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No Third Act for Smash — NBC Cancels Broadway Drama

Smash

The beat will not go for NBC's ambitious Broadway musical drama Smash, which  was canceled Friday after two seasons.

From executive producer Steven Spielberg and starring Emmy winner Debra Messing and Oscar winner Anjelica Huston, Smash was a notable hit for... read more

Smash's New Boss Tries to Turn Hate-Watchers into Hope-Watchers in Season 2

Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee

All eyes are on Smash as the NBC musical drama prepares to unveil its second season on Tuesday (9/8c on NBC). But it's not because fans are dying to know whether Ivy (Megan Hilty) survived her possible pill overdose or if Karen (Katharine McPhee) ditched her cheating boyfriend — it's because fans are waiting to see just how much the Smash they loved, and more famously loved to hate, has changed its tune.

Premiering on NBC a year ago with impressive critical acclaim and almost inescapable advertising, Smash follows the creation of Bombshell, a new Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, and the characters involved behind the scenes. Over the first season, ingénues Karen and Ivy tried to out-diva each other for the main role while juggling messy love lives, lyricist Julia (Debra Messing) cheated on... read more

Smash's Second Season: A Tale of Two Musicals and Less Scarves

Katharine McPhee

Bad news, Smash fans. You may not have seen the last of Broadway's most annoying assistant just yet.

"Ellis is still alive," executive producer Neil Meron told reporters with a laugh at NBC's winter TV previews Sunday. "How could we forget Ellis?"

Much to the contrary, the much-maligned character is just one... read more

Smash: Who Will Play Debra Messing's New Love Interest?

Daniel Sunjata

Debra Messing is finding new love — on TV, that is.

Daniel Sunjata (formerly of Rescue Me and Grey's Anatomy) is joining the cast of Smash as a love interest for Messing's character Julia, Entertainment Weekly reports.

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Spring Awakening Alum Andy Mientus Joins Smash Cast

Andy Mientus

Spring Awakening alum Andy Mientus has joined the cast of Smash for Season 2, TVLine reports.

Mientus, whose credits include... read more

Extra! Extra! Smash Adds Newsies Star Jeremy Jordan as New Series Regular

Jeremy Jordan

Newsies star Jeremy Jordan is carrying the banner to Smash as a new series regular for Season 2, TVLine reports.

The year-old Broadway actor, 27, will play a... read more

Smash Scoop: Four Actors Leaving in Season 2

Raza Jaffrey, Jaime Cepero

Best Smash news ever? Dev and Ellis are out!

Raza Jaffrey and Jaime Cepero will not return for the second season of NBC's musical series, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Additionally, Brian d'Arcy and Will Chase have also been axed from Season 2, though... read more

Mamie Gummer to Guest-Star on The Big C

Mamie Gummer

Off the Map's Mamie Gummer, The New Adventures of Old Christine's Hamish Linklater and Smash's Brian D'Arcy James will guest-star on The Big C this season, Showtime announced Friday.

Gummer and Linklater will play a young couple ...
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On The Set: The Curtain Rises for NBC's Smash

Smash

Scene: A massive converted warehouse somewhere in Brooklyn, late 2011. The lights come up on the cast of an ambitious network drama about the making of a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe as they screen the series' pilot during a catered lunch break. Once the credits roll, so do the waves of applause...

As anyone who's read the copious critical raves knows, Smash — the most faaabulous show that's not on Bravo — is all that and an orchestra seat. Produced by Steven Spielberg, created by Emmy nominee Theresa Rebeck (NYPD Blue), loaded with tunes by Hairspray Tony winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and boasting a cast so good you'd think it was on cable, this stage-door soap is either gonna be a knock-'em-dead blockbuster or one of TV's splashiest misfits.

It's risky for sure. There's a reason... read more

B'way Insiders Give Frankenstein "Two Bolts Up!"

If I appear to dwell on Mel Brooks' in-the-works adaptation of Young Frankenstein, it's for good reason: The classic horror spoof was a seminal film for my younger self. Now, the New York Post's theater column repeats that the early take on the stage musical is, well, "scooper duper." Specifically, praise such as "absolutely hilarious," "a total winner," and "really funny — and, for Mel, surprisingly tasteful" was offered by some of the 20 Broadway insiders invited to a top-secret Monday reading. What's more, at the run-through Brian D'Arcy James was so winning in the Gene Wilder role — once thought to be a no-brainer (pun intended) get for (a pre-Odd Couple) Matthew Broderick — that he is now poised to play the doc on Broadway come Halloween 2007. read more

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