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- Then she apologized
- But President Trump didn't accept Griffin's apology
- Neither did First Lady Melania Trump
- And now CNN has fired Griffin
- Lebanon has officially banned 'Wonder Woman' over star's Israeli heritage
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On the heels of its success with revitalizing "Gilmore Girls," "Full House" and "One Day at a Time," Netflix announced a new dip into the past with a continuation of the late Jim Henson's 1982 film "The Dark Crystal."
Produced by the streaming service in collaboration with the Jim Henson Co, "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" will act as a prequel to the animatronics-heavy fantasy film, which explored the contentious relationship between noble, peaceful Mystics, the grotesque Skeksis and the elf-like Gelflings. The 10-episode series begins filming in the fall.
Henson was best known for his pop culture contributions via "Sesame Street," "The Muppet Show" and its subsequent movie spinoffs. His foray outside the Muppet universe was considerably darker than his previous work, with battles that were more akin to "Lord of the Rings" than "The Muppet Movie" and decidedly adult themes of balance and cosmic interconnectedness. As the teaser shows, it was a labor of love for Henson, who died in 1990.
The series will be filmed in the U.K. and will again feature Gelflings at its center. as well as new characters created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and Brian Froud, the conceptual designer on the original feature. Louis Leterrier of the feature films "Now You See Me" and 2010's "Clash of the Titans" will serve as executive producer and direct.
“I can’t wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life," said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix.
A premiere date has yet to be announced.