9 items from 2015
NBC's "Peter Pan Live!" may not have been a smash, but Fox's previously announced "Grease: Live" is still moving forward with both a premiere date and pair of female leads. Fox announced on Saturday (January 17) that Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens will take key roles in "Grease: Live," which will be based on both the original musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, but also the 1978 feature adaptation. "Grease: Live" will air on Fox on Sunday, January 31, 2016. So yes, that's a long time for Hough, Hudgens and the yet-to-be-announced castmembers to get prepared. Blurbs executive producer Marc Platt, "'Grease' is one of the most treasured and favored pop culture phenomenons of our time. It's fun, it's endearing and we are so excited to reimagine this iconic story with a shared entertainment event suited for today's audience." Hough will play the lead role of Sandy, virginal new girl at Rydell High. »
- Daniel Fienberg
NBC had huge success with "The Sound of Music Live" two years ago, pulling 18.5 million viewers for the one-off event. Yet while many know "The Sound of Music" off by heart, inexplicably the network chose the far less popular or even known stage musical version of "Peter Pan" for a follow-up.
Understandably, the ratings fell with just 9.1 million viewers tuning in for that broadcast. At the TCA Winter Tour presentation this week, NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt put the blame for the failure on the lack of star power and the lack of awareness of "Peter Pan" as a stage musical. They also suggested either "The Wiz" or "The Music Man" for their next attempt.
If there's one musical movie as ubiquitous and well-known as "The Sound of Music" though, it's "Grease" and Fox announced plans today for a live television production of "Grease: The Musical". The broadcast plans to »
- Garth Franklin
Just a day after NBC announced that the network's next live musical will either be The Music Man or The Wiz, Fox revealed at their Television Critics Association panel Saturday that they too will enter the live musical arena in January 2016 with a "re-imagining" of the Fifties' rock n' roll musical Grease.
Julianne Hough will fill the Olivia Newton-John role of Sandy in what executive producer Marc Platt called "a shared entertainment event suited for today's audience," while Vanessa Hudgens will don the character Rizzo's Pink Ladies jacket, Entertainment Weekly reports. »
In case you haven’t noticed, NBC has gone back to the “Golden Age of Television” - a period during the 1950’s - with live TV versions of popular Broadway musicals. First there was "The Sound of Music," and, more recently, "Peter Pan" with Christopher Walken as Captain Hook. Though both programs were derided, especially "Peter Pan" (which, from the brutal reviews, sounded like the unintentional laugh riot of the year – too bad I missed it), both did very well for NBC. So why not keep doing them? Originally, the network announced that their next live TV Broadway musical extravaganza was going to be "The Music Man," but NBC »
Suddenly, Stevie Wonder has become a hot commodity on primetime television. With CBS planning to air its Wonder tribute Songs in the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute on February 16th, NBC Entertainment president Robert Greenblatt revealed the network's own plans for a project spearheaded by Wonder: A miniseries and Broadway musical based on the Underground Railroad.
As of now, Wonder has only signed on to executive produce the miniseries and musical, tentatively titled Freedom Run, but Greenblatt told the Television Critics Association panel he was hopeful that the »
The crowd laughed about the failed projects that topped off a past TCA session. He added, “Last year?”
See photos: The Scene at TCA: Funny, Frank and Flippant Quotes From the 2015 TV Press Tour
When asked whether the network will never go into business with Cosby, 77, again, Greenblatt curtly answered, “Yes, I think that’s safe to say. »
- Jethro Nededog
The Music Man might be about to ease on down the road — and right off NBC’s 2015 roster.
“Music Man is something we have optioned the rights to, and we’re looking very seriously at some casting options, but we’ve also optioned the rights to The Wiz,” NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt noted Friday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “That could be what we do instead.”
Last May, NBC »
NBC's entertainment chairman revealed the network's next musical—sort of. Robert Greenblatt said 1957's The Music Man will be the network's live musical this year. Or it will be the 1975 The Wizard of Oz update The Wiz. One of those. NBC has optioned the rights to both and is considering casting options on Music Man. The network had a huge surprise hit with its first musical, The Sound of Music Live in 2013, then had a disappointment with December's Peter Pan Live. Which do you think the network should chose? »
- James Hibberd
Even though "Bad Judge" and "A to Z" flopped, "State of Affairs" and "Marry Me" are basically doomed, "The Voice" is down, "Peter Pan Live!" fizzled, "Constantine" will be done after 13 episodes and "Mysteries of Laura" is attracting mostly older viewers, it still wasn't a bad fall for NBC. Certainly NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt is likely to look on the bright side at Friday (January 16) morning's Television Critics Association press tour panel with NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke and Late-Night and Alternative President Paul Telegdy. Click through and follow along... 8:15 a.m. Pt. Paul Telegdy appears to be a late scratch, so it'll be Greenblatt & Salke alone... 8:53 a.m. Panel time! Robert Greenblatt takes the stage first to give us our talking points. He notes that the network "held back" many of its top dramas for midseason, so he's excited to share some of them with us. »
- Daniel Fienberg
9 items from 2015
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