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TV "Event" fever: expect an outbreak after mega-success of Sound of Music Live

Mega-miniseries used to be the norm during TV’s days of yore. Now the networks are rediscovering the power of “Event” programming, with NBC’s Sound of Music Live lately leading the charge. We aren’t going to be revisiting the era of budget-busting, week-long miniseries. But with “social media” an ever more important ingredient, look for a lot more snark-inducing “event” productions that also have the potential to spit back big-time Nielsen ratings for their networks. We take a closer look on the Network News & Reviews page.

Plus, Tuesday’s D-FW ratings “snapshot” is posted. And Episode 3 of Uncle Barky’s Countdown to Christmas offers video of a very merry “John Boy” Walton blooper.
Ed Bark