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.
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...
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Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty
The curtains closed on Smash's first season with mediocre reviews, but the show must go on. With a major cast overhaul, including Jennifer Hudson headlining some big-name guest stars, things are looking up for Season 2, which returns to NBC in January.
Executive producer Neil Meron, who also produced the remake of Lifetime's Steel Magnolias, spilled some details at Magnolia's premiere. Hudson will...
Smash's Marilyn Monroe hopeful Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee) is about to get a very important lesson about show biz from one of the best.
In a new preview for NBC's drama lineup shown Tuesday evening during the Olympics, fans got their first look at Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson's upcoming arc on...
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...
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is joining Smash for a multi-episode arc, NBC announced Friday.
Hudson, 30, will play a Tony-winning Broadway star who has a...
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...
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When people call the network upfronts one long song and dance, they're not kidding.