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NBC Planning Another Live Musical Production, We Request Bye Bye Birdie
Whether or not you liked The Sound of Music Live!, there’s no arguing that the musical’s live broadcast was a ratings hit for NBC. With more than 18 million viewers tuning in to watch the three-hour live telecast, it’s no surprise that NBC would want to do it again next year. In fact, we speculated as much when we shared the ratings news last week, and NBC’s Robert Greenblatt has since confirmed that the network is planning another live production for next year’s holiday season. I want it to be Bye Bye Birdie, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
The Sing-Off Highlights: Fun. Medley, What Makes You Beautiful And More
The Sing-Off is back! It only took a few notes from the start of the opening number — a Fun. medley performed by all of the competing a cappella groups — to remind me why I love this series. There’s nothing quite like the sound of great voices coming together for a good song. Unaccompanied by any other instruments, a cappella really has a way of making an overplayed song sound brand new.
Community Season 5 Trailer Teases Jeff's Return
Community Season 5 spoilers ahead! The new trailer for the anticipated fifth season of Community plays like a movie trailer, complete with a sad look at Joel McHale’s Jeff Winger losing it all, as movie people tend to do, before he becomes the center of a Scrubs-like overhaul on the series — this, according to Abed’s description — and returns to Greendale to educate. The student becomes the teacher.
First Image From Late Night With Seth Meyers Reveals Premiere Date
We’ve known for quite some time that Seth Meyers is transitioning from SNL into late night talk with a brand new program at NBC. That program will roll with the apt name Late Night With Seth Meyers, and now we’ve gotten the first promotional image from the talk series.
Paul Rudd's Saturday Night Live Highlights Include Anchorman 2 Cameos And Bill Brasky
Paul Rudd hosted Saturday Night Live for the third time, and given the episode’s proximity to the arrival of the Anchorman sequel in theaters, it wasn’t entirely a shock that there were some great celebrity appearances in the episode, as Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and David Koechner stopped by for a little “Afternoon Delight” with Rudd and One Direction. The song, that is. Just to be clear. And they reappeared (minus Carell) later to revive the “Bill Brasky" sketch.
The Sound Of Music Live Broadcast Scores Big Ratings For NBC
The Sound of Music Live is a hit! NBC’s live broadcast of the musical production may have had its issues, but ratings wasn’t one of them. The early numbers are in and it’s looking like The Sound of Music Live! came in far above CBS’ ratings in terms of primetime average. It also did particularly well in Oklahoma, with Oklahoma City winning out as the top metered market.
Watch Audra McDonald's Outstanding Performance Of The Sound Of Music's Climb Every Mountain
Those who tuned into NBC’s broadcast of Christmas in Rockefeller Center last night got a sample of the outstanding talent of one of the stars from tonight’s The Sound of Music Live! event that’s set to air on NBC at 8:00 p.m. EST. In the above video, Audra McDonald, who plays the wise Mother Abbess in the production, belts out a pretty amazing version of “Climb Every Mountain,” reminding us that she’s not only an actor, but a classically trained musician.
Community Season 5 Teaser Shows Greendale Pride
Because it’s not set to return until 2014, Community’s fifth season premiere seems like it’s much further away than it actually is. In truth, January 2 is less than a month away, which puts us in the weeks-to-go part of the countdown to the return of Greendale. The above teaser tells us as much, as it indicates that NBC’s ready to start reminding people that school is almost back in session!
Paul Rudd's Saturday Night Live Promos Teach Us The Art of Fangirling
Saturday Night Live has tapped Paul Rudd to host its December 7th show with cherubic British wunderbabies, One Direction. Yes, OMG! One Direction! Ahhhhhh! (Breathe, just try to breathe, tweens. It'll be OK.) The NBC comedy series — no doubt hoping to get a piece of the Anchorman 2 media blitz pie — have brought Rudd back for his third turn at hosting. And if these wee clips are any indication, the show's going to be good. Or in the very least, incredibly loud.
The Blacklist Renewed For Season 2, First Season Will Resume In January
Why wait for Spring when you know you have a good thing? Rhyme unintentional. The point is, The Blacklist is a hit, and sure, NBC could wait until the warmer weather to formerly renew the series for a second season, but it looks like they’ve decided to shine that green light sooner rather than later, as the Peacock announced the series’ official renewal today.
Eliot Ness' Final Case Getting An NBC Miniseries From The Sound Of Music Producers
Their next effort is adapting the beloved The Sound of Music into a live stage musical for NBC, but their future plans will trade off on catchy tunes for one of the most brutal killers in American history. The duo will be working with Storyline producer Mark Nicholson and Sony Pictures TV in developing Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness, an adaptation of the true crime novel written by William Bernhardt.
The Sing-Off: Watch This Great A Cappella Cover Of One Direction's 'What Makes You Beautiful'
One of things I love about a cappella music is the way it can make an overplayed pop song seem brand new again. The new preview for the new season of The Sing-Off is a prime example of that, as it shows competing group Street Corner Renaissance singing One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.” To hear these guys sing the pop song, it’s as if it’s been around for decades. The a cappella spin on One Direction’s hit demonstrates the timelessness of the tune.
The Making Of The Sound Of Music Live: Watch NBC's Full Special Here
NBC celebrated Thanksgiving Eve by airing The Making Of The Sound of Music Live!, a special that looks behind the scenes at the preparation for the upcoming live broadcast of the beloved stage musical. NBC has since made the special available online, and you can watch it above in its entirety.
The Sound Of Music Live Could Be The TV Event Of The Year
There’s obviously a lot to like about holiday TV traditions, but it’s kind of nice to change things up on occasion, and NBC has gotten really innovative with the Sound of Music Live this year, a treat which may very well end up among this year’s best TV premises.
Carrie Underwood And Stephen Moyer Duet In New Sound Of Music Live Promo
Those who are eagerly anticipating next week’s live broadcast of The Sound of Music on NBC might want to tune into the Peacock tonight, as the network is set to give us a behind-the-scenes look at the production, which stars Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer as Maria and Captain von Trapp respectively. NBC’s already given us numerous looks at the rehearsals for the production, including the one above, which plays special emphasis on the music.
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