'Sound of Music' alive for 18.5 million viewers

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  • wilson-kelly Vale, OR
    Dec. 8, 2013 11:14 a.m.

    A MUCH needed family entertainment!
    It is painfully obvious, Hollywood died years back as far as creative genius and talent, imo.
    But maybe if they aren't entirely brain dead, they will take note of how to capture an audience.
    And it wasn't with intelligence insulting scripts, bad jokes, violence and lots of skin.
    This is the first show/production I have watched on a main stream channel in several years.
    We could only hope this would be inspirational to someone somewhere.

  • karenk Dallas, TX
    Dec. 7, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    Having said what I said (and I stand by it) I do agree with Rustymommy that we need more family entertainment. Everyone I know was glued as a family to The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, Bonanza, etc. OK that dates me but we all watched Touched by An Angel too and many others. We need more TV that families can enjoy with each other, without having to explain something that was shown that shouldn't have been included or put your hand over a child's eyes or ears. We need entertainment. We need Carol Burnett, the old style cartoons that weren't linked to product sales, etc. Where are they?

  • mhilton Lancaster, CA
    Dec. 7, 2013 6:04 p.m.

    The actor who played Max did an excellent job! While I saw some shortfalls, such as Ms. Underwood's acting, her body type in some of those outfits, the age of the Captain (far too young IMHO) and some of the singing was off, it was delightful to watch. Definitelly better than some of the sitcoms. I loved the scene in the bedroom when the kids were singing from under the bed. Adorable! I'd give it a 6 or 7/10, or a 3/5. Definitely room for improvement but a delightful, fun, family show. What more could one ask for?

  • TimBehrend Auckland NZ, 00
    Dec. 7, 2013 3:49 p.m.

    Huge outpouring of praise here for such a universally decried mediocre performance. Standards of acting and performance play second fiddle for many posters. They have a sort of PC attitude that says if it's childish it's wonderful, dad gummit. Give me Gordon Ramsay any day and the shambling corpses of the Walking Dead.

  • karenk Dallas, TX
    Dec. 7, 2013 9:41 a.m.

    I watched it to the end because I love the Sound of Music and I couldn't reach the control for the TV with 2 cats on my lap! The acting was terrible... for all the characters. People were to busy trying to enunciate the words completely and hit the right notes. They should have hired some people who could act as well. The only actor was the man who played Max (sorry I can't ever remember his name but he was on Smash.) Very disheartening because I expected more with all the hype and the legacy.

    Good try but wasted time. And I'm sorry. High hopes but didn't match the hype.

  • JGug1 Mission, KS
    Dec. 7, 2013 9:34 a.m.

    Out of deference to my wife, I watched a little of it. I have RARELY seen anything so stupid. The Nazi Gestapo guy looked like a caricature of Bozo the Clown with his yellow tie and a suit that did little to remind of the horror of the Nazis. What the HECK was that with a Black Mother Superior. Give me a break. There probably wasn't a single Black in Austria in the day (I'm exaggerating). The Capitan looked totally un-military in his bearing and the mother looked like a dork in her silly outfit. The songs couldn't make up for it.....My wife, an English professor, agreed....it was a waste.

  • Rustymommy Clovis, NM
    Dec. 7, 2013 9:31 a.m.

    Even a poor performance of something worth watching is better than a great performance of trash. Congrats to NBC for their willingness to take a risk to provide us with something clean and wholesome, even if not perfect in quality. For the record, I would like to see the whole thing done again "not live" so that some of the kinks could be worked out.

  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 7, 2013 7:52 a.m.

    We found it quite pleasant and enjoyable. So it wasn't perfect. So what? Few live performances are. And let's face it.. Julie Andrews' rendition of Maria is a pretty hard act to follow. All in all, it demonstrates that there is a market for good family entertainment.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 1:39 p.m.

    What no sex - no PC political statements - nothing blowing up - no stereotyped dysfunctional families where the kids are all pot smoking juvenile delinquents - no adultery ??? Geez who wants to see this???

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Dec. 6, 2013 12:56 p.m.

    Well, I'll agree that it was better than reality TV--but that's faint praise. Ms. Underwood looked like she was out of breath every time she had to move while singing. Frauline Maria needs to hit the cardio before taking on 7 children.

  • BalancedFulfilledLife MISSOURI CITY, TX
    Dec. 6, 2013 12:52 p.m.

    Well said, 3grandslams!! While I agree Underwood struggled to make her acting believable, I found myself wanting to watch the broadcast alongside my girls because Underwood took on a wholesome role rather than the sleeze that practically every other rising star succumbs to. My opinion of Underwood went up (not down) after last night's performance.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Dec. 6, 2013 12:20 p.m.

    The number of viewers shows how desperate America is for real entertainment! Sure the acting wasn't great but it was superior to what is offered as "reality tv"! And I could watch it with my kids and also sing-along. Please give me more!

    Thank you Carrie Underwood for making the effort to bring fresh water to the stagnant swamp of network programming. Thank you NBC for taking the risk.

  • Go Utes! Springville, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 12:20 p.m.

    Fools mock.
    I watch with my girlfriend yesterday and i was thoroughly entertained. People criticize everything.