Mr. St. Nick

I don’t often watch television these days–there’s so little time as it is, and so little I really want to watch–but this evening I saw a made-for-television film on ABC Family entitled Mr. St. Nick and starring Kelsey Grammer.

The premise was simple–Grammer was Nick St. Nicholas, eligible bachelor and millionairre fundraiser. He was also the son of the current Santa Claus, and a month away from inheriting the title and the powers incumbent in the role. He had not, however, found a Mrs. Claus, nor did he have any real inclination in simply doing Christmas as it had always been done. So, after an argument with his father (played well by Charles Durning), he decided to make his own mark, and with the help of his friend Hector he established an internet charity designed to facilititate giving between total strangers. Meanwhile, his elf butler hired a new cook for him, one in danger of being deported to Venezuela because she hadn’t renewed her visa.

The plot was absolutely predictable. By about thirty minutes in I had figured out the plot twists, knew who would be double-crossing whom, knew who St. Nicholas would marry in the end, knew that he would end up saving Christmas after nearly destroying it. And I was right.

It was harmless Christmas fare, enlivened by a sardonic Grammer performance and a minor role by Wallace Shawn as an elf wizard.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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