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(LA Times)   Final numbers show that "The Sound of Music" on NBC had 18.6 million viewers. Or as NBC calls an audience of 18.6 million, a pretty good decade   (latimes.com) divider line 38
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2013-12-11 09:42:54 AM
Or not, since they have the by-far-and-away most watched show on TV Sunday nights during the football season.
 
2013-12-11 09:54:46 AM
You know what? I'm giving NBC a pass on this. If I have a choice between having them point on yet another crappy pseudo-"reality" show or more shows where performers are taking the risk of performing live without autotune? I say give me more.
Now to get a group of people famous enough to draw an audience but good enough actors to pull it off (think John Goodman, Kevin Spacey, Patrick Stewart etc) to do a update of Playhouse 90 or something similar live on a weekly basis
 
2013-12-11 09:55:07 AM
Looks like NBC is learning what radio still has to - to stay relevant, they have to offer something that can't be delivered via bittorrented file.  Only they have the resources to bring you a big event live.

It can have its drawbacks, though... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0694650/
 
2013-12-11 09:56:08 AM
And by the way, "Peter Pan" starring Miley Cyrus and Sascha Baron Cohen.

/NBC, you're welcome.
 
2013-12-11 09:56:43 AM
(ugh. "Sacha".)
 
2013-12-11 10:18:59 AM
18.6 Million?  Every cable channel would love to have those numbers.

I hope they keep doing more just like it.

I enjoyed every bit of it, even the wooden acting, the flubbed lines, the stepped on dress, the cameras in the shot.

 LIVE Theater is awesome!
 
2013-12-11 10:23:57 AM
It helped they advertised the crap out of it.  if you watched anything on NBC it was advertised almost every break, and promoted on almost every show that could promote it
 
2013-12-11 10:38:46 AM

hubcity: And by the way, "Peter Pan" starring Miley Cyrus and Sascha Baron Cohen.

/NBC, you're welcome.


Last year's "The Voice" winner, ummmmmm, somebody or other, in "CATS."
 
2013-12-11 10:56:40 AM

EyeballKid: hubcity: And by the way, "Peter Pan" starring Miley Cyrus and Sascha Baron Cohen.

/NBC, you're welcome.

Last year's "The Voice" winner, ummmmmm, somebody or other, in "CATS."


It's the matchup football fans have been waiting for.

Faith Hillas Velma Kelly.

Carrie Underwood as Roxie Hart.

Chicago.
 
2013-12-11 10:58:18 AM

NuttierThanEver: Now to get a group of people famous enough to draw an audience but good enough actors to pull it off (think John Goodman, Kevin Spacey, Patrick Stewart etc) to do a update of Playhouse 90 or something similar live on a weekly basis


Ha ha, no.  The execs are still scared shiatless of SNL, and it goes out at 11:30 on an off-night; no war they risk live primetime TV unless Clooney demands it again.

/Why is SNL still on?  Because they're more scared of Lorne Michaels than they are of it.
 
2013-12-11 11:03:37 AM

hubcity: And by the way, "Peter Pan" starring Miley Cyrus Justin Beiber and Sascha Baron Cohen.

/NBC, you're welcome.


Miley's the wrong shape to play Peter Pan.
 
2013-12-11 11:08:56 AM

NuttierThanEver: You know what? I'm giving NBC a pass on this. If I have a choice between having them point on yet another crappy pseudo-"reality" show or more shows where performers are taking the risk of performing live without autotune? I say give me more.
Now to get a group of people famous enough to draw an audience but good enough actors to pull it off (think John Goodman, Kevin Spacey, Patrick Stewart etc) to do a update of Playhouse 90 or something similar live on a weekly basis


I'd be inclined to agree. I didn't watch it, and didn't want to, but televising something relatively risky? Not bad.
 
2013-12-11 11:24:58 AM

NuttierThanEver: You know what? I'm giving NBC a pass on this. If I have a choice between having them point on yet another crappy pseudo-"reality" show or more shows where performers are taking the risk of performing live without autotune? I say give me more.
Now to get a group of people famous enough to draw an audience but good enough actors to pull it off (think John Goodman, Kevin Spacey, Patrick Stewart etc) to do a update of Playhouse 90 or something similar live on a weekly basis


I agree completely.

I cant claim to be a huge theater fan, but if you going to do a live televised performance why not go all the way?  NBC can afford big names, those 30 Rock live shows prove it.  Bring in Mandy Patinkin or Jon Hamm, names that may help create an interest in classic theater.

If you are going to put live theater on your flagship channel during prime time and have the capital of NBC you have no excuse not to go big.

Hopefully this projects success will make them more inclined to try this in the future.
 
