12/16/1991 at 01:00 AM EST
NBC (Man., Dec. 16, 9 P.M. ET)
Tis the week before Christmas when St. Nick (Lloyd Bridges) discovers he must find a replacement immediately because his 300-year term is just about to run out.
On his quest Santa ventures to New York City, where he meets a friendly Rastafarian (Dear John's Cleavon Little), a washed-up journalist (L.A. Law's Michael Tucker) and a kindly cabbie (Santa Barbara's A Martinez). Alison (Hey, where's my NBC series?) LaPlaca costars.
From the beginning, you can see where this sweet but flaccid fable is going—toward the realm of "happy endings all around and see what the elves in the back are having." But Bridges gives the affair a twinkle as radiant as Rudolph's nose.