As more shows are gearing up for their holiday hiatuses, this was a slower week than usual in the wonderful world of television—but it was by no means a less dramatic week. On Sunday, we were introduced to Dark Hook on Once Upon a Time, and it was revealed that Jason has been investigating Alicia on The Good Wife. Monday brought some much needed Christmas cheer to our television screens, with a celebration of the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas and the premiere of The Great Holiday Baking Show. On Tuesday, Gonzo soared to new heights on The Muppets, and The Flash began the first of a two-part crossover with Arrow. Wednesday’s Nashville continued to add drama to nearly every one of the show’s relationships. On Thursday, The Wiz Live! captivated audiences, and on Saturday Night Live, Ryan Gosling could not keep it together, which was more adorable than it had any right to be.
Overall, this was another fairly heavy week of television. That made it all the more wonderful to find the bright spots, and The Wiz Live! was a true bright spot. Musical theater is very close to my heart (having been a drama club kid all through high school), so I love seeing live theater celebrated in a way that makes it available to new audiences. And The Wiz Live! was a celebration of musical theater at its very best.
Watching Shanice Williams sing “Home” was such a stunning moment. Not only is that a gorgeous song, it’s a star-making song. And Shanice Williams became a star in that moment. Watching her put so much love into every word of that song made me cry. It felt like I was watching something rare and beautiful, and that’s what musical theater is all about—watching a young star find their home under the bright lights. It was a moment I won’t soon forget, and it brings me so much joy just thinking about it.
What was the best thing you saw on TV this week?