Disney+ announced at D23 on Saturday that Santa Claus — the limited revival of the beloved Santa Claus movie series starring Tim Allen — will premiere for two episodes on Wednesday, November 16.
According to the official line, Santa Claus finds Scott “on the verge of his sixtieth birthday and realizes he can’t be Santa Claus forever.” “He begins to lose a step in his duties at Santa Claus, and most importantly, he has found a family that can benefit from life in the ordinary world, especially the Two children who grew up in the Pole, the baby and his family, Scott searches for a suitable replacement for Santa while preparing his family for a new expedition in the South Pole.
In the aforementioned trailer, Scott is seen beginning the interview process for his successor. First introduction? None other than the sheriff, Peyton Manning, who was sure he had landed the toughest gig in the Arctic. Scott, on the other hand, isn’t sure.
In addition to Alan and Elizabeth Mitchell, who will return as Scott and Carol Kelvin, the Santa Claus cast includes fellow Dr. David Krumholtz as Bernard and newcomer Cal Penn.
Allen made his film debut as Scott Calvin in 1994’s Santa Claus. The family-friendly film grossed nearly $200 million at the box office and spawned two sequels: 2002’s Santa Claus 2 (introducing Michael as Scott’s love interest/late wife Carol) and 2006’s Santa Claus. Martin Short as Jack Frost). The entire trilogy is streaming on Disney+.
Fifteen years later, the franchise is being revived as a limited series, with The Last Man Standing creator Jack Burdett as showrunner. He will executive produce with fellow LMS veterans Kevin Hinch, Richard Baker and Rick Messina.
The Santa Clauses teaser
Jake Burdett, the producer of Allen’s “Last Man Standing” sitcom, serves as host and executive producer of “Santa Claus,” directed by Jason Weiner (“Modern Family”). Joining Allen in the cast are Elizabeth Mitchell and David Kroeholtz, respectively, Scott’s wife Carol Calvin Klaus, and Bernard, his right-hand man from the previous “Santa Claus” movies. Cal Penn also plays Simon Choksi, a professional game inventor and single father who dreams of becoming the next Jeff Bezos, but may change his mind after a surprise trip to the North Pole. (To knock, cough, expel.)
Your guess is as good as mine, as seniors have fond memories of Allen’s comedic exploits in the ’90s. However, if the longevity of “Last Man Standing” is any indication (the show ran for nine, count, nine seasons), Disney got the idea sooner rather than later. We’ll see how this mouse strategy works when “Santa Claus” hits Disney+ this fall.
In the Disney+ series, Scott Calvin is on the brink of his 65th birthday and realizing that he can’t be Santa forever. He’s starting to lose a step in his Santa duties, and more importantly, he’s got a family who could benefit from a life in the normal world, especially his two kids who have grown up at the Pole. With a lot of elves, children, and family to please, Scott sets out to find a suitable replacement Santa while preparing his family for a new adventure in a life south of the pole.