Why NBC’s The Sound of Music Live Matters

On December 5th, NBC aired the biggest television event of the holiday season – The Sound of Music Live! This tribute to the beloved stage musical, The Sound of Music, starred Grammy Award-winning recording-artist Carrie Underwood as the iconic Maria and True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp in the two lead roles, and featured a spectacular supporting cast consisting of Broadway vets Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti, and Christian Borle, and a troupe of young newcomers led by Ariane Rinehart and Michael Campayno.

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The Epilogue to “American Dreams”

The cast and creative team of NBC’s American Dreams reunited at the 2013 ATX Television Festival.

Those who were in attendance at the panel discussion were treated to a very special surprise – a screening of the never-aired alternate ending to the abruptly (and wrongfully) canceled series.

The epilogue picks up three years after Season 3 finale, with the show’s leading lady Meg Pryor heading to the Woodstock Music Festival of 1969. Along her journey, she reminisces on memories with her family and friends, and through conversations with fellow travelers, reveals the fate of show’s main characters: her best friend, Roxanne, is married to Luke, and they have a baby together; her sister, Patty is attending Radcliffe College, and her good friend, Sam, has just graduated from university, and will be joining her at Woodstock. The final scene is a flashback of Meg visiting home for the first time in three years, and reuniting with her Mom and Dad on the evening of one of  the decade’s most pivotal moments – the Apollo 11 moon landing.

This epilogue has been a long time coming for fans of the nostalgic and underrated television show. While I’ll always wonder what would have happened to the characters if the show had been renewed for a fourth season (and beyond), I am happy with how this alternate ending played out on a hopeful note. It’s terrific to finally have proper and satisfying closure for my absolute favourite television show.