ABC to Air Julie Andrews’ Classic ‘Sound of Music’

ABC to Air Julie Andrews' Classic 'Sound of Music'

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The Academy Award-winning 1965 film will air over four hours on Dec. 22

Lest NBC's live version is your last memory of “Sound of Music,” ABC will air the original 1965 film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

The four-hour movie will air on Sunday, Dec. 22 as part of ABC's Sunday Movie of the Week starting at 7/6c.

Directed and produced by Robert Wise, the movie won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. It also displaced “Gone With the Wind” as the highest grossing film of ever at the time, eventually netting $286 million internationally.

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NBC set out to create a new holiday tradition with its live version starring “American Idol” champ Carrie Underwood and “True Blood” star Stephen Moyer.

Although reviews for the production felt Underwood's acting was subpar, the event topped the night's social media topics and earned the network its biggest non-sports Thursday since the finale of “ER” in 2009 and 18.5 million total viewers. NBC plans to re-air the program on Saturday at 8/7c.

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“Smash” producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan headed up the NBC production, which was actually based on the original 1959 Broadway production of “The Sound of Music,” starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, not the film.

But of course, most viewers are better acquainted with the Andrews film. And if you're not, ABC's airing can take care of that.

  • Adam

    This is bad taste for ABC. In fact, ABC has been horrible throughout the NBC live event. Including recently, releasing an exclusive interview with the family the day of broadcast. I am really starting not to like Disney/ABC tactics.

  • moopowerx

    Bad Bad Form ABC. You should be ashamed

  • Patricia M

    If they were fair, they should let Carrie have her day. To do a show LIVE is unheard of anymore! And she did a fine job! All of the actors did.

    • David

      Exactly, Patricia! EXACTLY!! Besides, the version that she just did on live television IS based on *THE* ORIGINAL VERSION–THE **BROADWAY** VERSION–and not THE MOVIE VERSION that came along LATER. I think that the latter(no less Julie Andrews’ portrayal of Maria therein) has become so iconic that a lot of people either have forgotten that the movie and the recent TV-special version of “The Sound of Music” were both based on the Broadway version or, for some reason (i.e. not having been born yet [I was born two years after it debuted on Broadway, by the way]), was unaware that the original version was on Broadway.

  • trish

    I don't want to take anything away from Carrie Underwood but I like the 1965 version better. And I don't think ABC is doing anything underhanded. They have always shown the Sound of Music this time of year for the last 5 years or so. So I don't think they are being underhanded. I think NBC is making a mistake re-airing the live version at the time that ABC is airing the original film. NBC is setting Carrie up for less ratings than before.

  • Kat J

    Oh please. This has nothing to do with Carrie Underwood, so stop seeing this as a conspiracy. Carrie DID have her day, and the 1965 movie is shown every year around the holidays. This is all about RATINGS, and SOM is a well-loved movie, no matter what your personal preference is.

  • Andrea

    Carrie Underwood is to acting what a woodpecker is to carpentry.