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'The Sound Of Music Live!' Ratings Put NBC On Top

'The Sound Of Music Live!' Ratings Put NBC On Top

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 15:20:48 in TV

“Not sure I'd have a lot of sympathy for a couple who spend all that coin to go see The Book of Mormon, without first having inquired into the content and knowing they might find if offensive. It's not as if it's difficult to find out the content of a Broadway play.

I myself am not wild for 20th century Broadway musicals - they do tend to be hopelessly dated in subject and humor, they tend to have only a few show-stopping numbers and a whole lot of instantly forgettable songs that no one anywhere ever records - and quite rightly so - and it's a helluva great expense.

NBC was smart to choose The Sound of Music for its experiment with live musical theater, it's an enormous success as both stage and film musical - they just were not smart to go with a "Celebrity Recording Star" in the lead role - Underwood - rather than a serious stage performer. Everyone praises Audra McDonald, but her success as Rev. Mother just shows how important it is to cast serious stage performers. And why NBC cast Moyer as the Captain, that just defies understanding. But it's NBC. The people who gave us the Leno Leaves Tonight Show/Not Really/Never Mind, He's Back sh*tstorm.”
Joachim Gauck Boycotting Sochi Olympics

Joachim Gauck Boycotting Sochi Olympics

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 15:13:33 in World

“Or, maybe we should allow everyone everywhere to follow their own consciences, and boycott any Olympics they wish. Or not boycott them, as they wish.”

Rich Velay on Dec 8, 2013 at 16:30:24

“Seeems eminently sensible, to me. :)”
England Draw Italy, Costa Rica And Uruguay In World Cup Draw As FA Chairman Greg Dyke Makes Throat-Slitting Gesture

England Draw Italy, Costa Rica And Uruguay In World Cup Draw As FA Chairman Greg Dyke Makes Throat-Slitting Gesture

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 16:45:25 in UK Sport

“Could be worse. Could be backing the USA team and facing Germany, Portugal, and Ghana (who have twice spanked the Americans' bottom... roughly).”
Noah's Bagels, You Had One Job!

Noah's Bagels, You Had One Job!

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 16:13:48 in Business

“That's all this "story" turned out to be?

Holy crap. Are there NO standards and NO criteria at HP? None at all????”
'Sound Of Music' Review: What Worked And What Didn't

'Sound Of Music' Review: What Worked And What Didn't

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 22:16:43 in TV

“I'm no fan of American television audiences, but I think the critic delivers an unfair slam at viewers by saying that they wouldn't have turned in if someone other than Carrie Underwood had the lead role. I think audiences would have tuned in and stayed tuned in if a Broadway pro delivered a professional performance. Which Underwood's really was not.

And I'm surprised the critic did not mention Moyer's inadequate performance. I haven't seen anyone praise that performance and I thought he was impossibly stiff, lacking nuance, just ill-suited to such a venue.

Why bash American audiences with the assumption they don't want to see performers as talented as McDonald in ALL the roles?”

Lily Strom on Dec 8, 2013 at 03:45:00

“I don't think they would have gotten the ratings they did without a pop culture reality tv star. That's the pathetic state of our society, unfortunately. However, the Sound of Music is enormously popular in the world of theater and out. It is probably among the top 10 most well-known musicals of all time, so I do think a lot of people would have watched it even if someone other than Carrie Underwood had been cast in the part of Maria.

I'm shocked at how many people I see posting that they've never seen any live theater and have never even watched the Julie Andrews movie version of this story. This really speaks to the sad sad state of arts education in this country.”

NHBill on Dec 7, 2013 at 13:19:08

“"I'm no fan of American television audiences, but I think the critic delivers an unfair slam at viewers by saying that they wouldn't have turned in if someone other than Carrie Underwood had the lead role. I think audiences would have tuned in and stayed tuned in if a Broadway pro delivered a professional performance. Which Underwood's really was not."

The Producers have been widely quoted that without Carrie's star status it wouldn't have happened.

TV is very competitive.
A one time event show needs an enormous marketing push to gain attention.
Carrie as the star more than accomplished that.
This writer is correct in implying that without Carrie there would have been no TV revival of the "Sound of Music."

