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'The Sound of Music Live !," NBC's unexpected little stocking stuffer to itself, will get a curtain call on Saturday, from 8 to 11 p.m.
Last Thursday's three-hour telecast was watched by 18.6 million viewers who marveled at Carrie Underwood's thespian skills, but that number grew to 21.3 million when NBC factored in the so-called live-plus-three figure, which included those who watched via DVR. So the news gets better for the network. NBC had planned to air "It's a Wonderful Life," but that will now be telecast on Friday, Dec. 20.
NBC told its favorite newspaper this afternoon that another musical will be mounted next year at this time, following the huge success of last Thursday's breakout live production of "The Sound of Music.'
So what next? If you head here, the network's understandably very happy top entertainment executive, Robert Greenblatt, says lots of ideas are under consideration. But if you stay here,...Read more »
"Saturday Night Live" would have been cr-raazy not to revisit in some form Thursday's stunning ratings success of "The Sound of Music," which appeared on the very same network, even cr-raazzzier not to deploy some classic characters from "SNL" past.
It did all that — and more — in the first six minutes of last night's Paul Rudd-hosted edition. Watch this and you will be a) Offended. b) Amused, and will even laugh. c) Offended, be amused, and will laugh. (Trifecta!)
Clearly this all came together long ago — not some quick hash-out on Friday before the show. Or maybe not. Maybe this all did come together in 24 hours. No reason why not. See if you can guess who plays who — two Long Islanders, as well. (Give up? Kate McKinnon, as Maria; Kristen Wiig, as Denise von Trapp), and Fred Armisen as Lawrence Welk.
Mobile users can see the video here: http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/