The highly anticipated Sound of Music Live staring country music sensation Carrie Underwood and ‘True Bloods’ Stephen Moyer was all the rave on Thursday nights’ premier. Audiences of all ages were tweeting, talking, and tuned in on the beloved classic childhood musical. The live televised musical brought in a remarkable 18 million viewers, making it one of the best Thursday nights that NBC has had in a while. The musical’s numbers were everything that we remembered them to be; bright and cheery, and filled with childhood nostalgia. The $9 million production went on perfectly, with only a few tweaks needed to the sound, and lack of creative angles from the camera, but then again that’s to be expected of a live production. There was nothing bad that audiences had to say about the acting. The ratings and views were well over what NBC expected, although the critics were quite unimpressed and thought the recreation on Roger and Hammersteins The Sound of Music was an unnecessary and uneventful attempt, and Carrie seemed like the underdog when it came to vocals compared to the Broadway vets that sang along side her. In all honesty, to compare Carrie an Stephens acting to the likes of famed Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer just wouldn’t be fair. Those are some big shoes to fill and I think they did their best, at least when it comes to the attempt. You just can’t compete with an original.
The Grammy’s finally released the Nominations list and it looks like Jay Z will be leading the night. Jay Z is nominated for a staggering 9 awards with Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pharrell and Justin Timberlake on his heels with 7 nominations each. Seems that Kendrick Lamar Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist are gonna give Jay Z a good run for his money on awards night getting nominations in the coveted Album of the Year,while leaving Mr.Carter’s name nowhere to be seen on the list. New comer Lordes will also be in for one hell of a night after a great year for her multiplatinum single ‘Royals’ and freshman album, ‘Pure Heroine’ being such a success. The 56th Grammy Awards will be held on Jan. 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Kobe’s Return to the Game
Kobe Bryant finally made an appearance at the Los Angeles Lakers practice on Wednesday morning, and Sunday night marked his official return to the game after being out since April because of a torn Achilles’ tendon. The Black Mamba and his Lakers took on the Toronto Raptors but fell short of victory with the Raptors taking the game in a 106-94 final. Even though Bryant wow’d critics with his athleticism, he’s still his biggest critic.
“I’m just insanely critical,” Bryant said after finishing with nine points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and eight turnovers in 28 minutes. “There was a bunch of things that I completely messed up on.”
Only time will tell if he’ll return to dominance.