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Smash's Katharine McPhee Chops Off Her Hair

Katharine McPhee

Smash might not be the only thing Katharine McPhee says goodbye to!

The American Idol alum... read more

The Thursday Playlist: A Hope Mitzvah, a Redeemed Politician, Scrubs On Grey's

Garret Dillahunt

Oy vey. Or as Virginia Chance (Martha Plimpton) might mangle her Hebrew-isms: "Molotov! (for mazel tov)." Fox sure doesn't make it easy to say goodbye to Raising Hope as it ends its third season on a new night with back-to-back episodes (9/8c), the sort of treatment you'd normally see from a network burning off a show in which it has lost faith. Thankfully, that's not the case here. Hope has already been picked up for a fourth season, and it goes out on a delightfully deranged musical high, with Burt (the sublime Garret Dillahunt) center stage as he frantically preps for his overdue Bar Mitzvah.

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Ask Matt: The Good Wife, Scandal, Smash, Walking Dead, NCIS, Grey's, Once Spin-off

Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn

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Question: Along with Parenthood, The Good Wife is in my opinion still one of the best dramas on network TV. And the mock trial episode was, as you recently noted, the best so far of the season. However, I have recently been feeling that this show has been lacking, not necessarily in quality (with the exception of the whole Kalinda's husband debacle), but in freshness. For me the show has been very stagnant. A case here, a little Will/Alicia flirtation there, mixed in with Peter's campaign and/or Eli's troubles. Every week is pretty much the same thing with a different guest star. Nothing seems to be new or fresh. What's most frustrating about the lack of freshness is how easily they could remedy that. I would be extremely interested in watching what Cary proposed unfold, for he and Alicia to form their own firm. Watching Cary and Alicia go head to head with Will and Diane would be a welcome change to the same old same old.

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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 Megan Hilty on the New Ivy: Is She Heading Back to Bombshell?

Megan Hilty

When we first met Ivy (Megan Hilty), she was a ruthless Broadway chorus girl who'd do anything to get ahead. A drug problem, philandering boyfriend and major career upset later, Ivy's now returned to Smash a different woman. read more

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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