Published: December 20, 2022
Disney+ renews SANTA CLAUSE: “This franchise has had a lasting impact”
By Movieguide® Contributor
Disney+ has just announced that they are bringing back NISSENSNE for a second season!
Tim Allen and Elizabeth Mitchell will reprise their roles as Santa and the Mrs. Allen will also continue to serve as an executive producer, along with showrunner Jack Burditt.
“This franchise has had a lasting impact for so many families and has truly become a part of their annual holiday traditions,” Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television, said of the renewal. “Bringing it back as a series has been a true gift and I’m grateful to our producing partners at 20. TV and, of course, Tim Allen and team, that we have another reason to celebrate this holiday season.”
Movieguide® previously reported on Allen’s commitment to adding Christian elements to A CHRISTMAS CAROL:
Tim Allen recently shared how he pushed for Christian themes in Disney+’s new series THE SANTA CLAUSES.
The new show follows Allen’s character, Scott Calvin, as he searches for a replacement for his job as Santa Claus.
While the show has some magical elements, Allen was quick to say that he fought against any overt references to “otherworldly” creatures.
“It originally had a lot of otherworldly characters, and ghosts and goblins,” the actor so. “I said no, this is Christmas. It is Christmas. It is literally a religious holiday.”
He continued: “We don’t need to blow trumpets, but I want you to acknowledge that. That’s what this is about. If you want to get into Santa Claus, you have to go back to history, and it’s all about religion.”
Allen also shared that the show’s writers found “a brilliant way” to incorporate religion into the show coming in later episodes.
“It’s really amazing. They took a chance and we did really well,” Allen said.
THE SANTA has received positive reviews from Movieguide®. Part of the review of episode 2 reader:
The production, entertainment quality of THE SANTA CLAUSES, Chapter Two is progressively better than the first episode. The modern twist to an older story is evident in every way. Chapter Two also features a perfect mix of old and new as Scott’s Santa saga continues. Viewers will undoubtedly enjoy the overwhelming nostalgia. The second episode of THE SANTA CLAUSES has some moral, redemptive content that promotes love, family, sacrifice and redemption. However, it has a mixed pagan worldview, with references to magic and the idea that Christmas needs Santa instead of Jesus being the cause.
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