Monday, December 04, 2006

'Without a Santa' to get local screening on TV premiere night

File this under: "Things that make you go hmmm."

"The Year Without a Santa Claus," an NBC movie shot in Natchitoches and Shreveport, will be screened without commercials at Shreveport's Municipal Auditorium exactly one hour before its TV premiere on Dec. 11.

The local screening starts at 7 p.m. The NBC premiere starts at 8 p.m.

A sixty-minute head start might not propel Joe Couch Potato out of the house on a Monday night.

Since the TV movie used hundreds (and well more than a thousand) extras, however, I'm guessing the Municipal screening might stuff a stocking or two.

All the details are here on

Below are the basics:

8 p.m. Dec. 11.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Dec. 11. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Municipal Auditorium, 725 Elvis Presley Ave. in Shreveport.
COST: free, but tickets are required. They can be picked up at the Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau, the Municipal Auditorium, the Bossier Visitor Center and the Louisiana Boardwalk’s information center. Only six tickets per adult.
INFO: (318) 222-9391.

PHOTO CREDIT: "The Year Without a Santa Claus" stars (left to right) Eddie Griffin as Jangle, John Goodman as Santa, Delta Burke as Mrs. Claus, Ethan Suplee as Jingle and Chris Kattan as Sparky. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC Photo)


Chris said...

I never realized that the title of this picture was "A Year Without A Santa Claus." I always read it as "A Year Without Santa Claus" basically leaving off the "a" part. Why is this you may ask? Because there is (or should be) only one Santa. It's like the movie is inferring that there is more than one Chris Kringle floating about above the Arctic Circle. Oh, NBC, you give us "Heroes" and then you give us this...

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Chris said...

Oh man... I thought I was overdoing it in that last comment there. But then I watched the extended preview. *buries head in hands*

They have completely ruined one of my favorite villain-of-Christmas songs.

Kathryn Usher said...

I watched it last night at home. I'm sure I'm a total goober but I liked it. I even teared up at the end. That said I think I would have done the screenplay just a tad different and there were some other things that troubled me but, hey, I grew up on the "getting dead" TV movies in the 70s so I liked the warm and fuzzy.