- Victoria Leigh Miller at Yahoo TV11 hrs ago
The hills were alive — live! — when the real time (for East Coast peeps, anyway) production of "The Sound of Music" aired on NBC on Thursday night.
Country star Carrie Underwood, who's known more for her singing chops than her acting résumé, headlined the show as nun-turned-governess Maria von Trapp in the live three-hour version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic. And it's no shocker that Underwood's performance created a bevy of buzz before, during, and after the show.
The "American Idol" alum did fine with the songs, but when it came to acting ... well, not so much. At least that what the critics — and the all-important Twitterverse — had to say.
Check out Underwood's first non-singing scene:
The Hollywood Reporter's Marc Bernardin wrote:
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo TV12 hrs ago
"The X Factor" should just change its name to "WTFactor" already. Because for the umpteenth week in a row, one of the show's strongest Season 3 singers went home way too early.
"X Factor" viewers had already suffered through the shocking eliminations of the undeniably talented James Kenney, Rachel Potter, Khaya Cohen, Lillie McCloud, and Josh Levi. And then, on this Thursday's "X Factor" results show, teenage powerhouse Ellona Santiago went home in sixth place.
Yep, you read that right. That was not a typo. You have not been punk'd. Ellona , whose apparently non-prophetic "Applause" performance this Wednesday had been an artpop tour de force, and whose phenomenal "Mamma Knows Best" performance last week had had Simon Cowell predicting that she could win the entire competition, went home automatically, having racked up the overall fewest votes this week.
The girl had never even been in the bottom three before. She'd never been forced to sing for her life. And actually, if she had sung for her life this week, there's little doubt that she would have prevailed in the sing-off. But she didn't even get that chance.
- carriebell at Yahoo TV12 hrs ago
While "The Sing-Off" was never officially canceled by NBC, things looked grim for the a cappella singing competition, which hadn't aired since November 2011. Luckily for a-ca-ballers and a-ca-followers everywhere, the film "Pitch Perfect" became a box-office beast: Its "Cups" song was omnipresent, "Glee" continued to keep the beat on the small screen, and "Sing-Off" Season 3 winner Pentatonix became a bona fide YouTube phenomenon. We're guessing NBC couldn't ignore those numbers, so the series was saved from certain tone death.
"It's exciting to see what I think is a renaissance in a cappella music and to think the little engine that could, 'The Sing-Off,' has been part of spawning that renaissance," the show's host, Nick Lachey, said during a set visit held last August when the new installment was being filmed. "We all do this because we have real passion for music and a cappella, and it's pretty cool to see what people are interpreting a cappella to be. It's great to be back."
- rchan at Yahoo TV13 hrs ago
Greg Kinnear stars as a brilliant yet self-destructive lawyer with a number of vices and addictions in Fox's midseason replacement, "Rake." The one getting him beat up in this promo clip appears to be gambling, but he's also drinking, engaging in licentious behavior, and possibly practicing dentistry without a license in the spot.
Do the airwaves need another lawyer show? Of course they do! Nothing's more American than lawyer shows. Even if this one is based on the Australian show of the same name, which in turn is based on the exploits of real-life Aussie lawyer Charles Waterstreet. However, this show seems less "L.A. Law" and more "The Riches," the FX original series about a family of con artists.
Of course, it also makes us think of Jeff Winger in the Darkest Timeline from "Community", but that may be just because both characters are brilliant yet self-destructive lawyers played by one-time hosts of "The Soup."
"Rake" premieres Thursday, Jan. 23 on Fox.
- ckepnes at Yahoo TV14 hrs ago
Until now, America's First Housewife of Television, Marge Simpson, has spent the bulk of her time caring for her brood in "The Simpsons." But, even a non-aging gal like Marge needs to freshen up her look every once in a while. And that's why the blue-haired 'toon (presumably) boarded a G-6 and jetted to the set of "Project Runway All Stars" for some new dresses.
This is one of those have-to-see-it-to-believe-it mash-ups where you press play and behold, the most animated mom in the world as she works "Runway" fashions on "Runway":
Marge deserves major props for keeping her beehive 'do a signature part of her style. We like the shiny, knee-length, blue number best. Scratch that, we dig the strapless, flowery, flirty dress. Oh, but wait, that fitted, grey sheath is kind of Michelle Obama meets Madonna, so maybe that's the best look for Mrs. Simpson. How do these judges do it?!
