Scott Calvin’s reign on The Santa Clauses may not end as planned.
Disney+ made a shocking announcement this week:
Santa Claus returns for Season 2!
“This franchise has had a lasting impact on so many families and has truly become a part of their annual holiday traditions,” Disney Branded Television president Ayo Davis said in a statement.
“Bringing it back as a series has been a true gift, and I’m grateful to our producing partners at 20th Television and, of course, Tim Allen and the team, that we have another reason to celebrate this holiday season.”
The news is somewhat surprising. Before the series was even picked up, reports said there would be a limited series revival that would seemingly bring Tim Allen’s alter ego full circle.
Now it sounds like there will be a lot of Scott and his family on the agenda because we’re getting a full second season.
Expanding franchises is difficult, but Disney+ has been laser-focused on bringing some of its significant franchises back to life in the streaming world.
For Santa received mediocre reviews from critics when the six-episode first season launched last month, but the show must have been a hit in the ratings to get a pickup for an extra season.
“Scott Calvin is back! After being Santa Claus for nearly thirty years, he’s as happy as ever,” the log line teases.
“But as Christmas declines in popularity, so does his Santa magic.” “Scott is struggling to keep up with the demands of his job, as well as being there for his family.”
Nostalgia was prevalent throughout all six episodes thanks to the several returning cast members from the film trilogy.
“Discovering that there is a way to step down from his position, Scott considers stepping down as Santa and finding a worthy successor so he can be a better father and husband,” the logline concludes.
Award-winning Jack Burditt (30 Rock, Modern Family, Frasier, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) is the executive producer and showrunner, and Tim Allen, in addition to starring, Kevin Hench (Last Man Standing), Richard Baker and Rick Messina will also serve. as executive producers with Jason Winer and Jon Radler for Small Dog Picture Company.
The cast also includes Elizabeth Mitchell as Carol Calvin/ Mrs. Clause, Kal Penn as Simon Choksi, Eric Lloyd as Charlie Calvin, Austin Kane as Buddy “Cal” Calvin-Claus, and Elizabeth Allen-Dick as Sandra Calvin-Claus.
Rounding out the cast are Matilda Lawler as Betty, Rupali Redd as Grace Choksi, Devin Bright as Noel, David Krumholtz as Bernard and Laura San Giacomo.
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