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Spokane’s Sophia Caruso part of televised ‘Sound of Music’

When NBC’s ambitious live production of “The Sound of Music” hits the airwaves tonight, Spokane will have a big reason to watch. And that big reason is a 12-year-old girl. Sophia Caruso, who last wowed local audiences as the lead in Spokane Civic Theatre’s production of “Annie” in 2012, will be playing Brigitta von Trapp, one of the seven von Trapp children, in tonight’s live broadcast starring country superstar Carrie Underwood as Maria, Stephen Moyer (“True Blood”) as Capt. von Trapp and Broadway legend Audra McDonald as the Mother Abbess.

‘Dateline NBC’ to air Starbuck trial tonight

As the Clay D. Starbuck trial reaches a national audience tonight, the prosecutor who convicted him filed motions this week to ensure any money made from the case goes into a state victim’s fund, as mandated by state law.

NBC apologizes for ad’s bad timing

NBC says no offense was intended by a poorly timed promotional ad featuring a monkey on gymnastics rings that aired directly following a commentary by Bob Costas on Gabby Douglas’ gold medal inspiring other African- American girls to take up the sport. “Much of America has fallen in love with Gabby Douglas,” Costas said. “Also safe to say that there are some young African-American girls out there who tonight are saying to themselves, ‘Hey, I’d like to try that, too.’ ” Then NBC switched to the commercial with the small, widely grinning monkey on the rings, a promotion for “Animal Practice,” NBC’s upcoming comedy. – AP

Viewing guide for Olympics coverage

NEW YORK – The Summer Olympics opening ceremony takes place Friday, but the first of 5,535 hours that NBC is showing of the games begins today with qualifying rounds in women’s soccer. With so many different options, viewers need a road map to make sense of it all. NBC is promising that every competition in London will be available to U.S. consumers live, with the bulk of them seen online.

Giants-Cowboys a large draw for NBC

The New York Giants’ victory over the Dallas Cowboys earned the highest overnight rating in the six-year history of Sunday night football on NBC. According to data released Monday by The Nielsen Company, the Giants’ 31-14 win to take the NFC East got a 17.1 overnight rating and a 27 share, 36 percent higher than last year’s Week 17 game between the Rams and Seahawks to decide the NFC West. The previous Sunday night overnight high was for Cowboys-Jets in Week 1, 16.9/27. Overnight ratings measure the 55 largest TV markets, covering nearly 70 percent of the country. – Associated Press

Super Bowl to be streamed online, to mobile phones

The biggest draw in television is going mobile. The Super Bowl will be streamed online and to phones in the U.S. for the first time, the NFL said today. NBC’s broadcasts of wild card Saturday, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl will be available on the league’s and network’s websites and through Verizon’s NFL Mobile app.


The Slice By Paul Turner

TV Notes: NBC to bring back reality hit, ‘Fear Factor’

NBC is reviving “Fear Factor,” the reality show that boasted challenges ranging from daring to gross. “Fear Factor” aired on NBC from 2001 to 2006 with host Joe Rogan. The network said Thursday it’s ordered new episodes but didn’t announce an air date or whether Rogan would return.

O’Brien will leave with $32 million

LOS ANGELES – Ending his brief reign as host of one of television’s longest-running shows, Conan O’Brien on Thursday finalized a rich severance deal with NBC that releases the comedian from “The Tonight Show” and frees him to join another network in time for the new fall season, an NBC spokeswoman confirmed. The settlement, hammered out over the last week, brings to an abrupt end O’Brien’s nearly 20-year career with NBC, where he began as a staff writer for “Saturday Night Live” in the late 1980s. His separation from NBC includes a payout that will go down as one of the most eye-popping in the annals of Hollywood: O’Brien, who has 2 1/2 years remaining on his contract, will walk away with about $32 million, according to people close to the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.