a series in development at Syfy, Kevin Sorbo’s hot streak continues with … the Hallmark Channel original The Santa Suit premiering Dec. 2. As you can tell from the photo, he play a sexy businessman, Hunter Toys CEO Drake Hunter, who’s kind of a douche. As the synopsis explains, “Hunter has come up with a deliciously deceitful marketing plan this Christmas. He has dispatched mall Santas throughout the city to whisper into the ears of boys and girls, ‘It isn’t a great toy, unless it’s from Hunter’s!’ There’s only one problem: Santa is watching, and he isn’t amused. In an instant, Santa Claus transforms Drake into his own image — full, round face and belly, long, flowing beard. Now Drake has a problem: He’s mistaken for a vagrant ‘Kriss’ and forced into a homeless shelter. With no family or friends to miss him, Drake/Kriss strikes up a relationship with Nancy (Jodie Dowdall, Termination Point), a social worker, and must take a job as a mall Santa himself to maintain his living arrangement at the shelter. Drake also befriends Gemma (Briana D’Aguanno, Flashpoint), a young girl from an impoverished family who has become a latchkey kid because her mother has to make ends meet by pulling double shifts at … Hunter Toys.”With
I think we all know how this story ends. Fingers crossed Sorbo ends up a changed man in love with a single mother just like SPOILER ALERT! Eric McCormack did in the 1997 holiday TV movie Borrowed Hearts costarring Roma Downey.* But did you know that in Sorbo’s recent feature What If…, he played a businessman whose guardian angel (John Ratzenberger) gave him a look at what his life would’ve been like had he become a preacher and married Kristy Swanson as planned?**
* I hate that I know that.
** That, too.