The prospect of watching Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars was enough to channel surf - and stop - on NBC's live re-telling of The Sound of Music. It was too tempting to see if Tony Romo's ex could pull off the impossible: play Maria Rainer.
It was tragic to see NBC cast Carrie Underwood, rather than Jessica Simpson, try her hand at one of the most beloved characters ever set to screen. She never had a chance.
In fairness to Underwood, no one has a prayer of being another Julie Andrews. Knowing this, NBC would have been better served to go for the funny and cast Jessica Simpson as the new mommy to the Von Trapp litter.
Underwood tried - and tried - to be Maria but the memory of Andrews running around those hills outside of Salzburg, Austria is still too fresh regardless if you watched the movie four minutes, or 4,000 years, ago.
Props to Stephen Moyer (True Blood) who did a nice job as Captain Von Trapp, and his cover of Edelweiss in the finale was commendable.
It just really didn't help that Carrie Underwood is not, you know, an actress. And she does not have Julie Andrews' considerable vocal skills. Other than that, Underwood was fine.
Watching/listening to Underwood butcher "Do Re Mi" should have been enough to make most mortals turn away, but the fear of Texans/Jaguars was simply too great.
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