Hopefully for next year they'll coax Hugh Jackman to the boards for "Carousel" or even another go at "Oklahoma!."”
Bill Nighy Talks Turning Down 'Doctor Who'; Praises Peter Capaldi

Bill Nighy Talks Turning Down 'Doctor Who'; Praises Peter Capaldi

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 20:45:58 in TV

“Nighy would have made a very fine Doctor, and I'd trust him to provide all that's needed. Capaldi will be fine as well, but a no from Nighy is a real missed opportunity for the show's fans.”
'The Sound Of Music Live!' Ratings Put NBC On Top

'The Sound Of Music Live!' Ratings Put NBC On Top

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 20:11:18 in TV

“All would be fine, but any future musicals really should employ demonstrably successful musical stage performers. Not Underwood and Moyer. Yikes.”
'The Sound Of Music Live!' Ratings Put NBC On Top

'The Sound Of Music Live!' Ratings Put NBC On Top

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 20:10:05 in TV

“In fairness, there is a difference between a Great Performances filmed performance of a musical - e.g., South Pacific - and a live performance.

I don't recall PBS ever broadcasting a live musical and, if it matters, PBS is withering on the vine and its original programming is disappearing. PBS did once broadcast The Life & Times of Nicholas Nickleby, but I think even that was a Royal Shakespeare Company production, and was simply a videotape of a performance.

Credit where credit is due, NBC did something that networks walked away from decades ago.”
'The Sound Of Music Live!' Ratings Put NBC On Top

'The Sound Of Music Live!' Ratings Put NBC On Top

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 20:01:51 in TV

“I think you'll find the lyrics in most 20th century Broadway musicals are dated. There's really not much to be done about that, unless a lyricist and some producers want to undertake an "adaptation." But the products of the American musical theater are all products of their time, as are Kinky Boots, Book of Mormon, Billly Elliott, etc.”

Julia N on Dec 9, 2013 at 11:45:51

“I know you're right. I just don't have much experience with Broadway musicals. I recognize why people like them but they just aren't my cup of tea. The beauty of art is that it's subjective. I never really heard any songs from musicals until I got married because my husband loves them. I did recently see Book of Mormon and I loved it but it was far too offensive for the couple sitting next to us who left before intermission. lol”
'The Sound Of Music Live!' Ratings Put NBC On Top

'The Sound Of Music Live!' Ratings Put NBC On Top

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 19:54:13 in TV

“It's neither hate nor snark to point out shortcomings. Carrie Underwood is not a solid actress and she came up a bit short. Nowhere near as short at Stephen Moyer. Moyer seemed more ill-suited than Underwood. The kids, on the other hand, were absolutely solid performers.

But I appreciate that NBC undertook the experiment, and kinda pleased it paid off for them in ratings.”
Pope Francis Forms Vatican Commission On Sexual Abuse Of Children In Catholic Church

Pope Francis Forms Vatican Commission On Sexual Abuse Of Children In Catholic Church

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 13:00:30 in Religion

“I am a fan of Francis, but HuffPost needs to grow up.

Long ago, the RC Church forfeited any "benefit of the doubt" it might have asked from people. One cannot assume that Francis is now "getting serious" about abuse simply because he's formed a commission. That's a familiar old trick from the RC Church and from all other organizations with something to hide and blame to avoid.

Rather than benefit of the doubt, the RC Church's efforts should be met with skepticism, and an attitude of "You've lied to our faces for decades, prove you're serious this time... and expect continuing skepticism."”
Watch 'Doctor Who' Get A 'Take On Me' Makeover

Watch 'Doctor Who' Get A 'Take On Me' Makeover

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 17:48:22 in TV

“A bit of pure pleasure!”
Paul LePage Says We Shouldn't Be So Glum About Global Warming

Paul LePage Says We Shouldn't Be So Glum About Global Warming

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 17:16:47 in Politics

“These comments should go over well with everyone in Maine, where the entire shrimping industry has just been shut down indefinitely. As the oceans warm, the food source that the cold-water shrimp rely on disappears. There are no shrimp to catch.

Oh well done Governor. For his next trick, LePage will go to an oil refinery fire and say we shouldn't fuss so much about safety regs.”
Johnny Weir: NYC Gay Activists Angered By His Decision Not To Boycott Russia Are 'Idiots'

Johnny Weir: NYC Gay Activists Angered By His Decision Not To Boycott Russia Are 'Idiots'

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 19:35:58 in Gay Voices

“The possibility of a conflict of interest can't be used to dismiss Weir's opinion. Does anyone anywhere have any basis for saying Weir's opinion would be any different if he weren't hired by NBC?

Nope. No reason whatsoever to assert or assume that.

So deal with Weir's opinion head-on. Agree with it or disagree with it, but don't dismiss it because you suspect it's tainted somehow.”

jar137 on Dec 4, 2013 at 19:26:14

“One can do both. It is fair in argumentation to note a conflict of interest, but I agree that the issues should also be argued directly.”

