Thanks a lot, Carrie Underwood. Spurred by high ratings and lots of social media hooplah of its live musical pilot project, last week's 'Sound of Music,' NBC has decided to go ahead and make it an annual thing.
Despite the backlash of Underwood's performance (which, she apparently spent 10 months preparing for) and the show's technical glitches, critics, for the most part, cut the production some slack since it was, you know, live and everything, and a family-friendly alternative that's not really done on network TV nowadays.
And whether or not people were tuning in because of their love for the original musical, the Julie Andrews flick, or to be just a snarky troll, the eyeballs were definitely there. NBC had 18.6 million viewers for the three-hour telecast, giving the peacock network its highest ratings since the finale of ER(!). So, it's pretty much a no-brainer why its so eager to give another beloved musical the live treatment next Christmas.
Though NBC has yet to choose their next musical, Robert Greenblatt, NBC's chairman of entertainment, told The New York Times that they're in talks with many different musical rights holders.
"All weekend, people have been calling us and emailing us," Greenblatt told the paper. "Rights holders of musicals have said, 'Please do one of our shows.' We're excited to try it again."
May I suggest 'Cats'? People don't really like that musical much anyway.