(This post has absolutely nothing to do with type 1 diabetes or food allergies.)
Despite its flaws, Q and I really loved watching the live version of The Sound of Music together last year.
When we heard that there would be a live version of Peter Pan, I marked it on our calendar. Finding out that Pan would be played by a female, my husband and I told Q of the famous women who have played Pan and how great it is that they are being traditionalists in this production.
We rarely sit down as a family to watch TV shows or movies. But on Thursday the four of us joined together in the living room to watch.
Even though it was a school night, I figured the kids could go to bed a little late. But I realized halfway into the first hour that it wasn’t a two hour show, but a three hour show. Three hours. On a school night.
What was the network thinking?!
With no hopes of making it to the end, the kids went to bed at 8:30 and 9:00. After all, Friday is spelling and math facts test day.
A live, family-oriented TV event is so special in this day and age. Before 24-hour cable networks, before DVR’s, before even VHS, you watched a TV show live and at the same time as families across America. Cartoons were only on Saturday morning. We all found out who shot J.R. on Friday night. We had to rush home for the after school special. You watched Godzilla vs. Mothra during the Sunday matinee.
NBC had an opportunity to bring families together to watch this live event. But three hours was too much. And three hours on a school night was definitely too much. (Not to mention that it was 8:00-11:00 pm for the East Coast!)
Since we don’t have cable, and thus no DVR, we will get the DVD from the library or see if it’s on HULU Plus* in the coming days.
I’m sure ratings will reflect bedtimes.
I hope that they continue these live TV events. I just hope they are shorter and not on a school night. And maybe have more cowbell.
* Use my HULU Plus referral link and try it out for two weeks free.