Larrydillon on Dec 3, 2013 at 23:34:40

“You are absolutely correct. I disagree with the self-loathing fag. Head-on”

jlvnv on Dec 3, 2013 at 20:10:48

“Oh.”
10 Common Food Terms That Have Lost All Meaning

10 Common Food Terms That Have Lost All Meaning

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 16:01:08 in Taste

“With all due respect, it is usually "foodie" lightweights who rush to embrace the latest fad and latest terms, without pausing to even consider what they really mean... and "foodie" lightweights who misuse and abuse the terms.. and who then decide later that they're just so over them. And blog about it.

Every term on this list has a specific and useful meaning, in a specific context, and while a HuffPost blogger may think they've lost all meaning, I know better... thanks.”

Symbionese on Dec 3, 2013 at 21:08:08

“Agreed. The source of any communication must be known. E.g. "valleygirl" language vs. standard English. I would not take seriously anything printed on labels or signs by one of the evil empire vendors, but my favorite supermarket chain (huge, but not immoral) holds strong credibility with me. Even then, I read closely.

Don't mean to pick on valley girls/guys; it was just a strong example.”
Bill Nye Knows Just What He'd Do With An Invisibility Cloak—And A Time Machine

Bill Nye Knows Just What He'd Do With An Invisibility Cloak—And A Time Machine

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 20:19:13 in Science

“Address your concerns to someone who shares them.”

djekizian on Nov 30, 2013 at 08:24:43

“Yes, indeed, you're the consummate pedant.”
Meet The Characters Of HBO's 'Looking' In New Full-Length Trailer

Meet The Characters Of HBO's 'Looking' In New Full-Length Trailer

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 17:11:08 in TV

“If I gave you a bigger rocket, do you think you could post even wider off the mark?

I bet you could.

The issue isn't about depicting a single individual insular neighborhood in SF or any other city.

The truth is that the overwhelming majority of gay Americans do not live in such insular neighborhoods. Not lead such weirdly insular lives as is often depicted in popular media. Even gay media perpetuate that sort of thing, and then invoke some insular neighborhood in SF as proof that such neighborhoods exist.

Which is quite wide of the mark.”

DouggSeven on Nov 29, 2013 at 17:15:13

“Right, but this show isn't about that - it's about a group of friends who live in a gay community.”
Meet The Characters Of HBO's 'Looking' In New Full-Length Trailer

Meet The Characters Of HBO's 'Looking' In New Full-Length Trailer

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 16:41:31 in TV

“"...set in San Francisco's gay community" can mean 500 different things to 50 different people. You may well know what you mean to imply, but no one else will.”

DouggSeven on Nov 29, 2013 at 16:54:57

“You do know gay communities exist, right? Where your neighbors are mostly gay? Gay people from around the country move to San Fransisco for a sense of community. They've been doing it for decades. The show is being correct in that aspect. While it may not affect or represent your lifestyle - this show isn't about you.”
Bill Nye Knows Just What He'd Do With An Invisibility Cloak—And A Time Machine

Bill Nye Knows Just What He'd Do With An Invisibility Cloak—And A Time Machine

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 15:38:52 in Science

“Not quite. In 2013, we know that the laws of physics do indeed seem to permit time travel into the future, and do indeed permit an "invisibility cloak." As we understand them, the laws of physics do not permit time travel into the past. Old news, and unless you've got insights into physics the physicists don't have, not something to debate.

So this is not really quite the same as asking Nye what he would wish for if he had 3 magic wishes.”

djekizian on Nov 29, 2013 at 19:12:52

“Does a HuffPuff science interview deserve such pedantry??”
Obama: 'Sasha Will Have A Big Say In Where We Are' After Leaving The White House

Obama: 'Sasha Will Have A Big Say In Where We Are' After Leaving The White House

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 15:30:28 in Politics

“When, in the history of the US, did you ever see the SCOTUS "be beyond politics?"

How are you even defining the word "politics?" Do you know what you mean, and have you thought this through? Because SCOTUS is a political creation through which national politics is played. Since it started. Since before there was a Constitution.”
Obama: 'Sasha Will Have A Big Say In Where We Are' After Leaving The White House

Obama: 'Sasha Will Have A Big Say In Where We Are' After Leaving The White House

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 14:10:22 in Politics

“Mountain top or not, it's worth remembering that constitutional law was Obama's first love - even before his wife. And serving on the SCOTUS can't ever be described as a headache of any kind.”

passthesewords on Nov 29, 2013 at 22:35:32

“After 5 years of obstructionism, why would any sane person want a step down to being Supreme Court Justice? His place in history is set and the opportunity to appoint more sane justices in the next 3 years would be his political goal.”
Bill Nye Knows Just What He'd Do With An Invisibility Cloak—And A Time Machine

Bill Nye Knows Just What He'd Do With An Invisibility Cloak—And A Time Machine

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 13:58:49 in Science

“Mmm, maybe not. Nye's pretty much a stickler for science literacy and what we currently know. He doesn't indulge that much in the fantasy stuff.”

