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Jessica Paré

There's music that sticks with you — like Megan's can't-get-it-out-of-your-head "Zou Bisou Bisou" birthday party bump and grind from Mad Men — and music you can't wait to forget: as in whatever the hell Katharine McPhee was screaming on that revolving mattress-prison during the ambush production number on Smash's worst episode to date.

Which seems an appropriate way to begin our medley of some of the week's notable hits and misses.

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Ask Matt: Justified, The Killing, Hunger Games (on TV?), Smash, and More

Timothy Olyphant

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Question: I'm really surprised by the lack of comment (here and elsewhere) on this season of Justified. It had a lot to live up to after that near-perfect second season and (in my opinion) has been maintaining the standard extremely well. I haven't enjoyed TV-show dialogue this much since The West Wing went off the air. read more

NBC Renews Smash for Second Season; Creator to Depart

Smash

Smash, NBC's soapy musical drama about the making of a Broadway show, has been renewed for a second season, the network announced Thursday... read more

Ask Matt: CBS (Non) Renewals, Smash, The River, Grey's, Awake, More

Megan Hilty

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Question: Do you think it is possible that CBS will cancel Unforgettable, CSI: Miami and CSI: NY? I really like all of them and I am hoping this won't come true. — Linda

Matt Roush: It is possible one or more of these shows won't be back in the fall... read more

Bernadette Peters on Smash, Karen's Lack of Desperation and What She'd Do on Glee

Bernadette Peters

Ivy's famous Broadway mom will make her debut in Monday's episode of Smash — much to her overshadowed daughter's dismay -- and it looks like she's also reserved tickets to opening night.

Bernadette Peters, who plays Mama Rose, er, Leigh Conroy, tells TVGuide.com that she'll return to the set of Smash next week to film the season finale. Is that because she's attending Ivy's big night as Marilyn? "I'm in the finale. I come to see my daughter, yes," Peters says, coyly. (No word on whether it's a conciliatory visit because, we suspect, Karen winds up clinching the role.)

We talked to Peters about her role on Smash, Karen's lack of desperation (shouldn't she be wanting that part a whole lot more?) and the perilous life of a theater performer... read more

Mega Buzz: Scoop on NCIS' "Kid," the Grey's Finale, and Mad Men Secrets

Michael Weatherly, Ellen Pompeo, Jon Hamm

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

Got any scoop on the "kid from Baltimore" storyline on NCIS? — Maddie, via Twitter
ADAM:
Word on the "kid" is that he's a boy Tony once saved from a fire many years ago. Unfortunately, not all of his family members made it out alive, which drove him to become an arson investigator. Look for him to be reunited with Tony when a string of fires leave the Baltimore cops stumped and in need of some federal input.

Tell me more about the Grey's Anatomy season finale, now. — Max
NATALIE:
One thing you won't see is... read more

Watercooler: Smash Gets Its Groove Back

Smash

Ok, big hugs to you if you're still hanging in there with Smash. After a stellar pilot, a strong second episode and a weirdly uneven trip to a Midwest karaoke bar last week, NBC's splashy ratings-deterrent got back to being fabulous with the kick-off of rehearsals for Marilyn: The Musical last night. Tons of music, a not-hateful guest spot from one of them there Jonas Brothers, a hint about the falling-out between former buds Tom and Derek...really, the only thing missing was a good Eileen martini-toss and the violent, sudden and fatal run-in between a runaway taxi and awful Ellis that we are still praying for.

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Smash's Katharine the Great

Katharine McPhee

Nick Jonas may be popping in tonight to play a former theater kid-turned-sitcom star, but it's Katharine McPhee's Karen who grows up — and grows a spine — when rehearsals for Marilyn: The Musical finally get under way. "We'll see her step into her own," says the triple-threat stunner, whose character gets a much-needed lesson in working what she's got, courtesy of some helpful fellow chorus members and a kick-ass Adele tune.

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Mega Buzz: A Bones Movie, Smash's Leading Lady and a New NCIS Relationship

Emily Deschanel, Katharine McPhee, Mark Harmon

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

Can't wait for Bones to come back in April! Got any scoop until then? — Gina
ADAM:
One of Brennan's books is being turned into a film, and wouldn't you like to know who Hollywood has chosen to play our blood-and-guts lovers? You will, when a murder on set brings Booth and Bones and their movie alter egos together. Booth's stand-in is an action star whose stunts aren't limited to filming. It seems his criminal history of drug use and assault are just attempts to make headlines on TMZ. The actress playing Brennan? Well, she's kind of a slut. No thanks, poetic license; we'll stick with the originals.

So Ivy won the role of Marilyn Monroe on Smash. But Katharine McPhee is in all those commercials! Safe to say that's not permanent casting? — Lucy
NATALIE:
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Ask Matt: Smash, Revenge, Awake, Southland, Betty Mania and More

Katharine McPhee

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Question: I watched the first episode of Smash this week and I enjoyed it. I like the cast, the music and the dancing, and the overall "Broadway" feel of the show. I just can't find myself going along with what is apparently the central idea of the show, which is that Katharine McPhee would make a better Marilyn than Megan Hilty. Really? Don't get me wrong, I love ...
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