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Realizing Any Publicity is Good Publicity, NBC Decides to Do This Live Musical Thing Every Year

NBC’s live bradcast of The Sound of Music last weekend was greeted with much the same attitude as Sharknado: a far fetched concept (The Sound of Music without Julie Andrews?), but an ambitious undertaking nonetheless (a live-broadcast stage musical?), likely to be entertaining only in the degree to which it might be a total trainwreck.

And the show delivered, both to folks looking to revel in its technical glitches and lackluster casting (if you didn’t catch it the first time, you can catch an encore this weekend), and to NBC executives who quite enjoyed those 18.6 million viewers who turned their ears and eyeballs to the program. So, of course, they’re planning more.

NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt told Deadline, that the success of next year’s broadcast “hinges on finding a title that can be rated G, as was The Sound of Music, and has loads of very familiar tunes – and on securing the services of another music star with a large fan base, like [Carrie] Underwood.” So there you have it folks: all your hate tweeting about The Sound of Music means we get to do it all again in a year. Trust me, it’s not going to be that difficult for NBC to find another G rated musical production with songs that everybody knows. They could just do Grease.

Wait, is Grease G-rated? Do pregnancy scares count as more PG than Nazis? Well, anyway, they could do Bye Bye Birdie. I’m pretty sure there’s nothing untoward in there. But part of me hopes that there’s an extended mixup and NBC winds up producing a stage musical version of Rosemary’s Baby. See, NBC has just greenlit a four hour miniseries based on the 1967 novel that inspired the 1968 film that will make you never want to have children or talk to your neighbors ever again. Come on, NBC mail room interns, just mix up some internal memos. I know you can make this happen.

(via Deadline, Variety.)


  • Gina Truitt

    I’m not entirely surprised. 18.6 million? How many people watch the Superbowl? Isn’t it something like that? If they start doing this every year, it might get a heck of a lot better and be something people want to watch, and not just for the possibility of it becoming accidentally x rated.

  • Anonymous

    I’m actually excited for live musicals. I just hope they won’t repeat the same mistake of picking a lead who is a great! singer but can’t act for beans and should have made her acting debut with something that allowed for takes and edits

  • Anonymous

    I watched Sound of Music Live and enjoyed it. Was the acting good? No. Cheesy? Absolutely. But it was FUN, and the live tweets were even funnier. I would watch another with hope that NBC casts some better actors next time.

  • Gina Truitt

    Ok, so it didn’t quite reach that level. But I bet it could if it had some amazing commercials and maybe a power outage or two.

  • Adrian

    Grease (the movie) is rated PG but just read/listen to the uncensored lyrics to Greased Lightning and you’ll wonder how that ever happened.

  • Lady Commentariat

    I will only support this if the MST3K team reunites and does a live web-radio cast to provide running commentary.

  • Anonymous

    They should do “The Music Man” with One Direction. One of them can play Harold Hill and the other 4 can be the Barbershop Quartet. (God I hope they know I’m kidding…)

  • Anonymous

    I nominate Evita. Catchy tunes? Check. Celebrity casting? Check. G-rated? Well, they’ve already done one musical set in a dictatorship. Hot new trend!

  • Anonymous

    Earth Girls Are Easy – Live!

  • Amy C.

    Beauty and the Beast!

  • Anonymous

    Not a huge fan of musicals. But I think Carrie Underwood was very brave to do this – she’s not Julie Andrews, but she’s got guts. I don’t think a role “belongs” to anyone – though one person may seem to be the definitive interpretation of the character.

    Even G rated (and G rated is not necessarily bad), doing live tv is daring. I hope this leads to other types of live presentations, the way Playhouse 90 presented televised plays in the 50s.

  • Anonymous

    There’s no compensating for the tin ear and celebrity-hunger of the great masses sadly. So yeah they’ll be more and they’ll all have big ratings. And Broadway weeps.

  • Anna Partrick

    This actually wasn’t Carrie Underwood’s acting debut (don’t know if that makes it better or worse…) as she was in the film ‘Soul Surfer’ in 2011 and one episode each of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ & ‘Sesame Street’ before that, respectively. But considering how she had never even been the lead in anything EVER before this, it was pretty dumb to expect her acting to be on par with her singing… :D