First Look! CBS Celebrates the Joy of Being Different in New Holiday Special, 'Reindeer In Here'

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There’s nothing like being proud of being your true self. As Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

That’s the great message behind Adam Reed’s wildly successful children’s book Reindeer in Here. The book centers around Blizzard (Blizz), a young reindeer living in the North Pole who has one antler that is significantly smaller than the other. The book has 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.

This holiday season the beloved Blizzard gets animated! In Reindeer in Here, Blizzard and friends help save the future of Christmas. The one-hour heartwarming comedy-adventure special, on the CBS Television Network, premieres Nov. 29 at 9 pm, ET/PT, immediately following the holiday classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. The special will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

“As Blizzard tells [his friend] Theo, ‘don’t hide what makes you unique,’ and this joyful hour of television, meant for the whole family, celebrates just that,” says Reed, who is the show’s executive producer and creator. “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.”

Here's everything you need to know about Reindeer In Here, including a first look at four characters.

What is Reindeer In Here about?

In Reindeer In Here, Theo, a 10-year-old boy is new to his town. He aches to have friends and is lonely. But Blizzard is his true friend. The duo is tested when a villain swipes the magical snow globe that holds the wishes of every child in the world. These two become Santa’s only hope to save Christmas. They also get help from their troupe of trustworthy pals, a crew of quirky and adorable characters.

Who are the Reindeer In Here characters?

In addition to Blizzard and Theo, along on this adventure in Reindeer In Here is Pinky, the only entirely pink reindeer at the North Pole. There's Candy, the over-sharing Snowgirl. Hawk is an endearing mohawked polar bear. We meet Bucky, the big-toothed nervous-nelly reindeer. Smiley is the hilarious elf who has served as Santa’s harried H.O.H.O (Head of Holiday Operations) for the past 500 years. And there's Isla, Theo’s brilliant classmate.

What network is Reindeer In Here on?

Reindeer in Here will air on CBS.

When does Reindeer In Here premiere?

The one-hour original animated holiday special will premiere Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. Reindeer In Here is available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.

When can I watch Reindeer In Here again?

*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.

Who wrote and directed Reindeer In Here?

Based on the award-winning Christmas book and plush set created by author Adam Reed, Reindeer In Here was written for the screen by Greg Erb and Jason Oremland, The special was directed and executive produced by Lino DiSalvo. “I fell in love with this project the moment I read the script, and immediately connected with the ‘different is normal’ message,” said DiSalvo, who is the 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.”

Get a sneak peek of four Reindeer In Here characters

Yes! Check them out below!