TV's 'Annie' Makes a Comeback Dec. 10 on ABC

News   TV's 'Annie' Makes a Comeback Dec. 10 on ABC The TV movie musical of "Annie," which won two Emmys and a Peabody Award after airing in 1999, will run every holiday season beginning with the "score" telecast on "The Wonderful World of Disney" Dec. 10, according to producers.

The TV movie musical of "Annie," which won two Emmys and a Peabody Award after airing in 1999, will run every holiday season beginning with the "score" telecast on "The Wonderful World of Disney" Dec. 10, according to producers.

Broadway director-choreographer Rob Marshall (Little Me, Cabaret, Seussical) directed and choreographed the popular small-screen version of the Broadway smash, and ended up with an Emmy Award for choreography.

"Annie" — complete with the famous anthem, "Tomorrow" — will be seen 7-9 (ET) Dec. 10 on ABC. Check local listings for time and channel.

The Nov. 7, 1999, airing of "Annie" was a smash for ABC and "Wonderful World of Disney," luring an estimated 40 million viewers. Alicia Morton played the red-headed orphan to Victor Garber's bald-pated Daddy Warbucks. Kathy Bates played orphanage matron Miss Hannigan.

"Annie" was second highest-rated Disney TV movie ever, and earned the largest audience in the 7-9 PM time period in two years — since Disney's "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" in 1997, and excluding The Academy Awards. A video release of the holiday-themed picture came in December 1999 followed by a 2000 DVD release. There is also a soundtrack recording.

"Annie" producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan of Storyline Entertainment (TV's "Gypsy, "Cinderella") are developing a number of musical ideas for Disney and ABC, including a TV version of Jerry Herman's Mame, executive produced by Barbra Streisand, and "The Music Man" starring Matthew Broderick.

— By Kenneth Jones