You probably can handle the casting of NBC’s A Few Good Men

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More DVR-beating live TV in the pipeline from NBC, as it puts together first live production of a Broadway show for 50 years. 

The word ‘iconic’ gets thrown around a fair bit these days, and not always when it’s truly deserved. We’re not completely sure it’s fair to say that Jack Nicholson’s portrayal of Col. Nathan R. Jessup in A Few Good Men deserves such a prestigious label, but it certainly produced one of cinema’s more meme-worthy moments of the last 30 years.

That 1992 military courtroom drama, directed by Rob Reiner (This Is Spinal Tap, Stand By Me, When Harry Met Sally), came from a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network, Moneyball), adapted from his own broadway play from 1989. Now, US network NBC is planning to bring a live adaptation of the courtroom showdown between Jessup and Lt. Daniel Kaffee (played in the movie by Tom Cruise) to the small screen, with non-other than Alec Baldwin taking on the Nicholson role.

It will be, according to TV Line, the first network TV production of a Broadway drama in more than 50 years. It will also sit as part of a recent trend for live ‘event’ television in the US. The focus of that trend has largely been musical thus far – with NBC itself producing live takes on Hairspray, The WizThe Sound of Music and Peter Pan in recent years. However, this new production would appear to show that the trend – which aims to create event television that draws in live viewers, who can’t then skip through ads using their DVRs – is set to continue with less showy productions.

In a statement, Sorkin said “Alec is one of our greatest actors. Having him play this role — live onstage for a television audience — is a dream come true. This will be a brand-new take on Nathan Jessup, and I expect that Alec is going to bust through TV screens and right into living rooms.”



No other casting news is currently available.