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Even with the spread of DVRs, live TV rules. Nielsen found last year that DVRs accounted for 8 percent of TV watching.

Underwood to play Maria in live ‘Sound of Music’

Carrie Underwood will star in NBC’s live broadcast of “The Sound of Music” late next year.

A news release said the former “American Idol” champion and Grammy-winning country star will play Maria von Trapp in a performance based on the musical. It will air around the holidays in 2013.

The role is Miss Underwood’s most significant work as an actress yet. She played a small part in the 2011 film “Soul Surfer” and has served as co-host of the Country Music Association Awards for five years.

In von Trapp, she’s tackling a beloved character whose popularity has endured for decades. The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical debuted on Broadway in 1959 and the 1965 film starring Julie Andrews won the best picture Academy Award.

Former ‘Walking Dead’ actor juggling projects, family

His character was killed off AMC’s “The Walking Dead” TV series last season, but actor Jon Bernthal said he still enjoys settling on the couch on Sundays to watch the latest installment of the zombie series.

Watching the show, where he played Deputy Shane Walsh, offers a moment of down time for Mr. Bernthal, who these days is juggling TNT’s television series “L.A. Noir” and filming of “The Wolf of Wall Street,” a Martin Scorsese film about Wall Street corruption also starring Jonah Hill, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey.

Mr. Bernthal told The Associated Press he’s thrilled to be working with Mr. Scorsese.

“He’s always been one of my favorite filmmakers, the guy I’ve always dreamed of working with,” he said. “It’s a really cool cast and based on a true story, so it’s been a really exciting project.”

Mr. Bernthal also has a finished film, “Snitch,” due in theaters in February. The movie, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is about a father who goes undercover for the DEA when his son is imprisoned after being set up in a drug deal.

But Mr. Bernthal said the real news in February will be the arrival of the newest member of his family. He and his wife, Erin Angle, are expecting their second child. While Mr. Bernthal said he’d like to find out the sex of the baby-on-the-way, his wife wants to be surprised.

“She calls the shots in that department, so we won’t be finding out until February,” he said with a laugh. The couple has a son, Henry, who is 15 months old.

Mr. Bernthal headed to New Orleans recently to greet fans of “The Walking Dead” at the Wizard World Comic Con conference. His character was killed last season, returned as a zombie and was killed again.

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