xmas

Poorly received new Lifetime movie revived as punch line

By Corey Levitan Dec 14, 2012 10:08AM

David Hasselhoff couldn't save Christmas until "The Soup" saved him.

A new Lifetime movie called "The Christmas Consultant" stars the Hoff as an elf-like man who hires himself out to a family that didn't allow enough time for holiday planning. TV Guide calls it "truly Hoff-ful."

After the critical drubbing and low ratings for its Nov. 10 premiere, Lifetime quietly bumped plans to rerun it. But then E!'s "The Soup" discovered its value as comedy fodder.


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"Sometimes, you can find help lying on the floor eating a cheeseburger," host Joel McHale hassled the Hoff while introducing a montage of the film's worst moments, three of which seem to suggest that Hoff's character is a child molester.  (See the clip here.)

"We just devoted more time to that movie than Lifetime did," McHale said.

The thing about viewers is that networks don't care how they get them. Thus, a camp classic was born. Thanks to the attention, the network scheduled at least three more airings this year.

"The Christmas Consultant" airs Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. ET/PT; Thursday, Dec. 20, at 8 p.m. ET/PT; and Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 6 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.

Dec 15, 2012 10:47AM
Wow. That was seriously bad. And I LIKE Hasselhoff! Nope, won't be watching that...
Dec 15, 2012 10:17AM

This movie was light and heartwarming.  Mr. Hasselhoff's character helped the family realize what

was important about this holiday; being together.  I needed a little cheering up.  I have lost two loved ones this year (my mother and my sister).  No one is saying Mr. Hasselhoff is a great actor but he played the part well.  By the way, there was nothing in the movie about child molesting.  Has Mr. McHale actually seen this movie? 

Dec 15, 2012 9:04AM
I actually enjoyed the movie, I thought it was innocent and entertaining.
Dec 15, 2012 7:30AM
The Soup was kidding about the child molesting.  The point was the movie was cute; Lifetime didn't give it the time of day and at least Joel McHale gave it a chance.  Because of him, it came to people's attention.  So lighten up...he actuallly did a good thing.
Dec 15, 2012 6:49AM
It's sad when a cute and innocent movie for the family is chided by "The Soup" for ratings.  My family watched this movie and never thought anything evil as child molestation.  Just shows how mean and rude today's television critics are.
Dec 14, 2012 8:54PM
I loved this movie ! It was very entertaining !
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