I’m Mister Heat Miser…

Be sure to tune in tonight to NBC’s live-action version of one of my all-time favorite Rankin-Bass animated specials, The Year Without a Santa Claus (9 p.m. on the East Coast). I don’t expect this to take the place of the old one in my heart, but the preview (above) looks pretty good. In case you’re interested, that’s Harvey Fierstein as Heat Miser and Michael (Lenny in “Laverne and Shirley”) McKean as the Snow Miser.

Longtime readers will already be familiar with my story about one of the voice actors from the original, Dick Shawn, who voiced the Cold Miser, and the amazing way he died. If you don’t remember, you can read it here.

P.S.: If the clip left you jonsing for the real thing, here’s the original Cold Miser and Heat Miser musical numbers.