Fierstein and McKean Star in TV's Live-Action "Year Without a Santa Claus" on NBC Dec. 11

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Harvey Fierstein and Michael McKean — the first two Edna Turnblads in Broadway’s Hairspray — are among the stars of a live action remake of the animated holiday classic "The Year Without a Santa Claus" airing on NBC Dec. 11 at 9 PM EST (8 PM central time).

Michael McKean and Carol Kane are among the stars of
Michael McKean and Carol Kane are among the stars of "The Year Without a Santa Claus" Photo by NBC/Universal

Also starring are John Goodman ("Roseanne," Broadway's original Big River), Delta Burke (Broadway's Steel Magnolias, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Chris Kattan, Ethan Suplee ("My Name is Earl"), Eddie Griffin ("Scary Movie 3") and Carol Kane (Madame Morrible in Wicked).

The NBC website describes the film as such: "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."

The director is Ron Underwood ("City Slickers," "Mighty Joe Young").

Fierstein is the winner of four Tony Awards in four different categories: Actor in a Musical for Hairspray, Actor in a Play and Best Play for writing and starring in Torch Song Trilogy and Best Book of a Musical for La Cage aux Folles. McKean starred as Hines in the recent Broadway revival of The Pajama Game. He's also been on Broadway in Accomplice and Off-Broadway in Woody Allen's A Second Hand Memory. He is best-known for starring in the television show "Laverne and Shirley" and for his film roles, especially "This Is Spinal Tap" (also co-wrote), "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind," for which he and his wife Annette O'Toole received an Oscar nomination for writing the song "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow."

Harvey Fierstein is Heatmiser and Michael McKean is Snowmiser in NBC's "The Year Without a Santa Claus." John Goodman plays Santa.
Harvey Fierstein is Heatmiser and Michael McKean is Snowmiser in NBC's "The Year Without a Santa Claus." John Goodman plays Santa. Photo by NBC/Universal
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