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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

Keck's Exclusives First Look: Smash Goes to the Tonys

Smash

The struggling Smash, which NBC is moving to Saturdays starting April 6, will close out its second (and likely final) season in late May or early June by sending the main characters to the Tony Awards. A trip to Broadway's big night "was part of the pitch that got me the job," says executive producer Josh Safran, who took over as showrunner this season. "It's an event that doesn't necessarily ­require you to be nominated to be there. People attend, perform and present awards. And there is a song that involves the entire lead cast."

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Smash's Jack Davenport on Derek's New Vulnerability and Dysfunctional Relationship with Ivy

Jack Davenport, Debra Messing

Things have taken quite a turn for esteemed Broadway director Derek Wills (Jack Davenport) on NBC's Smash (Tuesdays at 10/9c). Last season, he was behind one of the most of the buzzed-about upcoming musicals on Broadway while also romantically involved with his leading lady, Ivy (Megan Hilty). Unfortunately for poor Ivy, he even enjoyed a brief affair with Hollywood royalty, and Marilyn replacement, Rebecca Duvall (Uma Thurman).

Cut to one season later and Derek has already lost one job, a remake of The Wiz with Tony winner Ronnie Moore (Jennifer Hudson), his other gig, Bombshell, has been stalled for weeks, and he's been accused of sexual harassment by several stage actresses. Oh, and did we mention that he and Ivy are dunzo? "They almost do a role reversal at one point where she's completely in control and he's almost a little puppy dog for her," Hilty told TVGuide.com last month. "It's a... read more

Smash's Jeremy Jordan on Jimmy's "Darker" Side and His "Love at First Sight" for Karen

Katharine McPhee and Jeremy Jordan

A Broadway actor with leading man charisma, great pipes, impressive dance moves and a Tony nomination under his belt? Jeremy Jordan sounds like the perfect fit for NBC's musical, Smash. However, he admits he had his doubts about joining the drama.

"At first I thought the fact that I can sing in... 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

Broadway Vet Krysta Rodriguez Joins Smash as Series Regular

Krysta Rodriquez

NBC continues to add more real-life Broadway stars to its musical series Smash.

Krysta Rodriguez is the latest addition, signing on as a series regular for Season 2, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Rodriguez, whose stage credits include The Addams Family and A Chorus Line, will play... 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

Monday TV: Remembering Johnny, Smash Finale, House

Johnny Carson

Imagine a TV world where the late-night comedy audience is not fragmented in a clutter of Dave or Jay or Stewart/Colbert, Conan, the Jimmys and Craig. read more

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