Hair CANCELED by NBC after Fox broadcast of Rent becomes lowest-rated live TV musical

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NBC has guillotined its planned live production of the 1968 Broadway musical Hair.

The TV version of Hair was slated to air on May 19 - the date of the series finale of Game Of Thrones and the season finale of American Idol.

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When the network mulled bumping Hair to a less competitive evening, doubts arose as to if they should put on the show at all, sources told The Hollywood Reporter.

Hair was meant to stand in for a live TV version of Bye Bye Birdie, which has been repeatedly rescheduled because of how busy its star Jennifer Lopez is.

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NBC's decision to cancel Hair comes after the Fox broadcast of Rent starring Vanessa Hudgens scored lower in the ratings than any other recent live TV musicals.

Rent: Live was watched by 3.4 million people - whereas NBC's 2013 show The Sound Of Music Live! led by Carrie Underwood got 18.6 million, per Variety.

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NBC was trying to get Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld to be in Hair, according to insiders who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter.

Diane Paulus, who helmed the Tony-winning 2009 Broadway revival of the show, was to co-direct the NBC production with Alex Rudzinski, Playbill reports.

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