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How Harry Connick Jr. Saved American Idol

Harry Connick Jr.

Season 13 of American Idol sure caught a lucky break in new judge Harry Connick Jr. Since his debut in January, Connick has received rave reviews from both the show's fans and television critics — but he hasn't paid attention to any of them. "There's just a lot of noise that I don't listen to," Connick says. "I've heard some incredibly nice things, but it stops there. I've got a job to do."

That job would be to... read more

Debra Messing to Star in NBC Pilot Mysteries of Laura

Debra Messing

Debra Messing is slated to star in the NBC drama pilot Mysteries of Laura, TVGuide.com has learned.

The Will & Grace and Smash star will play a female homicide detective who struggles to balance her career and devilish set of twin boys.

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Will & Grace Reunion! Megan Mullally to Guest-Star on Sean Saves the World

Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally

Jack and Karen are getting back together!

The Will & Grace reunion everyone has really been waiting for (Sorry, Debra and Eric!) is finally happening on... read more

Smash Alum Will Chase Moves to Nashville

Will Chase

Smash alum Will Chase is returning to the small screen, but this time he has his sights set on a different female songstress.

Chase, who played Michael Swift aka Bombshell's original Joe DiMaggio on the NBC musical drama, has been cast on... read more

Hillary Clinton Joins Twitter, Calls Herself Pantsuit Aficionado

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton joined the legions of public figures on Twitter Monday.

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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

Pilot Season: Smash's Debra Messing Lands Lead in CBS Comedy

Debra Messing

Another nail landed in the Smash coffin Monday: Star Debra Messing has been cast in the lead role of an untitled CBS comedy pilot from former Sex and the City writers, TVGuide.com has learned.

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Smash 2.0's 10 Big Changes: Upgrade or Downgrade?

Katharine McPhee

A new showrunner! New cast members! No more Ellis! There has been hoopla surrounding the many changes made to Smash for months and on Tuesday, the lovers, and hate-watchers, finally got a peek behind the curtain at just what Smash 2.0 really is. So is it really a better show? Or is this tune still slightly off key? We weigh in on the musical drama's 10 biggest changes (so far)... read more

The Tuesday Playlist: Second Act for Smash, Kiss and Tell on New Girl?

Katharine McPhee, Jeremy Jordan

Someone should make a musical about the remaking of Smash between its first and second seasons. Let's call it Phantom of the Rewrite.

Or maybe The (New) Producers, seeing how NBC replaced the original creator/showrunner in hopes of calming this elaborate backstage drama's own behind-the-scenes creative turmoil, which manifested on screen in turgid and oft-ridiculed soap opera between the splashy production numbers (which are still mostly terrific). Smash 2.0 (Tuesday, 9/8c) wastes no time addressing, while slyly commenting on, the show's problem spots, many involving Debra Messing's character, insecure lyricist-librettist Julia Houston. Her dull husband, cloddish son and needy lover? History. Her hideous scarves? Mocked. Also soon to be gone. Along with reviled characters like the scheming, lurking Ellis and Karen's cheating ex, Dev.

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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

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