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Why NBC should do 'Cinderella' -- starring Beyonce! -- as next live musical

With the huge ratings success of The Sound of Music Live! (18.6 million viewers tuned in for the three-hour broadcast last week), it’s no surprise NBC has announced plans to do it all again. Next holiday season, NBC will once again stage a live musical. In an interview with The New York Times, NBC President Robert Greenblatt said the only requirements were that the musical would need to be family-friendly and have lots of recognizable songs.

While there are plenty of beloved musicals to choose from (Laura Benanti told EW her pick is White Christmas with her, Audra McDonald, Stephen Moyer, and Christian Borle), my personal pick is just a bit more, well, magical: Next year, I want NBC to stage a live production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella with Beyoncé as the Fairy Godmother.
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Carrie Underwood responds to 'Sound of Music Live!' backlash, in the biblical sense

You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country-grown morality out of the girl…or something like that.

Carrie Underwood was well aware of the risk she was taking by stepping into the habit most famously worn by Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music Live!, so we thought she might just stay mum on the various opinions thrown her way.

Some critiques were fun:
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TV Recap: 'The Sound of Music,' 'Glee,' and 'Scandal' -- VIDEO

Did you miss Thursday night’s Sound of Music or the new episodes of Glee or Scandal? Catch up with our TV recap below! READ FULL STORY

Join us for a 'Sound of Music' live blog!

UPDATE: The live blog is on! Join us here.

High on a hill was a blog quite live… or something like that.

You may have heard Carrie Underwood will be portraying Maria von Trapp in NBC’s live production of The Sound of Music, airing tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

The show will follow the Broadway version of the musical, which predates Julie Andrews’ slightly different, iconic movie. About the inevitable comparisons to the film, Underwood told EW, “You do have the movie and then you have the music, and the music even transcends the movie. Everybody’s seen the movie, and the music goes even farther than that.”
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'The Sound of Music': We rank every song

With a few exceptions, there are no bad songs in The Sound of Music. (Which exceptions? We’ll get to that.) But even though this musical contains what might be Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s most consistently hummable score, every number in it isn’t created equal.

So on the eve of NBC’s big live production — which airs Thursday at 8 p.m. ET — EW has taken the liberty of ranking every song that’s ever appeared in Music, including both the original Broadway production and the movie. We’re not talking about specific performances; we’re talking about the tunes themselves, and how they stack up when pitted against their musical brethren.

How did your most beloved tunes — your favorite things, if you will — fare? Finding out is much easier than making a romper out of a pair of curtains:
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PopWatch Planner: 'The Walking Dead,' 'Out of the Furnace,' 'The Sound of Music Live!' and more

What’s worthy of PopWatching this week? The first week of December means holiday programming is in full cheery swing with an SNL special, a CMA caroling fest, and a Sound of Music live reboot. But it’s still early, so don’t let the Christmas fever get out of hand. Casey Affleck fights to the bone in Out of the Furnace, in theaters this Friday. And you’ve got zombies to deal with in the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead tonight.

All times listed are Eastern.

SUNDAY 12/01

The Walking Dead, 9 p.m.,  AMC mid-season finale

Will slow and steady win the zombie race for TWD‘s mid-season finale? Will a Governor/Rick prison face-off give fans a thrilling (albeit familiar) end? Be sure to catch up on all of this season’s slow-growing action with Maricela Gonzalez’ recaps.

MONDAY 12/02

CMA Country Christmas, 9 p.m., ABC

Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles hosts this holiday special featuring country stars performing treasured Christmas tunes. The lineup includes Sheryl Crow, Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, and more.

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