Kudos to NBC for presenting Peter Pan Live!
After last year's The Sound of Music, starring Carrie Underwood, a ratings success, NBC obviously found reason to try another musical production broadcast on live TV.
While I didn't just sit and actually watch the entire program for three hours, giving it my undivided attention, I watched enough.
Yes, Christopher Walker as Captain Hook was a hook that no doubt boosted ratings. Twitter was loaded with "cowbell" references and attempts at jokes. Even NBC jumped on the cowbell bandwagon.
We've got a fever and the only prescription is MORE TINKERBELL! #PeterPanLive pic.twitter.com/zUcAdmbVOY
— NBC (@nbc) December 5, 2014
To say reviews of the production were mixed would be inaccurate.
It was pretty much panned.
The Daily Beast, Kevin Fallon -- ‘Peter Pan Live!’ Review: No Amount of Clapping Brings It to LifeNot all reviews were negative, however. There were some kind words as well.
Associated Press, Mark Kennedy Drama Writer -- TV Review: NBC's 'Peter Pan' Falls Sadly Flat
MorningAfter, Gawker, Aleksander Chan -- Peter Pan Live Was the Worst Three-Hour Drag Show We've Ever Seen
New York Daily News -- 'Peter Pan Live!' musical fails to take flight: review
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch -- TV review: 'Peter Pan Live!' hits bumps en route to Neverland
Sioux City Journal -- REVIEW: Christopher Walken didn't hook viewers into 'Peter Pan Live'
The Hollywood Reporter, Tim Goodman -- 'Peter Pan Live!': TV ReviewOverall, I found plenty to criticize in this production, but I found plenty to enjoy.
USA Today, Robert Bianco -- 'Peter' not panned in NBC's live broadcast
Newsday, Verne Gay -- NBC broadcast of live 'Peter Pan' soars
Weaknesses were there, but so what?
I appreciate NBC's effort to present family entertainment. Performing live adds excitement, with no do-overs.
It's such a throwback. It's so unusual. I think it's great. What a tremendous diversion! It's nice to focus on a musical, even for just a while.
And yes, when Peter was trying to save Tinkerbell, I stopped what I was doing at the time to clap, because that's how I roll.
I congratulate the cast and crew.