Contagious Tune: Now Live TV Musicals Come to Fox

Network Will Air 'Grease Live' in 2015

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'Grease' began as a live musical production before becoming a hit movie in 1978.
'Grease' began as a live musical production before becoming a hit movie in 1978. Credit: Paramount Pictures

Fox is taking a cue from NBC with plans for its own live musical production.

A three-hour production of "Grease" is set to air in 2015 on Fox, the network said on Monday.

NBC generated buzz and big audiences last December with its live version of "The Sound of Music," staring Carrie Underwood. Her performance was panned in some quarters but the production averaged a whopping 18.5 million viewers.

That was more than enough to draw the peacock network back to the tactic, which is also partly attractive because viewers tune in live and can't fast-forward through commercials. NBC is now planning a live rendition of "Peter Pan" this December.

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