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The Fayetteville Observer, N.C., TV Diva column

December 5, 2013



So, I have mixed feelings about this. I commend NBC for trying something so bold -- a live Broadway-esque musical on live television. This isn't "Saturday Night Live" or an awards show, where a live flub might be accepted. With the caliber of the cast here, there won't be room for such mistakes. Indeed, the production boasts a mix of veteran theater and TV actors -- "True Blood" star Stephen Moyer as Capt. Georg von Trapp and Tony Award winners Audra McDonald (Mother Abbess), Laura Benanti (Elsa Schrader) and Christian Borle (Max Dettweiler). And then there's the star, Carrie Underwood, who is pretty accustomed to live television. I know the production is based on the original 1959 Broadway production of "The Sound of Music," but the comparisons to the film are inevitable. Everyone knows and loves the Julie Andrews version, and the casting of Underwood just doesn't seem to fit the essence of the character of Maria. I've got nothing against Underwood's talent as a singer. My hope is that she'll shed her perfectly polished country star persona for the more humble ways of Maria, who, you know, started out as a nun. I'll still be tuning in, despite my reservations, namely to support the experiment of the live musical. 8 p.m. NBC


As part of the requisite corporate synergy amongst CBS productions, a CBS sitcom has to invite a Victoria's Secret supermodel to the show as a way to promote the upcoming Victoria's Secret fashion show. (By the way, it's on Tuesday. Now you know.) I'm sure this forced corporate cross-promoting with supermodel Adriana Lima as a guest star will really cramp Robin Williams' style. 9 p.m. CBS


Models also make an appearance in this episode, as Walden goes on a date with a clumsy glamazon. Whether she's a Victoria's Secret model remains to be seen. In Alan's world, he goes on a date with a woman who gets a bit more personal than he expects her to. 9:30 p.m. CBS


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