NBC has almost decided on 2014's 'Sound of Music' live musical sequel

NBC already has a shortlist of three musicals it is contemplating staging live on TV in 2014. The network immediately ordered a new live musical for next year after the massive ratings success of its Carrie Underwood-starring "The Sound of Music Live!," and although the numerous listicles with suggestions from the Internet hive mind probably helped publicity-wise, they likely won't have any effect on the actual decision-making process. The follow-up is slated for holiday season 2014 and will be produced by "SoM" executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt tells Deadline that rights are currently being negotiated and the final decision will be made in January. "We have to do these specials more efficiently," Greenblatt admits -- "The Sound of Music Live" reportedly cost around $9 million -- but without having to do any market research to gage public interest, and with the ratings success of "SoM," the sequel will...



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