NBC just announced its next big live musical event: Peter Pan. “Get ready for flying children and some kind of state-of-the-art light technology for Tinkerbell,” said Robert Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman.
The broadcaster reveal the decision at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena on Sunday. Earlier this season NBC had a stunning success with its telecast of The Sound of Music Live. The three-hour musical delivered 18.6 million viewers and a 4.6 rating during its first airing, despite star Carrie Underwood drawing some fire for her performance. Who should play Peter, do you think?
The network also announced two limited series projects:
– Emerald City, a 10-epsiode Oz tale described as a modern “thrilling, more epic version” of L. Frank Baum’s tale that drops a heroine into a place “that’s definitely not her grandmother’s Oz,” with “a lot of new characters.”
– The Slap, an eight-hour miniseries described as a “big drama about a family is torn apart when a child is slapped at a BBQ … this incident devolves all the way into an ugly court case.” The project is written by Jon Robin Baitz (Brothers & Sisters).
But will they cast a woman as Peter?