NBC did a wonderful and risky thing last week. They aired the stage production of The Sound of Music. It was risky for several reasons. First, it was expensive. Reportedly it cost nine million dollars to produce. Second, it was live so there were no do-overs. Third, they cast Carrie Underwood in the lead role and she has no real acting experience.
I watched the whole thing and I thought it was terrific. I applaud NBC for trying new things and for taking risks. The ratings were excellent. It was the number one show of the night. But here's my beef. The critics, most of whom have never created anything of their own nor taken any meaningful risks in their lives, were quick to criticize it.
Most blasted Carrie Underwood for a stiff performance. Small people are always quick to tear people down, but I thought this was unfair. I don't know Carrie Underwood, but I was very proud of her for taking her own risk in playing Maria because comparisons to Julie Andrews are inevitable. No, she won't win an Emmy for her performance in this show, but her singing was beautiful, her dancing was very good, and her acting was fine.
Instead of criticizing just because we can, let's applaud the risk takers like NBC and Carrie Underwood who were willing to bring us something different and entertaining.
I'm Bill Lamb…and that's my Point of View.