"Smash" is a musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire - to be a "smash." The series centers on the process of creating a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe - written by the successful songwriting duo of Tom (Christian Borle) and Julia (Debra Messing). Julia recently began the process of adopting a child with her husband Frank (Brian d'Arcy James) of many years, but her focus is torn when she has the opportunity to write another Broadway hit. A rivalry soon forms for the lead role between a youthful, inexperienced Midwestern beauty Karen (Katharine McPhee) - who is trying to find fame in the big city against all odds - and stage veteran Ivy Bell (Megan Hilty), who's determined to leave the chorus line and finally get her big break. A tenacious producer, Eileen (Anjelica Huston), discovers the "Marilyn" project and jumps on board with a brilliant director, Derek (Jack Davenport) - whose talent is matched by his cunning and egocentric amorality. Jaime Cepero stars as Ellis, and Raza Jaffrey stars as Dev.
After igniting a new war with Karen, Ivy gets shocking news!
In Season 2 of Smash, the "Bombshell" team is one step closer to achieving their Broadway dream. The Boston run was the success the team was hoping for, including producer Eileen Rand (Anjelica Huston); writers Tom Levitt (Christian Borle); and Julia Houston (Debra Messing); last-minute star Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee); and director Derek Wills (Jack Davenport). But, they are all about to learn even a charmed show cannot avoid paying for sins of the past. Will Eileen get away with mixing business and pleasure with her shady paramour, Nick (guest star Thorsten Kaye)? Will Julia's marriage to Frank (guest star Brian d'Arcy James) survive the revelation of her infidelity? Will actress Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) bounce back from the shame of losing the lead role to rival Karen and bedding her fiance in retaliation? And will Tom and Julia's long-time partnership endure the changing tides of opportunity?
Those who loved Kyle come together to honor his passing with a time-honored Broadway tradition.
When Ivy moderates a Q&A with Tom and Julia, things get ugly.
When the Bombshell reviews come in, Julia and Tom's partnership hits the rocks.
...and they're chock-full of surprises for both Bombshell and Hit List!