I can’t believe Christmas is just 3 weeks away! It seems to be coming so fast this year. While I did some shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as usual, I ended up buying way more for myself than for the people on my shopping list—so I am only done with about a third of my holiday shopping. So while you make your wish lists and shopping lists, we’re here to help you make your “what to watch on TV tonight” list…
Last year, NBC took on the epic task of airing a live production of The Sound of Music, and this year they are at it again with Peter Pan Live! Everyone is familiar with this story of the boy who refuses to grow up, and this isn’t the first time NBC has telecast a live production of the popular Broadway play. They took on the monumental task of airing a live production of the musical starring Mary Martin in 1955. Then in 1956 and again in 1960, they aired additional adaptations, also starting Martin. On Broadway, the role of Peter has traditionally been played by a woman (Martin, Sandy Duncan, Cathy Rigby), so it’s no surprise that NBC has also gone this route for tonight’s production. Allison Williams (Girls, The Mindy Project) will take on the titular role, while her nemesis, the evil Captain Hook, will be played by Christopher Walken! Also part of the company for tonight’s production are Christian Borle (Smash, Sound of Music Live! ) and Minnie Driver.
I’m really looking forward to tonight’s presentation, as this is a play I’m much more familiar with than last year’s The Sound of Music. I have seen some of the previous NBC musical presentations, and I can recite most of the play and songs by heart ever since working the spotlights when my middle school put on a presentation of the play. I’m interested to see how NBC has modified some of the music for tonight’s presentation—some of the original songs may have been okay in the 50s and 60s but wouldn’t be considered very PC these days. But what I’m probably most looking forward to is seeing Christopher Walken own the stage. He is always so hilarious on Saturday Night Live, and I think he will bring a really fun take on the role of Hook.
Check out the fun tonight on NBC at 8/7c.
I’ll also be recording The McCarthys, Elementary, Bones, Gracepoint, White Collar, Covert Affairs, and Newsreaders.
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I know I suggested Bones two weeks ago when it was last on, but it’s truly my go-to show on Thursdays right now. Last time, in the middle of the case, Daisy went into labor—as in, her water broke IN the bone room. Her doula (played by Mindy Cohn from The Facts of Life) was this completely annoying crunchy granola type (I’m not knocking all crunchy granola types, mind you… She was in a league of her own. LOL), and one of the funniest parts of the episode was when Daisy threw her out of her hospital room. I teared up at the end when Booth held the baby—whom Daisy named Seeley, per Sweets’s wishes. It was great. The case itself was rather sad. It turned out the victim’s son killed him, and while it was more an accident than anything else, the reason he shoved him was because he thought the man (whom he didn’t know was his father) was ignoring him on purpose…when in reality the man honestly didn’t remember him because he had Alzheimer’s. It was very sad all the way around.
On tonight’s episode, “The Mutilation of the Master Manipulator,” when the Jeffersonian team investigates the remains of a college psychology professor, the victim’s controversial social experiments on his grad students garners a list of highly motivated suspects. Meanwhile, Booth is sidelined with online traffic school, causing Brennan to team up with Aubrey, and Wendell struggles with his feelings towards a chemotherapy treatment nurse.
To see how Brennan & Aubrey get along and meet Wendell’s new crush tonight on FOX at 8/7c.
I’ll also be watching/DVRing Peter Pan Live!, The Taste, Two and a Half Men, The McCarthys, Beat Bobby Flay, & Elementary.