NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, along with producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, are zeroing in on three potential musicals to be broadcast live during the 2014 holiday season, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Greenblatt declined to identify which titles were in the running, but stated, "They all have complicated rights issues and I don't know if we're going to be able to get them." With less than a year to plan the event, it is expected that a decision will be made shortly after the new year.
"We're looking for another show, a well-known title, something that people already know and love that can interest kids and adults and can be produced live, which is no small feat," he continued.
The Dec. 5 broadcast of The Sound of Music Live! brought in 18.6 million viewers, which prompted NBC to begin planning a similar event in 2014. Greenblatt added that he doesn't foresee a live televised musical broadcast to be an annual event. "I don't think we can do this too many times. I don't think there are that many shows that fit the perfect sweet spot of what we did [with Sound of Music]. That said, I think we can do it next year and if we're successful again next year, I think we could do it again. But I don't think it's going to be an annual thing for the next 10 years."
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