Disney just postponed their live-action “Little Mermaid” TV musical, and nothing matters anymore

Since there’s no such thing as TOO much Little Mermaid, earlier this year Disney announced that they would be bringing Ariel and all her undersea friends to the small screen for a live musical event. And then earlier today, word got out that ABC had actually very quietly postponed the event, which in TV terms basically means “canceled,” and excuse us while we go find a rock formation in a treasure trove to cry on for a while.

The live-action show — which at the time was billed as a hybrid live-action and animation (and maybe some water effects?) musical — was set to air in three months, on October 3rd. According to USA Today, who first broke the news, the sets for the musical had already been built, and it was almost ready to go into rehearsal…even though we have literally not heard anything about the cast for the show.

And, well, guess there’s a reason for that now. Sounds like the event, The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live, swam a little too close to a burning ship out at sea, and won’t be moving forward. USA Today cites “budget constraints,” and like, okay, we get it. Becoming a mermaid is hard work, time, and money. And thingamabobs don’t come cheap, you know.

“We are postponing the Little Mermaid Live special. We love the idea of doing a live musical and want to make it wonderful. 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,” an ABC spokesperson said in a statement.

At the time, there are no plans to reschedule the event, so it’s probably sunk for now. At least we still have the Lin-Manuel Miranda live-action version coming up eventually. Don’t you dare try and take that away from us, Disney.