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Thread: NBC has a theory why 'Peter Pan' flopped

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    NBC has a theory why 'Peter Pan' flopped

    “In spite of the fact that there was a lot of critical negativity, I think Carrie Underwood was an enormous amount of draw for The Sound of Music,” NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s winter TV previews. “That kind of big star helped bring a bigger audience, and it was the first one, and The Sound of Music was a classic, also. Peter Pan’s not as well known as a show. It’s a known fairy tale, but not as well-known a show. We didn’t have stars that were as big as Carrie. I loved what Chris[topher] Walken and what Allison [Williams] did, but I think stars would bring a bigger number.”

    NBC has a theory why 'Peter Pan' flopped (and it's not their fault) | Inside TV | EW.com

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    Hmmm, no kidding Bob.

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    It was all Carrie. I know I watched just cause of Carrie.

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    OMG are they just now figuring this out? Of COURSE the draw was Carrie!!!! P U H L E E Z E ! ! !
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    All I can say is "DUH". Either way, this should make Carrie pretty happy.
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    So this is the guy that discovered warm water.

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    What an insensitive thing to say. If you are the chairman of NBC, I'm pretty sure you're supposed to stand behind your shows. I didn't personally watch it so I can't offer an opinion of it, but just thinking of all the money, time & effort that went into making the show, it's kind of disappointing to hear him give a backhanded compliment to the actors. Just because a show doesn't draw in huge numbers, doesn't make it any less good.

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    ^^ I agree carriefan14 - it may not have gotten the numbers that Carrie brought in but PP was still a great effort and real live theatre on TV. Last year they projected SOM would have about 5 or 6 million viewers(is that about right?) so actually Peter Pan brought in more than that. I don't think it's fair to compare shows - there will always be ups and downs in the audience numbers depending on the musical - I love this effort they are making to air live theater but people just aren't used to seeing it so a star helps to bring the audience
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    This isn't the first time they've acknowledged Carrie's influence on audience numbers. They have credited her in every manner possible, and continue to thank her, publicly, for the success of TSOML. There have been tons of articles about the combination of types of viewers who tuned in: those who wanted to see live TV, others who are in love with the Broadway version of SOM; still others who were curious; and, to a lesser degree, those who were prepared to hate it. PP just wasn't as appealing to all age groups, and there was no negativity (hate, in Carrie's case) prior to production.

    He's a businessman doing a business analysis. I don't consider it a backhanded compliment to the actors. He said he loves what they did, but admits that a shinier star would have brought in more viewers. He, also, indicated the success of PP will ensure more live Broadway on TV (he considered it a success, just not the monster SOML was). Last sentence of the article sums it up:

    "Still, NBC won’t balk at what Peter Pan Live! did for the network, as they are already considering next year’s production, which is a toss up between The Music Man and The Wiz. “Look, 10 million viewers on a Thursday night for a musical that’s 60 years old is great,” Greenblatt said. “We have no regrets about it.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by carriefan14 View Post
    What an insensitive thing to say. If you are the chairman of NBC, I'm pretty sure you're supposed to stand behind your shows. I didn't personally watch it so I can't offer an opinion of it, but just thinking of all the money, time & effort that went into making the show, it's kind of disappointing to hear him give a backhanded compliment to the actors. Just because a show doesn't draw in huge numbers, doesn't make it any less good.
    Where in that article or the quoted part did he ever say it wasn't good?He actually praised the actors( how he could praise Walken's performance is beyond me- terribl is a kind word to use for it).
    He just said ,and I think he's right, that bigger stars would have drawn a bigger audience.

    No one had a clue who Allison was other then the daughter of the NBC news anchor.She
    was never going to, pull in an audience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naco1776 View Post
    “In spite of the fact that there was a lot of critical negativity, I think Carrie Underwood was an enormous amount of draw for The Sound of Music,” NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s winter TV previews. “That kind of big star helped bring a bigger audience, and it was the first one, and The Sound of Music was a classic, also. Peter Pan’s not as well known as a show. It’s a known fairy tale, but not as well-known a show. We didn’t have stars that were as big as Carrie. I loved what Chris[topher] Walken and what Allison [Williams] did, but I think stars would bring a bigger number.”

    NBC has a theory why 'Peter Pan' flopped (and it's not their fault) | Inside TV | EW.com

    Ha..ha...ha..ha..ha...

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    completely agree!!!

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    Big numbers thanks to Carrie!

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    Well its the truth. I think everybody knew this anyway. I'm happy they are doing live theater no matter if the lead is a star or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carriefan14 View Post
    What an insensitive thing to say. If you are the chairman of NBC, I'm pretty sure you're supposed to stand behind your shows. I didn't personally watch it so I can't offer an opinion of it, but just thinking of all the money, time & effort that went into making the show, it's kind of disappointing to hear him give a backhanded compliment to the actors. Just because a show doesn't draw in huge numbers, doesn't make it any less good.
    No, that doesn't make it "not as good". But PP was not even close to as good as SOML was. No matter how respectful you wish to be to the those who participated. There is no denying that on any level....

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    I actually think the whole thing was awful. Sorry. I watched till I couldn't take the awfulness anymore....... Walken was so bad I just felt awkward watching it. I had to turn away.....
    Just cause they "accomplished it" doesn't mean they were good at it!
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