TV WORTH WATCHING

CINDERELLA

BET, 7:30 p.m. ET; 8/15/2012

There are lots of reasons to watch this 1997 TV musical, starring Brandy Norwood in the title role. First, its impressive cast includes the late Whitney Houston (pictured, with Brandy) as the Fairy Godmother. Second, other co-stars include Bernadette Peters, Jason Alexander, Whoopi Goldberg and Victor Garber. Third, it’s a new version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical written especially for television 40 years earlier, originally starring Julie Andrews in 1957 – the same musical being readied now for a new production on Broadway. And finally, its executive producers include the talented Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, two of the executive producers behind NBC’s Smash.

-David Bianculli