It seems that NBC recognizes the key to survival of linear television is live programming. Credit sports, award shows, and now for NBC, Broadway musicals on television. With the success of The Sound Of Music last December, NBC has announced its second live production, Peter Pan.
Certainly casting will drive the buzz worthiness. For Sound it was Carrie Underwood vs Julie Andrews; and for Peter Pan, the question will be who will play the role made notable by Mary Martin. Viewers still willing to make appointment television, will enjoy these programming choices. Peter Pan may not have the same fan base as Sound of Music, but it certainly has the name recognition. Should this strategy prove another ratings hit, other Broadcast and Cable networks may soon try to overload us with this same approach. And sometimes too much of a good thing is too much.