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'The Sound of Music' remake: Say it ain't so

December 5, 2013


Dec. 05--One of my fondest memories from last Christmas was a very simple one: Staying up late the night before Christmas Eve, making Santa-hat-shaped cake pops while watching "The Sound of Music."

It's one of my all-time favorite movies, and Christopher Plummer's Captain Von Trapp remains one of the dreamiest cinematic characters of all time.

So when you tell me that Bill Compton from "True Blood" (a.k.a. actor Stephen Moyer) is going to star in a live televised stage version of the musical opposite Carrie Underwood -- airing this Thursday on NBC -- forgive me if I forget to swoon.

No good can come from this, and I can't, for the life of me, understand why anyone would sign on for it.

No disrespect to Underwood, one of my favorite country stars, but she's an inexperienced actress about to appear in something that's airing live. This isn't a concert or a country music award show hosting gig (which she's shown herself to be quite capable of handling, alongside partner in crime Brad Paisley, over the years at the CMAs).

For his part, Moyer will probably be using his native English accent (because, to Hollywood, most Europeans sound British, after all), and not the dreadful faux Southern one he employs on "True Blood," so there's that.

Maybe I'm just being a Grinch, but I cannot get on board with this. It has disaster written all over it.


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