Whoopi Goldberg to Play Female Santa

It took four years for Whoopi Goldberg and Garth Brooks to make the TV movie Call Me Claus, but Goldberg said the delay wasn't because she'd be starring as a black female Santa.

"It never occurred to anybody that that was the problem. The problem was that it was an old-fashioned story," she said. "And if you're looking at something like The Sopranos and Sex and the City, this comes up a little — you know, I don't know — old-fashioned."

Goldberg said she's co-producing and starring in the movie because she wanted to make a holiday special for her grandchildren.

"Christmas in my house is a madhouse, but I love the holidays," the 46-year-old said. "We do Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, we do everything. So there are menorahs and giant Christmas trees and Santa Clauses and elves and all kinds of craziness."

Call Me Claus, which features new music from Brooks, airs at 8 p.m. EST Sunday on TNT.