After the success of Sound Of Music last year on NBC, now FOX wants to get into the game of live musicals. They have chosen Grease which will air sometime next year. Unlike Sound of Music which went for big names like Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer, FOX is going to go with a cast of unknowns or little known performers. Those of you who wants to see Olivia Newton John or John Travolta are going to be out of luck. Probably a good thing. Another change from the movie will be that it is not going to follow the movie, but rather the Broadway version. So, basically all they are doing is filming a Broadway show. Throw in a bunch of unknowns and FOX has found a cheap way to air some prime time programming that will probably make them a bunch of money. The stars of the show will probably move on to be future reality stars and cover the pages of the tabloids for a few weeks.
NBC is following up Sound Of Music with Peter Pan. I don't think that will be as successful for them. I think for this to work and for people to watch for three straight hours you need to give them something they have seen before and know all the songs to.