Christmas with the Crawfords takes place on Christmas Eve, 1944, and Joan has recently been "fired" from MGM because they consider her "box office poison" (which was true). Ms. Crawford is up for the lead in the Warner Bros. film Mildred Piece, but horror upon horror, she must take a screen test first (this was also true). "I have never had a screen test in my life!" she explodes. Joan needs to rebuild her public relations, so her friend Hedda Hopper (Drew Scott) decides to broadcast her live show from the star's Brentwood mansion with Joan and kids (Jef Valentine and David Bicha) in tow. Jack Warner is also coming over to discuss the film right after the broadcast.