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"A TOWN WITHOUT CHRISTMAS"
"A Town Without Christmas" was the most popular television movie of the 2001-2002 season. For those who missed it, here is a brief summary.
In the little town of Seacliff, Washington, one kid's letter to Santa has captured the nation's attention. "Chris" writes that he may leave this world by Christmas so he will no longer be a burden to his divorcing parents. A race begins to find him before he harms himself.
M.J. Jensen (Patricia Heaton), a smart and serious TV reporter, is assigned to the story by her competitive boss (Ernie Hudson). On her way to Seacliff, she meets struggling writer David Reynolds (Rick Roberts), who is returning to his hometown for his own reasons. There is an immediate spark between them. Once in Seacliff, M.J. and David join together to try and locate the kid who wrote to Santa. With the help of an unlikely angel named Max (Peter Falk), who appears as different characters in the town, M.J. and David find "Chris", who turns out to be the mayor's daughter, Megan.
Not only are the mayor and his wife divorcing, they're also fighting about the annual Christmas pageant. Since the town has fallen on hard times, the mayor has cancelled the event, saying that he doesn't have the funds to support it. His wife believes it's imperative to have the pageant, because you can't have "a town without Christmas." Thanks to Max, David finds a way to rescue the event, and everyone has new hope in the magic of the holiday season.