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    NBC Plans Live ‘Peter Pan’ for Next Holiday Season


    By BILL CARTERJAN. 19, 2014


    PASADENA, Calif. — NBC will go back into its past for its next attempt at live musical theater on television, bringing back the classic “Peter Pan” for a holiday season viewing next Dec. 4.

    The network is following up the enormous success it had this past December with “The Sound of Music,” which drew an audience of more than 18 million people and prompted NBC to quickly announce its intention to make live theater an annual event. Looking for a property that would fill its main requirements — familiarity and appeal to the whole family — “Peter Pan” was a logical choice.

    “Peter Pan” also evokes the early days of both the television industry and NBC. Mary Martin starred in a much-beloved live production on NBC in 1955. (NBC also mounted versions in 1956 and 1960.)

    Robert Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC Entertainment, who has been an ardent advocate of bringing Broadway to network television, announced the new production here Sunday at a session with reporters covering the television business.

    He said a cast for the production would be announced later, but he acknowledged he did have a “dream choice” he did not want to name until the person was contacted.

    The same team, led by the experienced producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, will be in charge of the show.

    Mr. Greenblatt also made several other announcements, including the guest list for the final show of Jay Leno’s tenure as host of the “Tonight” show on Feb. 6. Billy Crystal, who was Mr. Leno’s first guest on his first show in 1992, will return, joined by Garth Brooks.

    In the final weeks the guests will include Betty White on Feb. 3, Matthew McConaughey on Feb. 4 and Sandra Bullock on Feb. 5. In an interesting move, Jimmy Fallon, Mr. Leno’s successor, will also be a guest on Feb. 3, when Mr. Leno will symbolically “pass the baton,” as Mr. Greenblatt put it.

    When Mr. Leno took over from Johnny Carson in 1992, his producer wanted Mr. Carson to hand off a microphone to Mr. Leno in a kind of symbolic passing of the torch, but Mr. Carson wanted no part of it. Mr. Leno did not appear in any of the final weeks of Mr. Carson’s “Tonight” show, so Mr. Fallon’s visit will be a clear contrast to that more contentious transition.

    Mr. Greenblatt praised Mr. Leno’s contributions to the network and said he was very interested in finding a way to continue the star’s relationship with NBC. He mentioned ideas like specials, something Mr. Leno has not shown much interest in previously.

    There have been no discussions yet about any future deals with the network, Mr. Greenblatt said, which has been Mr. Leno’s choice. Mr. Leno’s current contract with NBC, however, will keep him from signing somewhere else for a short time, Mr. Greenblatt said.

    The network has performed well this fall, Mr. Greenblatt said, though he acknowledged an overall problem with comedy, especially on Thursday night. The two comedies the network had highest hopes for, new entries starring Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes, have barely registered in the ratings. Mr. Greenblatt did not seem to hold out much hope for either.

    He did, however, commit to extending another NBC comedy, “Parks and Recreation.” After equivocating about his plans for a bit, he said: “We’ll go out on a limb. ‘Parks and Rec’ will have a seventh season.”

    One reason is that NBC has made a three-year deal with that show’s star, Amy Poehler, to develop shows for the network.

    Mr. Greenblatt also gave some hope to fans of the comedy “Community,” saying there was now a possibility it would be back next season.

    But another potential solution to the Thursday night ratings woes for NBC has nothing to do with comedy. Though he said he could not comment directly, Mr. Greenblatt indicated that NBC was clearly interested in the new package of Thursday night games the National Football League is offering to networks.

    “We love the N.F.L.,” Mr. Greenblatt said — and of course, “Sunday Night Football” is by far the biggest prime-time attraction on the network. “We’d love to have more games,” he said.

    A decision is expected soon, he said.
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    This totally makes me think of the 'live' A Christmas Carol in the movie Scrooged. Bring on the mice with stapled antlers!

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    Fine by me - something you can watch with all ages and not be mortified. My super cool 17 year old son even watched Sound of Music with my mother and me. He rolled his eyes a few times but stayed for the whole thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs P View Post
    This totally makes me think of the 'live' A Christmas Carol in the movie Scrooged. Bring on the mice with stapled antlers!
    Yule love it!

    Seriously, though, I'd much rather watch a live version of "A Christmas Carol" at the holidays than "Peter Pan" - a story I've never cared for, anyway.
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    Allison Williams Cast as Peter Pan in NBC's Live Musical



    Allison Williams
    ' parents couldn't be prouder that their daughter is going to play Peter Panin NBC's live musical.

    And on Wednesday's NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams actually got to announce his 26-year-old daughter's casting in the iconic role.
    "Just today NBC announced Allison Williams will play the role of Peter Pan," he said, very straightforward and to the point. "The actress and singer is currently in the cast of Girls on HBO..."
    Then, dad got a little personal with the exciting news, saying, "Family members confirm she's been rehearsing for this role since the age of 3, and they look forward to seeing her fly."

    As Brian said this, an adorable childhood photo of Allison dressed as Peter Pan came on the screen. Earlier in the day, she Instagrammed the same sweet snap, saying, "I've been rehearsing for a REALLY long time."
    In a statement, Allison gushed that playing this character "is a dream come true," saying, "It's such an honor to be a part of this adventure, and I'm very excited to get to work with this extraordinarily talented team. And besides, what could go wrong in a live televised production with simultaneous flying, sword fighting and singing?"

    "We couldn't be happier that Allison Williams is our Peter Pan," NBC executive Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. "She's a lovely rising star on the award-winning show Girls—where she occasionally shows off her incredible vocal talent—and we think she will bring the perfect blend of ‘boyish' vulnerability and bravado to save the day against Christopher Walken's powerful Captain Hook."
    Peter Pan Live! comes to NBC on Dec. 4.
    (E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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    Here she is singing the theme song to Mad Men. She has a nice voice but I thought it would be stronger for them to choose her for a musical. Personally I would have preferred Sutton Foster or Kristin Bell if she wanted to do it but hopefully Allison will do well, I love Peter Pan and want it to be really special.



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    Here she is at 3 dressed as Peter Pan, I guess it's a dream come true for her!

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    This is going to be fun watching while bladdered!

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