L-R: Blizzard, Smiley, Santa and Candy

Exclusive First Look of Four Characters from the CBS Original “Reindeer in Here”

A Heartwarming Comedy-Adventure Based on the Award-Winning Christmas Book and Plush Set, “Reindeer in Here,” from Acclaimed Author Adam Reed

Celebrate the holiday season with a new CBS Original animated special filled with joy and magic for the whole family! REINDEER IN HERE®, a one-hour animated holiday special, will premiere Tuesday, Nov. 29 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), immediately following the beloved holiday classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Based on the award-winning Christmas book and plush set created by acclaimed author Adam Reed and written for the screen by Greg Erb & Jason Oremland, REINDEER IN HERE is the heartwarming story of how Blizzard (Blizz), a young reindeer living at the North Pole who has an unusual trait – one antler that is significantly smaller than the other – and his unique group of friends band together to save the future of Christmas. In doing so, they unknowingly create a magical holiday tradition like none other.

In REINDEER IN HERE, Blizz just wants to show Santa that his original inventions can make Christmas even better. Theo, a lonely 10-year-old boy, is the new kid in town who longs to make friends. When a mysterious villain swipes the magical snow globe that holds the wishes of every child in the world, these two unlikely heroes become Santa’s only hope to save Christmas. Blizzard and Theo can’t save Christmas all on their own, so they enlist the help of their trustworthy friends. Their journey includes a unique, quirky and loveable cast of characters including Candy, the over-sharing Snowgirl; Pinky, the only entirely pink reindeer at the North Pole; Hawk, the endearingly dim-witted mohawked polar bear; Bucky, the big-toothed nervous-nelly reindeer; the adorable and hilarious Smiley the elf who has served as Santa’s harried H.O.H.O (Head of Holiday Operations) for the past 500 years; and Isla, Theo’s brilliant classmate.

“As Blizzard tells Theo, ‘don’t hide what makes you unique,’ and this joyful hour of television, meant for the whole family, celebrates just that,” said executive producer and creator Adam Reed. “REINDEER IN HERE is a story that encourages not only accepting our differences, but celebrating them. It’s a story filled with laughter, joy, friendship and heart that we hope will join the list of beloved holiday classics families watch together year after magical year.”

“I fell in love with this project the moment I read the script, and immediately connected with the ‘different is normal’ message,” said Lino DiSalvo, executive producer and director of REINDEER IN HERE and former head of animation for Walt Disney Animation Studios, whose credits include “Frozen,” “Tangled” and “Bolt.” “I love that Blizzard, our hero character, no matter the situation, has belief in himself, even when others might not, despite his differences.”

Adam Reed is the author of the award-winning children’s book Reindeer in Here, on which the new animated special is based. Launched in 2017, the book sold out on Amazon in under two hours and became an instant Amazon #1 new release and best-seller. In just a few short years, “Reindeer in Here” has become the most awarded Christmas tradition brand of all time, having won 12 major awards, including Creative Child magazine’s Book of the Year, a gold Mom’s Choice Award and the prestigious National Parenting Center seal of approval. Reed initially created “Reindeer in Here” for his own children because of what he felt was a lack of positive holiday tradition brands in the market that didn’t also stress out parents in the process. Reed also runs the Emmy Award nominated production company Thinkfactory Media. He has produced over 1000 hours of television, including such notable series as “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” the “Marriage Boot Camp” franchise, “Hatfields & McCoys,” “Rat in the Kitchen,” “Mama June” and many other hits. Also, Reed is an accomplished commercial director, having been shortlisted at the Cannes International Advertising Festival.

REINDEER IN HERE is executive produced by Adam Reed and based on the book of the same name. The special is produced by CBS’ Eye Animation Productions, CBS Studios’ animation arm. Executive producers and writers are Greg Erb and Jason Oremland (credits include Oscar nominated “The Princess and The Frog” and MONSTER HIGH: THE MOVIE for Paramount+). Jonathan Koch and Sander Schwartz are executive producers and Lino 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.

*Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service as well as on-demand. Essential tier subscribers will have access to on-demand the day after the episode airs.


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