Thanks to the powers that Glee, NBC is after its own musical programming magic.
The network has ordered two pilots, once of which is Smash, an hour-long musical series project based on an idea from Steven Spielberg. The other is the romantic comedy I Hate That I Love You, Deadline reports.
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Smash revolves around an eclectic group of people who come together to put on a Broadway musical. It's one of several post-Glee musical projects in the works: Disney Channel ordered a series, Madison High, about students trying to build a theater program for their school. The CW's developing Acting Out, set at summer camp, and ABC's working on three separate musical shows (a relationship drama starring Glee alum Idina Menzel as a single mom, a comedy about a musician living with other musicians, and a comedy from Robert Horn (Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure)).
NBC's new Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt had originally developed the idea while he was in charge of programming at Showtime. Michael Mayer (Broadway's American Idiot) is in talks to direct. Theresa Rebeck wrote the script, and will executive produce along with Spielberg, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey of DreamWorks TV and Hairspray producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Grammy- and Tony-winning songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) will write original songs for the show as well as executive produce.
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I Hate That I Love You is a single-camera sitcom featuring a straight couple who introduces two lesbian friends to each other who are instantly attracted. A pregnancy results.