Tim Allen is back at Disney – and at the North Pole. The actor-comedian is set to star and produce as an executive producer Santa Clause (working title), a Disney+ original limited series, in which he will reprise his role as Scott Calvin from Walt Disney Pictures’ hit holiday franchise.
In the series, Allen reunites with Jack Burditt, creator of Allen’s hit sitcom Last man standing, who will serve as executive producer and showrunner on The Last Clause. Last man standing writer-executive producer Kevin Hench will produce the new series, alongside Allen’s managers Richard Baker and Rick Messina, who also had EP credits on SGA.
In Disney-branded television Santa series, produced by 20th Television, Scott Calvin (Allen) is about to celebrate his 65th birthday and realizes he can’t be Santa Claus forever. He begins to lose a step in his duties as Santa Claus and, more importantly, he has a family that could benefit from a life in the normal world, especially his two children who grew up at the pole. With plenty 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.
Production on the series is set to begin in March in Los Angeles.
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Allen won a People’s Choice Award for his portrayal of Scott Calvin, Santa’s proxy, with an expanding waistline, rosy cheeks and snow-white mustaches in the 1994 film Santa. He then played the role in two sequels, in 2002 Santa Claus 2 and 2006 Santa Claus 3: The escape clause. (You can watch a trailer for the third film below.) Allen reunited with the creative team of Santa do disney Jungle 2 Jungle, and also starred in Disney’s remake of The shaggy dog in 2006.
Additionally, Allen voices one of Disney’s most popular animated characters, Buzz Lightyear, in Pixar’s toy story franchise.
On the Disney TV side, the comedian headlined one of ABC’s flagship comedy series, Home improvement. Allen also starred for nine seasons on Last man standing, which started on ABC before moving to Fox and was produced by 20th Television.