2013-12-11 11:26:39 AM

Dwight_Yeast: hubcity: And by the way, "Peter Pan" starring Miley Cyrus Justin Beiber and Sascha Baron Cohen.

/NBC, you're welcome.

Miley's the wrong shape to play Peter Pan.


Not really, considering her predecessors in the role are Mary Martin, Sandy Duncan and Cathy Rigby...

/it's always a female.
//why's it always a female?
///dunno, it's always a female.
////probably because for a long stage run, it's better for a woman who isn't growing to play the role than a boy who is.
//but maybe that's slash fiction.
//someone has to have made that joke before.
 
2013-12-11 11:27:48 AM
By the way, NBC/Universal apparently have a pretty significant piece of "Wicked"...
 
2013-12-11 11:33:20 AM

Donau: NuttierThanEver: You know what? I'm giving NBC a pass on this. If I have a choice between having them point on yet another crappy pseudo-"reality" show or more shows where performers are taking the risk of performing live without autotune? I say give me more.
Now to get a group of people famous enough to draw an audience but good enough actors to pull it off (think John Goodman, Kevin Spacey, Patrick Stewart etc) to do a update of Playhouse 90 or something similar live on a weekly basis

I agree completely.

I cant claim to be a huge theater fan, but if you going to do a live televised performance why not go all the way?  NBC can afford big names, those 30 Rock live shows prove it.  Bring in Mandy Patinkin or Jon Hamm, names that may help create an interest in classic theater.

If you are going to put live theater on your flagship channel during prime time and have the capital of NBC you have no excuse not to go big.

Hopefully this projects success will make them more inclined to try this in the future.


Not a chance.  This isn't about introducing the unwashed masses to musical theater, it's about achieving a cash grab by glomming onto a popstar like a lamprey.
 
2013-12-11 11:35:08 AM
NBC may try one more time to re-vamp "Smash" so that the finale can be the live production of the Marilyn Monroe musical. They could even start a tradition by having this also star a fellow karaoke game show contestant.
 
2013-12-11 12:04:47 PM

hubcity: Looks like NBC is learning what radio still has to - to stay relevant, they have to offer something that can't be delivered via bittorrented file.  Only they have the resources to bring you a big event live.

It can have its drawbacks, though... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0694650/


In what way can that live event not be torrented moments after completion? In what way could it not be packaged and sold in iTunes etc?
 
2013-12-11 12:33:52 PM

Hebalo: hubcity: Looks like NBC is learning what radio still has to - to stay relevant, they have to offer something that can't be delivered via bittorrented file.  Only they have the resources to bring you a big event live.

It can have its drawbacks, though... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0694650/

In what way can that live event not be torrented moments after completion? In what way could it not be packaged and sold in iTunes etc?


I think you answered your own question. It would not be a "live" event after it is performed live. It would be a recording of a live event.
 
2013-12-11 12:47:18 PM
And your tweets will be late. And who likes late tweets?
 
2013-12-11 12:51:19 PM

EyeballKid: hubcity: And by the way, "Peter Pan" starring Miley Cyrus and Sascha Baron Cohen.

/NBC, you're welcome.

Last year's "The Voice" winner, ummmmmm, somebody or other, in "CATS."


I'd be fine with this year's likely winner.

Jacquie Lee in a leotard? Yes, please!
 
2013-12-11 01:19:19 PM

hubcity: Dwight_Yeast: hubcity: And by the way, "Peter Pan" starring Miley Cyrus Justin Beiber and Sascha Baron Cohen.

/NBC, you're welcome.

Miley's the wrong shape to play Peter Pan.

Not really, considering her predecessors in the role are Mary Martin, Sandy Duncan and Cathy Rigby...

/it's always a female.
//why's it always a female?
///dunno, it's always a female.
////probably because for a long stage run, it's better for a woman who isn't growing to play the role than a boy who is.
//but maybe that's slash fiction.
//someone has to have made that joke before.


It's because Tinkerbell is a fairy.
 
2013-12-11 01:31:12 PM

Fano: hubcity: Dwight_Yeast: hubcity: And by the way, "Peter Pan" starring Miley Cyrus Justin Beiber and Sascha Baron Cohen.

/NBC, you're welcome.

Miley's the wrong shape to play Peter Pan.

Not really, considering her predecessors in the role are Mary Martin, Sandy Duncan and Cathy Rigby...

/it's always a female.
//why's it always a female?
///dunno, it's always a female.
////probably because for a long stage run, it's better for a woman who isn't growing to play the role than a boy who is.
//but maybe that's slash fiction.
//someone has to have made that joke before.

It's because Tinkerbell is a fairy.


Well, Tinkerbell's easy to cast in the stage version.
 