Syllogizer on Nov 29, 2013 at 15:25:03

“Then why is he even answering the questions? They are all "fantasy stuff".”
Obama: 'Sasha Will Have A Big Say In Where We Are' After Leaving The White House

Obama: 'Sasha Will Have A Big Say In Where We Are' After Leaving The White House

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 13:28:04 in Politics

“It seems reasonable to include SCOTUS as a likely destination for Obama. At some point in not-too-distant-future, there will be a Democratic president with a Democratic majority in the Senate who will face at least a few vacancies on the SCOTUS. The right will go absolutely nuts, but one would be hard-pressed to argue that a constitutional law scholar and 2-term US president is unqualified for the SCOTUS. Unless Obama does not want it, a seat on SCOTUS seems a strong possibility.”

Audrey Ferragamo on Nov 29, 2013 at 20:59:15

“oh, I like that.”

KDMac on Nov 29, 2013 at 15:14:41

“I'd argue that the SCOTUS is supposed to be beyond politics.”

Don1Carter on Nov 29, 2013 at 14:10:42

“He'd be great on the SCOTUS. So would Hillary. (Actually, so would I ;op (”

burnking1 on Nov 29, 2013 at 14:02:58

“Seems to me someone who skirts the constitution regularly would be a poor choice”

Nec V20 on Nov 29, 2013 at 13:45:50

“That was the very first thing I thought of when I saw the article.

My favourite "what if" scenario would be that the Republican candidate for President in 2016 would be so far down in the polls that he had no chance of winning, there was a vacancy in SCROTUS (Supreme Court Republicans of the United States) which the Democratic candidate had asked Obama to hold off on because he/she wanted to nominate him.

The Republicans would go nuts demanding a third term for Obama as President, just to keep him off the Supreme Court bench.

Or of course if a Democrat has been elected as President to take over from Obama and there is a vacancy and Obama nominates himself.

Republican heads explode in 3 ... 2 ... 1”

mimseyme on Nov 29, 2013 at 13:41:55

“He's too young and has young children still. I don't think it would be suitable. I'm sure he has other special projects that he can get involved with. Whatever he chooses, he will succeed.”

passthesewords on Nov 29, 2013 at 13:39:56

“Golf and $75,000 a speech is more likely, why would he want the headache? He's been to The Mountain Top.”

apana41718 on Nov 29, 2013 at 13:35:41

“That would be a great job for him, that's if he decides to stick around DC.”

AproudDemocrat on Nov 29, 2013 at 13:34:03

“That would be detrimental to our country. He has no business as POTUS, much less as a member of the SCOTUS.”
Bill Nye Knows Just What He'd Do With An Invisibility Cloak—And A Time Machine

Bill Nye Knows Just What He'd Do With An Invisibility Cloak—And A Time Machine

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 13:07:11 in Science

“Nye may believe that, while time travel to the future is possible, time travel to the past is not. Nye's well-educated and certainly knows all the reasons physics seems to insist that time travel to the past won't ever be possible except in SciFi.”

Cye on Nov 30, 2013 at 00:59:51

“There's a guy called David Lewis who wrote a paper arguing that backwards time travel is logically possible, if not physically possible. Its an interesting read if you like that sort of stuff.”

phoenix182 on Nov 29, 2013 at 13:29:49

“Probably, but in these kinds of questions it's all about fantasy, not reality. Might as well go for the gold ring.”
'Kinky Boots' Performance At Macy's Day Parade Provokes Outrage

'Kinky Boots' Performance At Macy's Day Parade Provokes Outrage

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 13:01:49 in Gay Voices

“Of all the things that happened yesterday that devout self-styled Christians might have complained about, they 're choosing to complain about a performance from Broadway's Kinky boots?

I'd find it very refreshing if other self-styled Christians spoke up to ask why those folks aren't complaining about Americans worshipping The God of Retail on a national day of thanksgiving. About Christmas Shopping Related Violence. About retailers exploiting their underpaid laborers and making them work on Thanksgiving Day.

But that's not likely to happen.”
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