CBS announced today the star-studded voices behind the new CBS Original animated holiday special Reindeer in Here, which premieres Tuesday, Nov. 29 (9:01-10:01 p.m., PT/ET), on the CBS Television Network and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. The one-hour special, filled with joy and magic for the whole family, will immediately follow the beloved holiday classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (8-9:01 p.m., ET/PT).
The cast of the special includes Adam Devine voicing Blizzard (or “Blizz”), Jim Gaffigan voicing Santa;, Melissa Villaseñor voicing Candy, Henry Winkler voicing Smiley, Candace Cameron Bure voicing Pinky, Donald Faison voicing Buck,; Jo Koy voicing Hawk, Gabriel Bateman voicing Theo and Brooke Monroe Conaway voicing Isla.
Based on the award-winning Christmas book and plush set created by Adam Reed, who serves as executive producer, written for the screen by Greg Erb & Jason Oremland and directed by former head of animation for Walt Disney Animation Studios Lino DiSalvo, Reindeer in Here tells the story of how Blizzard (Blizz), a young reindeer who has one antler that is significantly smaller than the other, and his unique group of friends band together to save the future of Christmas — and unknowingly create a magical holiday tradition like none other.
Published by Simon and Schuster, the Reindeer in Here book is now available as an updated giftable boxed set, which bundles the picture book (featuring new illustrations) with a huggable plush.
Reindeer in Here is produced by CBS’ Eye Animation Productions, CBS Studios’ animation arm. Executive producers and writers are Erb & Oremland (The Princess and the Frog, Monster High: The Movie). Jonathan Koch and Sander Schwartz are executive producers and DiSalvo is director and executive producer. Animation production is by Ottawa-based JamFilled. Executive producers for JamFilled are Jamie Leclaire, Phil Lafrance and Kyle Mac Dougall.
Cast & Characters
Blizzard (Blizz), a young reindeer living at the North Pole who has an unusual trait – one antler that is significantly smaller than the other – voiced by actor, comedian, singer, screenwriter and producer Adam Devine.
Santa, voiced by Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, New York Times bestselling author, Emmy-winning performer, and multiplatinum-selling recording artist Jim Gaffigan.
Candy, the oversharing snowgirl, voiced by comedian, actor, artist and author Melissa Villaseñor.
Smiley, an adorable and hilarious elf who has served as Santa’s harried H.O.H.O (head of holiday operations) for the past 500 years, voiced by Emmy Award-winning actor Henry Winkler.
Pinky, the beautifully blingy and only all-pink reindeer at the North Pole, voiced by Emmy-nominated actor, director, New York Times bestselling author and producer Candace Cameron Bure.
Bucky, the big-toothed nervous-Nelly reindeer, voiced by actor and comedian Donald Faison.
Hawk, the endearingly dim-witted mohawked polar bear, voiced by stand-up comedian and actor Jo Koy.
Theo, a lonely 10-year-old boy and the new kid in town who longs to make friends, voiced by young actor Gabriel Bateman.
Isla, Theo’s brilliant classmate, voiced by young actor Brooke Monroe Conaway.