ABC Dives Into Live Musicals With The Little Mermaid

ABC has jut announced that they are getting into the musical industry for the 2017-18 season and they plan on going under the sea.

Bosses at Done + Dusted are producing the TV special, while Hamish Hamilton, Ian Stewart, David Jammy, Katy Mullan and Richard Kraft of Kraft-Engel Productions are executive producing.

The Little Mermaid Live will cast celebrities in the iconic roles from Disney's 1989 animated film.

A release for the two-hour event says it will "intertwine" Disney's animated take on the Hans Christian Andersen classic with live musical performances "via cutting-edge technology".

Little else is know at this stage, apart from the fact there will be "celebrity artists" on board to perform some of the film's most memorable songs.

"The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live" is set for an October 3 premiere.

The show was announced at the annual network pitch to advertisers. No official performers have been announced for that special as of yet, but it will air on February 7, 2018. E! has the upcoming docuseries So Cosmo, centering on the editors at Cosmopolitan magazine. Last week, NBC revealed a Jesus Christ Superstar live musical is in the works, too.

The decision to push further into musical programming comes after ABC successfully landed the American Idol revival. He is also writing new music alongside Menken for the project.

ABC will air a remake of "Dirty Dancing" on May 24, but it will not be live.

Vanessa Coleman