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Keck's Exclusives: Love Triangles With a Twist

Katharine McPhee and Jeremy Jordan

Fox's The Following and NBC's Smash are both serving up sexy love triangles — with a bisexual bent.

In last night's fourth episode of The Following, the kidnappers — Billy/Paul (Adan Canto), Will/Jacob (Nico Tortorella) and Denise/Emma (Valorie Curry) — had... read more

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

Ask Matt: Cancellations (Last Resort, Ben and Kate), Smash, Switched at Birth

Last Resort

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Question: While I'm not happy Last Resort was canceled, I would like to thank ABC and the producers for allowing this show to have an actual ending, with [SPOILER ALERT] Marcus showing his love for his country and sub by dying to make sure the Chinese didn't get it. Like you said in one of your daily reviews, any ending is better than a cliffhanger. I was satisfied with the ending. — Foster

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Is American Idol Still Relevant in Season 12?

American Idol

To watch or not to watch? That is the question TVGuide.com examines as Idol enters the twilight of its tween years:

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Smash Producer Teases Season 2

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... read more

Jennifer Hudson’s Smash Debut: "Someone's Always Waiting to Take You Down"

Jennifer Hudson

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... 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

Jennifer Hudson Heads to Smash for Multi-Episode Arc

Jennifer Hudson

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... read more

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