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Tulsa World, Okla., Weekend TV column

December 5, 2013

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Dec. 05--THURSDAY -- NBC

Carrie set for showtime in 'Sound of Music Live'

Carrie Underwood breaks out of her country music genre to star in "The Sound of Music Live!" Thursday on NBC.

The Checotah native and six-time Grammy winner stars as wanna-be nun and governess Maria with British "True Blood" star Stephen Moyer as Capt. Georg von Trapp in this reimagining of the 1959 Broadway production. It is not intended to be a remake of the musical starring Julie Andrews as Maria, and it is a three-hour live production -- something many might find intimidating, but not Underwood. She performs live all over the world and considers it "exciting."

"Carrie is one of the bravest artists we've ever worked with," said co-producer Neil Meron. Although she's never had a major acting role, she arrived two weeks before the production's six-week rehearsal began with her lines fully memorized, he added. The special airs 7-10 p.m. Thursday on NBC, channel 2, cable 9.

FRIDAY: SHOWTIME

'Time of Death'

Showtime's documentary series continues talking about that which we don't talk about -- death and dying. In "Time of Death," airing at 8 p.m. Friday on cable 350, families talk about that period of time after someone has been told their life is going to end. Its message: Make the best of all the moments in your life. For more, go to bit.ly/deathshowtime

FRIDAY: CBS

Concert of Grammy nominees

Grammy winner Drake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke and four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban will be among the performers on "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!" airing at 9 p.m. Friday on CBS, channel 6. A two-time Grammy winner and star of CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles," LL Cool J will be back as host for the sixth time the nominations have been announced in primetime. The awards will be presented Jan. 6 on CBS.

SATURDAY: EPIX

'The Truth About Love'

P!nk tells the truth about love at 7 p.m. Saturday on EPIX, cable 211, or on EpixHD.com

The 110-minute concert special, "The Truth About Love Tour," pulls from her seven albums and was filmed during the Australian leg of the international tour. It features some of her biggest hits including "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)," "Try," "Raise Your Glass" and "So What" and her recent single, "Just Give Me A Reason" featuring Nate Ruess.

SUNDAY: PBS

'Downton Abbey' season three

PBS is getting fans of its hugely popular British drama series geared up for the new season starting Jan. 5. It's repeating season three starting at 7 p.m. Sunday with two episodes on channel 11. This season, the war is coming to an end, social change is rampant and personal crises abound both above and below stairs.

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