walter-murphyWalter Murphy has been tapped to write the music for the NBC holiday special How Murray Saved Christmas. The project is based on the best-selling children’s book of the same name by Mike Reiss and centers on the cranky deli owner Murray Kleiner, who is forced to fill in for Santa one Christmas and does a weirdly wonderful job. Reiss whose best known credits as a writer include TV shows, such as The Simpsons and The Critic, as well as the features The Simpsons Movie and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs will also executive producing the Universal TV production. Rough Draft Animation will serve as the animation studio. Murphy’s best known film/TV credits include last year’s hit comedy Ted, as well as TV shows including Family Guy, American Dad! and The Cleveland Show. How Murray Saved Christmas is set to air in December 2014 on NBC. (via Deadline)

  1. Justin Boggan says:

    Great news. I’ve sampled, recently, a few newer Christmas films from TV to hear their music, and why for the msot part it was Chrsitmas-y sounding, and in one case very nice, they all lacked a bigger emotional deapth, which I’m hoping, based on his passed output, Murphy will bring to it.

    Looks very little like the missing-tooth crazy-looking guy who won the award abtu the adult film awards show in that one “Family Guy” episode. 😉