I am so ready for that. The official word:
Oscar-winning actor Christopher Walken, one of the most revered talents of his generation and a veteran of film, television and stage, will portray the iconic Captain Hook in NBC’s Dec. 4 telecast of “Peter Pan Live!”
“We are absolutely delighted that Christopher Walken will be putting his unique stamp on Captain Hook for our holiday musical event ‘Peter Pan Live!,’” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “He’s not only one of the most versatile actors in our business, but his love of musicals and uncanny abilities as a dancer make him perfect for stepping into this classic James M. Barrie character. Get ready to be charmed, amused, frightened and dazzled by Captain Hook in an entirely original way.”
“We’re so happy to reunite with Chris, who starred in our film version of ‘Hairspray,’” said “Peter Pan Live!” executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “The exhilarating thing about doing these live musicals is giving the stage to a thrilling performer like Chris, and seeing his once-in-a-lifetime performance unfold at the same moment the audience is watching at home.”
Lorin Maazel, the acclaimed conductor, has died. The New York Times obituary is here. His passing comes on the heels of the passing of jazz great Charlie Haden, and of Tommy Ramone, the last surviving original member of the Ramones. So we have had a series of blows to music lovers across the spectrum.To read more or comment...
Friday turned a little crazy because of the LeBron James news, and you can read my contribution to the coverage -- which is about the coverage -- here.
as a result, there's no TV roundup column for today. But:
I strongly recommend "Masters of Sex," beginning a second season on Showtime. And, besides the still-fine performances by Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, both Beau Bridges and Allison Janney are doing extraordinary work.
I also make note of "The Strain," premiering tonight on FX. It's a horror story and had me creeped out in a matter of minutes.To read more or comment...