- ytvstaff at Yahoo TV16 hrs ago
We followed along with the show and collected the best tweets from our Yahoo TV staffers as well as fans (and a few celebs). Did Carrie live up to Julie Andrews? Can Bill from "True Blood" sing? Are we doomed to have "Doe, a deer, a female deer" stuck in our heads till Christmas? The answers to all of these questions and more, right here.
I'm live tweeting Sound of Music #gangstersonly
Nothing's going to bring viewers back to NBC quite like a group of nuns singing in Latin. #SoundofMusic
I just laughed so hard as soon as they cut to this ridiculous-looking woodland set. #SoundofMusic
Look at all the happy little trees you guys. I think Bob Ross painted them. -M #SoundofMusic
Just realized I know all the words to all the songs in #SoundofMusic. I should have been Maria!
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo TV17 hrs ago
After a week off gorging on Thanksgiving dishes and watching one of the worst "X Factor" elimination episodes ever, my "The Day After" co-host Matt Whitfield and I are back this week to dish about "The X Factor." Are you feeling thankful yet?
So last night, the top six of "The X Factor" Season 3 performed two numbers each (one "diva" song, one unplugged song); tonight, two contestants will go home. It's unlikely that either those two will be Alex & Sierra or Restless Road, who both made the iTunes top five (a feat not even the "Voice" top six achieved this week), but any of the other four singers are fair game.
Watch me and Matt dish about Wednesday's performances, our elimination predictions, and Simon Cowell's major facepalm moment...and be sure to share your own thoughts in the comments section as well!
- Elizabeth Durand Streisand at Yahoo TV19 hrs ago
You win some; you lose some — and based on recent pics from the "Cougar Town" set, Courtney Cox is winning, and Busy Philipps is... not winning. On Dec. 4, Cox was snapped walking arm in arm with her former "Friends" co-star Matthew Perry, who has joined the cast to shoot one episode of the TBS sitcom.
The former TV couple looked chummier than ever as they walked around the Los Angeles set and shared some laughs. Perry, 44, seemed particularly smitten with Cox, 49, smiling at her with nothing short of pure adoration. (He certainly has a lot to be excited about, considering that he's not only being reunited with Mrs. Chandler Bing but is also back on network TV — albeit briefly — after several of his own shows have gotten the axe.)
While these friends caught up, however, Philipps had a less delightful day when she was pelted in the eye with a snowball by co-star Bob Clendenin. (Yes, they had snow on the set, even though it was 70 degrees in L.A. at the time.)
Philipps posted a snapshot to Instagram showing her left eye rather irritated and puffy from the hit.
- Yahoo TV20 hrs ago
Believe it or not, Carrie Underwood isn't the only star of tonight's "The Sound of Music Live" event on NBC.
In addition to "True Blood" star Stephen Moyer, Christian Borle from "Smash," and all those adorable kids, you'll also see 34-year-old Broadway star Laura Benanti. While much has already been said about Underwood stepping into Julie Andrews's massive shoes, not nearly enough has been said about the special's source material, which is the original musical, and not the movie. And, as such, Laura's role as Elsa, the other woman after Captain von Trapp's heart, is decidedly bigger than people might remember.
- rchan at Yahoo TV21 hrs ago
(Warning: The clip above contains adult language.)
It takes the skills of a Benedict Cumberbatch to make R. Kelly's lyrics sound like an Elizabethan sonnet, but the UK's most celebrated thespian of the moment managed to do just that on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Wednesday night.
The "Star Trek" and "Hobbit" star, who reprises his role as the titular detective in PBS's “Sherlock” this January, applied his dry British charm to the lascivious lyrics of R. Kelly's "Genius" ("Body's so freaking soft/I can't wait to turn you on") with a seductive dramatic reading.
The number was definitely a hit with the ladies: You may want to turn the volume down, because when he gets to “I'mma hit that thing again,” the audience screams like he's the Beatles and it's 1964.