NBC has almost decided on 2014's 'Sound of Music' live musical sequel
The follow-up is slated for holiday season 2014 and will be produced by "SoM" executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt tells Deadline that rights are currently being negotiated and the final decision will be made in January.
"We have to do these specials more efficiently," Greenblatt admits -- "The Sound of Music Live" reportedly cost around $9 million -- but without having to do any market research to gauge public interest, and with the ratings success of "SoM," the sequel will likely be cheaper.
Just don't expect them to happen more than once a year. "I'd love to do more but it is not that easy to put them together," Greenblatt says.
In other NBC news, the network's Thursday nights could look very different in 2014. It's no secret the former home of Must-See TV has been floundering in recent years, and the network's attempts to patch the gaping holes in its schedule are about as effective as plugging a leak with a cotton ball.
Don't expect any changes to come soon, though. "We are going to rethink and reconfigure and look at Thursday in a different light for next year," Greenblatt tells Deadline. Translation: We can't do much for midseason, but the fall is a different story.