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'Frozen' holiday special to air on ABC, voice cast to return

By Wade Sheridan   |   Feb. 10, 2016 at 7:55 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Disney's hit animated musical Frozen is coming to the small screen for the first time.

ABC announced that an original Frozen animated holiday special is being produced and is set to air in 2017.

The special, which takes place after the events of the original 2013 film, will reunite the voice cast of Kristen Bell as Anna, Idina Menzel as Elsa, Jonathan Groff as Kristoff and Josh Gad as Olaf.

The currently untitled project will be directed by two-time Emmy Award-winning directors Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (Prep & Landing), and will be produced by Oscar Award-winner Roy Conli (Big Hero 6).

News of the animated special comes off the heels of Disney Theatrical Productions announcing Tuesday Alex Timbers as director of the stage musical based on Frozen. The show will feature music and lyrics by the creators of the film score -- Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez -- and a book by Jennifer Lee, the movie's screenwriter and co-director.

Released in 2013, Frozen grossed nearly $1.28 billion at the worldwide box office making it the most successful animated film of all time.

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5 TV favorites revived by streaming services

It's been 10 years since "Arrested Development" on Fox, but the meta-comedy got another chance on Netflix. Here are five other shows sharing similar web-streaming happily-ever-afters.
By Marilyn Malara   |   Feb. 10, 2016 at 7:33 AM

Wednesday marks 10 years since Fox pulled cult favorite comedy series Arrested Development, starring Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor and Jessica Walter, from its program list.

Despite falling onto the wayside of public consciousness for several years, the call of devout fans for a revival of the Emmy award-winning series prompted Netflix to come to the rescue.

The popular streaming service licensed a fourth season of Arrested Development, aired it in 2013, and is reportedly working on a fifth. It isn't the only show thought to have been forgotten, only to be brought back to life by a web-based streaming service. Here are some others that have gotten similar treatment.

1. The Killing

The former AMC crime drama, starring Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, was cut from the network after just three seasons in 2013. But because of its reportedly dire need of a proper ending, Netflix reached out and developed a six-episode final season later that year. The fourth season of the Danish adaption was released on Netflix in August of 2014.

2. The Mindy Project

Netflix isn't the only streaming service to swoop in for the rescue after a television program's cancellation. After Fox cancelled The Mindy Project after three seasons in May 2015, Hulu quickly picked it up, commissioning 26 new episodes for its fourth season. The Mindy Project already streamed on Hulu during its stay at Fox and so it became a perfect home for the Mindy Kaling-led comedy.

3. Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls may have been cancelled by Warner Bros. after seven seasons in 2007, but after several weeks of rumors, Netflix has announced a limited revival of the beloved sitcom. Starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, the untitled Gilmore Girls revival will also bring back Scott Patterson, Liza Weil, Matt Czurchry and Kelly Bishop. It was recently revealed original actress Melissa McCarthy will not be returning to the show, however.

4. Fuller House

The upcoming Netflix revival of Full House, dubbed Fuller House, will star original actors Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin Andrea Barber, Bob Saget and John Stamos. This week, Netflix released the first full-length preview of the upcoming sequel, which will premier Feb. 26. Fashion designers Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen, who played Michelle Tanner when they were toddlers, will not be joining the revival.

6. Community

The Dan Harmon-led sitcom Community, starring the likes of Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Donald Glover and others premiered on NBC in 2009 and was well-known for its unique humor and parody tendencies. The series was cancelled after its fifth season and picked up by Yahoo! Screen, which sponsored a sixth season in March 2015.

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