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April 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In the latest effort by broadcast networks to counter commercial skipping with DVRs, Fox is planning to air a live production of the hit musical Grease sometime next year. The network appears to be following the lead of NBC, which attracted nearly 19 million viewers with a live presentation of The Sound of Music last year and has indicated that it will air a live version of the musical Peter Pan in December. Fox said that the special will be a three-hour production, which would seem to indicate that it plans to carry it on a Sunday night, the only night of the week that it airs three hours of primetime programming. Paramount Pictures, which produced the 1978 hit movie that starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, will produce the live telecast. “From Broadway to film, and across generations, Grease is one of the most beloved musical stories ever told — and we can’t wait to bring it to our air in a spectacular live event,” said Shana C. Waterman, senior VP of event series for Fox in a news release. With its series Glee, Fox is about the only TV network that has successfully integrated drama and music in a series in recent years; indeed, one episode of Glee was titled “Glease.”