In the Lifetime TV movie Becoming Santa, a toy designer named Connor (Jesse Hutch) is ready to propose to his girlfriend Holly (Laura Bell Bundy). But before doing so, he asks to meet her family, whom she’s been keeping a secret. She agrees, it is time. They travel to the North Pole to meet her dad and mom, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Not only does he have to get over the shock that he’s about to marry Santa’s daughter but he also needs to accept the fact that he’s next in line for Santa’s job.
Santa is portrayed by Michael Gross. He’s best known for his role as Steven Keaton on the popular 1980s sitcom Family Ties. (His wife on the show, Elyse, was portrayed by Meredith Baxter who plays Mrs. Claus in Becoming Santa.) Since then Gross has had recurring roles on Suits (Walter Gillis), How I Met Your Mother (Alfred Mosby), The Young and the Restless (River Baldwin), The Drew Carey Show (Don Newmark, Kellie’s Father), and ER (John “Jack” Carter, Jr.). Gross is also recognized for his role as Burt Gummer in the Tremors movies. Becoming Santa will premiere on Lifetime on December 12 at 8pm.