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‘The Santa Clauses’: How Creator Jack Burditt Suspects He And Tim Allen Were Hilariously Tricked Into Doing The Disney+ Comedy

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EXCLUSIVE: Jack Burditt assumed he had the blessing of Tim Allen when he was first asked to adapt The Santa Clause franchise for Disney+.

But that wasn’t exactly the case. Flashback to May of 2020, when a studio executive reached out to the Emmy-winning sitcom writer to see if he could find a way to bring Allen’s Scott Calvin, aka Kris Kringle, to the small screen.

Naturally, Burditt wanted to know if Allen was on board, especially given the way they last parted ways. Burditt created Last Man Standing for Allen in 2011 but walked away from the then-ABC comedy during its first season after a death occurred in his family. “Tim has always been nice to me since, but in my mind you’re usually not eager to work with a person who jumped ship the last time you worked together,” recalls Burditt, who never returned to the hit sitcom that ended up lasting until 2021.

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