2013-12-11 01:48:07 PM

hubcity: Fano: hubcity: Dwight_Yeast: hubcity: And by the way, "Peter Pan" starring Miley Cyrus Justin Beiber and Sascha Baron Cohen.

/NBC, you're welcome.

Miley's the wrong shape to play Peter Pan.

Not really, considering her predecessors in the role are Mary Martin, Sandy Duncan and Cathy Rigby...

/it's always a female.
//why's it always a female?
///dunno, it's always a female.
////probably because for a long stage run, it's better for a woman who isn't growing to play the role than a boy who is.
//but maybe that's slash fiction.
//someone has to have made that joke before.

It's because Tinkerbell is a fairy.

Well, Tinkerbell's easy to cast in the stage version.



Nathan Lane?
 
2013-12-11 02:08:58 PM

NuttierThanEver: hubcity: Fano:

It's because Tinkerbell is a fairy.

Well, Tinkerbell's easy to cast in the stage version.

Nathan Lane?


Boy, ya know how I know nobody's seen the 1960 NBC production?
 
2013-12-11 02:17:13 PM

hubcity: NuttierThanEver: hubcity: Fano:

It's because Tinkerbell is a fairy.

Well, Tinkerbell's easy to cast in the stage version.

Nathan Lane?

Boy, ya know how I know nobody's seen the 1960 NBC production?


Yes I am aware that on stage Tink is just a flashing spot
I was making a Fairy joke about a gay man


/you must be fun at parties
 
2013-12-11 02:17:45 PM

hubcity: Boy, ya know how I know nobody's seen the 1960 NBC production?


Here's a better link - correct aspect ratio and everything...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJFtCfHDFfw
 
2013-12-11 02:18:51 PM

hubcity: Not really, considering her predecessors in the role are Mary Martin, Sandy Duncan and Cathy Rigby...

/it's always a female.
//why's it always a female?


Boyish girls; say what you want about Miley but she does have clear female secondary sex attributes; Beiber is built like a 12 year-old.

You've hit on most of the reasons; the last is that the leather flying rig is really painful for men and you have to wear it more or less the whole show.  They use a modern version in movies today, and it cuts off the circulation down there.
 
2013-12-11 02:27:06 PM

kkinnison: It helped they advertised the crap out of it.  if you watched anything on NBC it was advertised almost every break, and promoted on almost every show that could promote it


We watch chows on NBC, and I hadn't heard about it until the next day... We're a few weeks behind, were they only advertising it recently?

Also, despite the biatching about the show, isn't 18.6 million a pretty good share?
 
2013-12-11 02:27:34 PM

NuttierThanEver: hubcity: NuttierThanEver: hubcity: Fano:

It's because Tinkerbell is a fairy.

Well, Tinkerbell's easy to cast in the stage version.

Nathan Lane?

Boy, ya know how I know nobody's seen the 1960 NBC production?

Yes I am aware that on stage Tink is just a flashing spot
I was making a Fairy joke about a gay man

/you must be fun at parties


No, just a bit slow on the uptake. Hey, there was an NBC production in 1976, too, but while Danny Kaye makes a good Hook, Mia Farrow as Peter seems a bit...weird.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubivbpIkk-g
 
2013-12-11 02:28:46 PM
 
2013-12-11 03:21:11 PM

hubcity: And your tweets will be late. And who likes late tweets?


"Okay.  The Sound of Music is coming out now..."
 
2013-12-11 04:53:01 PM
At least 16 million of those "viewers" tuned in just to watch the train fall off the tracks.

/not that the advertisers give a shiat
 
2013-12-11 08:53:13 PM

   kelsey grammer



H.M.S. Pinafore
 
2013-12-11 11:16:00 PM
It would be nice to see a play or opera from colleges and universities every week.  See these folks before they get up into the pro ranks and probably some dang good productions.  Come on networks.  There is some cheap but entertaining programming. Your only costs are setup crews and coordination and maybe a nice donation to the school.
 
2013-12-12 01:07:06 AM
My old-show suggestion: Do "The King & I"

My new-show suggestion: Do "Rent"

I know there are artistically better choices, but I'm thinking of name-brand draw.
 
2013-12-12 07:23:31 AM

Stile4aly: Not a chance.  This isn't about introducing the unwashed masses to musical theater, it's about achieving a cash grab by glomming onto a popstar like a lamprey.


It doesn't matter, as that's not the effect it had. The consensus from the unwashed and the washed was "hey, this beats the fark outta reality show crap".
 
2013-12-12 08:25:35 AM
Hayden Paniwhatever might make a good Peter Pan. She's small and relatively flat chested, she can sing and her acting is getting better and better.
 
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