Although Christmas is six months away, Disney+ is preparing for the holidays with a brand new series called The Santa Clauses. Based on The Santa Clause film franchise, the comedy miniseries hails from Last Man Standing creator Jack Burditt who serves as showrunner and executive producer on the new project. Tim Allen and Elizabeth Mitchell are both returning as Scott and Carol Calvin. The pair will be joined by Austin Kane and Elizabeth Allen Dick as their children Cal and Grace, Murphy’s Multiverse reports.
Along with Tim Allen, fans will also be introduced to a host of new characters led by Kal Penn. The How I Met Your Mother alum will play devoted single dad, Simon Choksi who is also an ambitious game inventor and product developer. According to Deadline, his dreams of being a tech mogul are dashed but his luck changes during a visit to the North Pole. Accompanying him on this adventure is his angelic daughter (played by Rupali Redd) who loves Santa and all things Christmas. Now, Disney+ has given fans their first look at the festive bunch in a post on social media.
The sequel series begins as Scott (Tim Allen) is on the brink of his 65th birthday. As he starts to lose a step or two in his Santa duties, he realizes he can’t hold onto the role forever. More importantly, he’s got a family who could benefit from living in the normal world – especially his two kids who have grown up at the North Pole. Wanting to hang up his snow boots before he loses any more Santa magic, Scott sets out to find a suitable replacement while preparing his family for a new adventure.
The Santa Clauses is directed by Jason Winer who also serves as executive producer along with Jon Radler for Winer’s Small Dog Picture Company. Tim Allen also executive produces with Kevin Hench, Richard Baker, and Rick Messina. The Disney Branded Television series is a production of 20th Television, a part of Disney Television Studios, Deadline reports. The holiday-themed series is expected to premiere later this year.
Tim Allen previously won the People’s Choice Award for his portrayal of Scott Calvin, the man who became Santa Clause, in the 1994 movie. Following its release, the feel-good film was met with mostly positive reviews from critics and was a huge box office success. Unfortunately, the sequels (released in 2002 and 2006) experienced diminishing reception and poor financial return. Despite this, the entire trilogy has cemented its place as Christmas cult classics.
Interestingly, fans of Tim Allen’s Santa Clause movies were quick to notice that David Krumholtz was absent from the photo. The actor portrayed the sarcastic Elf Bernard in the first two films. While his omission prompted several Twitter users to ask about his involvement in the series, Krumholtz did not appear in the third installment of the franchise. Due to the character’s popularity, it will be interesting to see if he appears in a lesser capacity at some point in the series.