An exuberant, inventive The Wiz Live on Thursday night breathed new life into the notion of full-scale musicals on live TV with a happy serving of ’70s soul and R&B, updated with a 2015 vibe. Starring a nice mix of pop music heavyweights, Hollywood stars and Broadway veterans, the show had a heart and playfulness that was missing from The Sound of Music Live with Carrie Underwood and Peter Pan Live. It even came in under three hours.
AP technology writer Anick Jesdanun tries out CBS’s new All Access streaming service to see whether it’s worth its fee of $6 a month. The service is a good start, he says, but “the network needs to do more to make it worth the money — especially as HBO and other channels start to compete for online dollars.”