What a year it has been for Steve Guttenberg. In the past few months alone, he has scored a recurring role on Veronica Mars (as politico Woody Goodman), gone (upside-)down with the ship on NBC's The Poseidon Adventure, and now he's back making merry (and trying to get married) in Hallmark Channel's Meet the Santas (premiering Dec. 17 at 9 pm/ET), a follow-up to the 2004 TV-movie in which his Nick Claus met his would-be missus (played by Crystal Bernard). But as busy as he is, Guttenberg always finds time to play a real-life gift-giver to those in need, and that's one of the topics TVGuide.com spoke to him about in this Q&A.
TVGuide.com: Does it make an actor feel all warm inside doing a holiday movie like Meet the Santas?Steve Guttenberg: It m
For years, Steve Guttenberg has charmed us in comedies like Police Academy and Short Circuit and heart-warmers like Three Men and a Baby and Cocoon. On Saturday night, he'll star as Nick — as in St. Nick Jr. — in Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus (9 pm/ET on Hallmark Channel). Not only is his character destined to inherit Santa's sack of gifts, he's gotta woo and win Wings alumna Crystal Bernard as his missus.
Sorry to be un-PC for the holidays, but isn't Santa a little, well, plump to compete for this hottie's affections in today's ab-obsessed dating scene? Perhaps he's gonna do a little treadmill time on The Biggest Loser before they meet?
"I'm the more streamlined Santa," Guttenberg laughs to TV Guide Online. "I'm still jovial, but I'm a junior Santa. You know that in 20 years, I'll pack on about 100 pounds from eatin' jelly beans and sippin' on sodas. With a little good cookin' I'll become