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, NBC viewers will get a new, live-action version of the Yuletide classic "The Year Without a Santa Claus," the heartwarming story about Santa Claus and a young boy who help each other believe in Christmas again. John Goodman (NBC’s "The West Wing," "Roseanne"), Delta Burke ("What Women Want," "Designing Women"), Chris Kattan (NBC’s "Saturday Night Live," "Undercover Brother"), Ethan Suplee, (NBC’s "My Name is Earl," "Cold Mountain"), Harvey Fierstein ("Hairspray," "Mrs. Doubtfire"), Michael McKean ("The Producers," "A Mighty Wind"), Eddie Griffin ("Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo," "Scary Movie 3") and Carol Kane ("Taxi," Broadway’s "Wicked") star in this family Christmas comedy.
When his devious head elf, Sparky (Kattan), tells him that he must "keep up with the times" – no matter how materialistic – Santa Claus (Goodman) resists, fearing that the holiday has become far too commercial. Convinced that no one believes in him anymore and that people have forgotten the real meaning of Christmas, Santa decides to take the year off and not deliver any gifts, much to the dismay of Mrs. Claus (Burke), and his two closest elves, Jingle (Suplee) and Jangle (Griffin). When Santa tells them that he doesn't think there are any children left who still care about the true spirit of Christmas, the two elves decide to prove him wrong.
While Sparky schemes to take over Santa’s job, Jingle and Jangle travel to South Town, U.S.A. to find a young boy trying to recapture the holiday magic by reviving a once-popular Yuletide festival. But their efforts are complicated by Heatmiser (Fierstein) and Snowmiser (McKean), the two feuding sons of Mother Nature (Kane), whose help Jingle and Jangle will need if they want to save Christmas.
Mark Wolper ("Salem’s Lot," "Helter Skelter") is the executive producer, and Ron Underwood ("City Slickers," "Mighty Joe Young") directs the two-hour movie from the Wolper Company in association with Warner Bros. Television. "The Year Without a Santa Claus" was filmed in Shreveport and Natchitoches, Louisiana.