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    Default NBC banks on “Sound of Music Live” broadcast Dec. 5

    From The Denver Post:

    The live three-hour broadcast of “The Sound of Music” on NBC Dec. 5 will cost some $9 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But the price tag is mostly irrelevant since the show is in line with the network’s stated intention to “eventize” — horrible word — more TV.
    That is, by making an “event” out of the telecast, NBC hopes to draw more eyeballs to the screen in real time, which is still broadcasting’s unique ability. Walmart is the exclusive sponsor (another way to sell the show as an “event”). And with a huge promotional blitz accompanied by DVD and music sales, plus planned repeat broadcasts, NBC aims not only to make its money back, but to create an enduring show that will keep giving to the bottom line for years.
    With Carrie Underwood as Maria, “True Blood’s” Stephen Moyer as Capt. Von Trapp, Broadway heavyweight Audra Mcdonald as the Mother Abbess and Christian Borle (“Smash”) as Max, and with Broadway adaptation masters Neil Meron and Craig Zadan (“Hairspray,” “Chicago”) as producers, the show has the potential to become not just a hit but, NBC hopes, a holiday perennial. Right up there with Rudolph.
    The NBC version is based on the original 1959 Broadway play that starred Mary Martin, not the 1965 movie with Julie Andrews. The darker themes of prejudice and the political vibe of the Nazis taking over Austria beam through more than in the movie.
    A note on what “live” really means: the acting and singing will be live but the orchestra is pre-recorded, so the actors sing to a track. Also, the show will be delayed an hour for this time zone, so it will be “live to tape,” from 7-10 p.m., on KUSA in Denver. (It’s airing 8-11 p.m. ET).


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    Figures, delay for 1 hr, and tapped. So live doesn' really mean everything is LIVE! If it was they would have the orchestra there playing live instead of being pre-recorded.
    I hope for NBC's sake that this pays off! No one has ever tried to pull this off in the history of NBC before!
    This post came from Radiodude!

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    It's post-mortem time. That's too harsh a phrase really. Carrie Underwood can't act, but she did a very good job singing. Interesting to see how the original stage production was presented, and how many changes were made in the movie version.

    My biggest criticism was the audio. The orchestra was pre-recorded, and I can understand why that might have been done in a logistical sense, but since they chose not to use the in-ear monitors for the performers, the audio sounded mediocre. They probably had some pretty impressive sound reinforcement for the orchestra tracks to make it sound as good as it did. It still fell flat.

    This version should not be aired again, because of the poor audio quality. I hope NBC tries again, next time either with a live orchestra or with the in-ear monitors. The sets, props all could be re-used. Even keep the cast intact. The audio has to sound as good as the production looked.

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    Default 'Sound Of Music' A Ratings Winner For NBC, Underwood

    From All Access:

    CARRIE UNDERWOOD and fellow cast members of NBC-TV’s “THE SOUND OF MUSIC” powered the network to first place LAST NIGHT (12/5), earning a 4.6 rating/13 share among adults 18-49 and drawing 18.5 million viewers.
    According to, the live spin of this classic gave NBC its best non-sports programming showing since the series finale of “ER” in APRIL, 2009.


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    Default All Access - NBC To Replay Carrie Underwood's 'The Sound Of Music Live!'

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    NBC has announced that it will replay "THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE!," the special starring CARRIE UNDERWOOD, on SATURDAY night (12/14). The DECEMBER 5th broadcast of the musical featuring the six-time GRAMMY winning Country star was a major ratings success, reaching a C3 audience of 21.3 million viewers and ranking number one in all 56 NIELSEN-metered markets.
    The show will be released on DVD on DECEMBER 17th, and SONY MASTERWORKS has released a studio soundtrack featuring the TV cast.




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