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What to watch this weekend: 'Frozen' premiere on ABC, new Netflix originals

Queen Elsa in Disney's Frozen.

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Queen Elsa in Disney's Frozen.

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December

Remember three years ago when Disney released Frozen and you couldn't go a day without hearing the astonishing Idina Menzel belt out Let It Go? Well, nothing has really changed. Frozen toys and merchandise are, literally, everywhere. Kids and adults still can't get enough of Elsa and Anna.

And on Sunday, ABC premieres a special television debut of the animated film starring the voices of Menzel and Kristin Bell along with a behind-the-scenes look at its creation after.

This is the perfect chance to keep the kids occupied while you wrap holiday presents or dive into that book you've been meaning to start. Or give in and sing along to Do You Want to Build a Snowman? and Reindeers are Better Than People.

Watch this week

FRIDAY

Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups, 7:45 p.m., Freeform: Rambunctious puppies stow away in Mrs. Claus' sled during a trip to Pineville, where they attempt to bring back the Christmas spirit with their adorableness.

The Exorcist, 9 p.m., Fox: A potential catastrophe surfaces right before Pope Sebastian comes to town and Marcus has to save the day, kind of.

Available today

White Rabbit Project, Netflix: Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara investigate weird and wonderful events from pop culture, science and history in this Myth Busters-esque series.

Captive, Netflix: This new docu-series, left, delves into the mechanics of hostages and negotiations, looking at viewpoints of everyone involved.

More: Cirque du Soleil Junior - Luna Petunia season 1, Club de Cuervos season 2, Four Seasons in Havana season 1, Medici: Masters of Florence season 1, Spectral, Fuller House season 2, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency season 1, Netflix

Mozart in the Jungle season 3, Amazon

SATURDAY

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 8 p.m., CBS: Burl Ives narrates this animated musical about the origins of everyone's favorite reindeer, which first premiered in 1964.

Frosty the Snowman, 9 p.m., CBS: The classic story of the warm-hearted snowman who risks a meltdown unless he can get to the North Pole before the temperatures rise too high.

Frosty Returns, 9:30 p.m., CBS: John Goodman voices Frosty, who is threatened by an inventor of a snow-removal spray.

Available today

Lucky Number Slevin, Phantom of the Theater, Netflix

Daddy's Home, Amazon

SUNDAY

Frozen, 8 p.m., ABC: A special television premiere of the hit Disney movie based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. Ice Queen Elsa casts her kingdom into an eternal winter and it's up to her beloved sister Anna, along with mountaineer Kristoff and reindeer Sven, to break the spell.

Don't miss: The Toycracker, a mini musical created by Target and starring John Legend and Chrissy Teigen as characters from The Nutcracker. Airs during broadcast of Frozen on ABC.

The Making of Frozen: A Return to Arendelle, 10 p.m., ABC: A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the highest-grossing animated film ever. It also includes a sneak peak at the new Frozen holiday special premiering next year.

Holiday Baking Championship, 9 p.m., Food Network: Four bakers remain when the tasks include making edible stockings and cream puff Christmas trees.

The Walking Dead, 9 p.m., AMC: In the midseason finale, Negan's stay in Alexandria continues to be unwelcome while key members are out scavenging for supplies.

Available today

Breaking a Monster, Netflix

Contact Chelsea Tatham at ctatham@tampabay.com. Follow @chelseatatham.

 

[Last modified: Thursday, December 8, 2016 6:02pm]

    

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