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WASHINGTON (AP) _ 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.