NBC is still flying high on the success of The Sound of Music Live!, and at the network’s presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday, Chairman Bob Greenblatt announced that Peter Pan would be their next live staged musical, set to air Dec. 4 on the network.
After drawing 18.6 million viewers — and twice as many snarky tweets — Sound Of Music Live! inspired NBC to reteam with Sound of Music producers and Broadway vets Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who also executive produced NBC’s Smash.
“We’re very pleased to be underway on Peter Pan as our next live holiday musical for the whole family,” Greenblatt said in a statement. “In the hopes that lightning strikes twice, we think we’ve landed on another great Broadway musical that is a timeless classic for all audiences, young and old, who just never want to grow up.”
Anyone else think Justin Bieber is calling his manager right about now?
Peter Pan isn’t the only piece of classic literature that NBC announced plans to adapt this morning. Also ordered was Emerald City, a reimagining of L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz books, revolving around a 20-year-old Dorothy that’s more in the vein of Game Of Thrones. The 10-episode miniseries comes from Siberia showrunner Mathew Arnold.
Katherine Heigl’s return to television also got one step closer to becoming a reality as NBC has officially greenlit her pilot. The Grey’s Anatomy alum stars in the untitled drama as a “CIA analyst whose job is to debrief and strategize with the president,” per NBC. Heigl will not only star, but executive produce.
Throwing her Orange Is The New Black future into question, Natasha Lyonne will star in Old Soul, a new comedy executive produced by Amy Poehler that takes place at a retirement home. Poehler also inked an overall three-year producing deal with NBC that will have her setting up various comedies.
NBC will also air an eight-episode limited series called The Slap, based on an Australian miniseries, about the fallout when a man slaps a child that’s unrelated to him at a suburban barbecue. Each episode is will focus on another person’s point of view.
And finally, to end on an incredibly happy note, Greenblatt revealed that Parks and Recreation will have a seventh season! When reached for comment, Ron Swanson said:
This post has been updated to change language originally taken from a press release.
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