1. Make the plot be about Christmas
2. Get former child star.
advice: avoid meth addicts. try former cast of Full House or Step by Step
3. Add quirky common characters.. example: the mother in law who just wont leave, the neighbor who keeps bringing cookies, the Santa who is stalking the main character.
4. Ask cast to share boring stories on set, so the viewer can feel like they really know the cast.
5. Put in large amounts of product placement for kitty litter or dog food (know your audience).