‘Lit­tle Mer­maid’ de­layed

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Nar­dine Saad

Ariel will be stay­ing un­der the sea a lit­tle while longer. ABC is post­pon­ing “The Lit­tle Mer­maid Live!”

The live-TV adap­ta­tion, to be pre­sented un­der the “Won­der­ful World of Dis­ney” ban­ner, was set for Oct. 3 but has been pushed back. The net­work said it is eye­ing 2018 so that Ariel — and the pro­duc­tion — can get their legs.

“We love the idea of do­ing a live mu­si­cal and want to make it won­der­ful,” an ABC spokesper­son said in an an­nounce­ment Fri­day. “The project is so unique that we are mak­ing best ef­forts to do it next year and want to give it all the at­ten­tion it de­serves.”

Adapted from Dis­ney’s 1989 an­i­mated film, “The Lit­tle Mer­maid Live!” is the lat­est in ABC’s live mu­si­cal pro­duc­tions, which kicked off with 2013’s “The Sound of Mu­sic Live!” star­ring Car­rie Un­der­wood. Dis­ney also has plans for a sep­a­rate live-ac­tion “Lit­tle Mer­maid” film pair­ing “Moana” and “Hamil­ton” com­poser Lin-Manuel Mi­randa with orig­i­nal com­poser Alan Menken.

“The Lit­tle Mer­maid Live!” is one of three live-event spe­cials on ABC’s ros­ter for the 2017-2018 sea­son. The net­work will pay homage to Rolling Stone mag­a­zine in Fe­bru­ary with “Rolling Stone 50,” and an untitled live sit­com spe­cial with Jimmy Kim­mel and Justin Th­er­oux is also in the works.

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