Articles for Smash Season 1

NBC has released its mid-season lineup, and much like the network itself, it‘s a total mess. Shows are moving, getting delayed, starting and stopping, and fans will most likely have a hard time trying to find what they‘re looking for.  Read more »
Just before you all head out for your Thanksgiving travels (or, maybe, if you‘re already travelling and find yourself looking for something to read and watch): another American Idol roundup! Read more »
What makes a super star? Is it years of acting experience or raw talent? We find out in Steven Spielberg‘s latest TV series, Smash. The new musical drama, from the producers of Chicago and Hairspray, takes viewers to the competitive world Broadway through the lives of two very different actresses that will do everything to become a star. Read more »
And you thought the winter break for most shows meant little news? Tonight‘s casting roundup features a lot of them -- from a new guy on Wisteria Lane to a new (former) partner for Fizbo the clown. But first, let‘s go to Broadway, shall we? Read more »
We‘ve got good news and relatively bad news for this week in television. See, the bad news concerns schedule shifts while the good news is the addition of cast members to several shows. Let‘s get on with it:  Read more »
Just a few days before Christmas -- but there‘s no taking a break on the Idol front. I know, that totally doesn‘t jive with what the headline says. Anyway, let‘s begin: Read more »
Looks like more celebrity babies are coming our way, while one reality TV host isn‘t hurrying to have any. We‘ve also got a couple ending marriage, and someone who‘s hoping to start one.   Read more »
There‘s still time for more romance this year! From a rockstar‘s engagement to someone‘s European vacation with a new girl, these celebrities have made headlines with their latest romantic trysts. But it‘s not all good news. Read more »
Smash, the upcoming musical series from NBC, has been making waves among TV critics and journalists who have already seen the pilot. Noted as one of eight honorees in the "Most Exciting New Series" category at the Critics‘ Choice Television Awards, the show boasts a dream team of producers including Steven Spielberg, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, as well as talented actors and actresses like Debra Messing,  Anjelica Huston , Jack Davenport and Katharine McPhee, just to name a few. Based on the cast and crew alone, it‘s safe to say that Smash is one of the most highly anticipated shows this year. But does the show really live up to its hype? Watch the following videos for a sneak peek and judge for yourself! Read more »
Love is in the air this week as we find out about one rumored affair, a recent engagement and the big reveal of one relationship. Who‘s dating whom? Read on to find out more.  Read more »
If you‘ve ever wondered how a Broadway musical gets made, from soup to nuts, Smash is the show for you. NBC‘s dazzling new musical drama (premiering Monday at 10pm) effortlessly achieves a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a Broadway musical based on Marilyn Monroe. The large ensemble, breathtaking musical numbers and attention to detail help make it one of the best new shows of 2012.  Read more »
Super Bowl XLVI puts the New York Giants against the New England Patriots, and while many fans are excited about the match-up, I‘m proud to admit that I‘m one of those people who watches the Super Bowl for the commercials. Oh sure, I‘m mildly interested in the actual football game, but that‘s just because, if the Giants lose, my brother will cry.  Read more »
Here‘s a sentence you don‘t read very often: NBC was the most-watched network last night. Following the huge Super Bowl, NBC kept the momentum going with the second episode of The Voice averaging 17.7 million viewers during its two hours, easily winning the time slot. That was followed by the series premiere of Smash, watched by 11.5 million viewers, easily beating its competition.  Read more »
Debuting after The Voice (which itself was riding high from a post-Super Bowl timeslot the previous night), NBC‘s new musical show, Smash, debuted to solid ratings with 11.5 million viewers tuning in to see fabulous performances by Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty, plus starring roles by such strong actresses as Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston. Read more »
To the unfocused eye (or ear), the new NBC musical drama Smash is the next Glee. It‘s Glee 2.0. It‘s NBC‘s version of Glee. If Glee is for teens, Smash is for adults. It‘s GLEE! Read more »
On last night‘s second episode of Smash, "The Callback," we learned who the team chose as their Marilyn Monroe in the Broadway musical they‘re in the middle of creating from scratch, original songs and all. In last week‘s pilot, we were introduced to the two finalists for the role, Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty). Both certainly had their own unique advantages. Read more »
Here we go, folks! NBC‘s heavily promoted Smash is now on the way and ready to dazzle us with song and dance. Let‘s see how the pilot handled introducing us to the show‘s world. Read more »
The CallbackTonight, our two Marilyn Monroe prospects have to endure a second callback. This time, it‘s not about their singing capabilities, but about dancing. Karen, of course, is alarmed; not only is she insecure about her dancing, but Derek doubles as director and choreographer and she dreads the thought of having another "coaching session" with him alone.Ivy, on the other hand, is fine with it. She is so dead-set on portraying Marilyn that she watches all her movies ("Even Monkey Business"), reads Bible-like tomes about her life and can‘t wait to quit her current gig to embody her favorite icon. "Let‘s make ourselves a Marilyn!" crows Derek. Unfortunately, we only see Karen struggling with the dance moves. We can only assume that Ivy nails it. Read more »
Fans of Glee are called Gleeks. I don‘t know what fans of Smash would be called ... Smashers? Wait, that doesn‘t sound right. But anyway, I know that us fans of Smash are looking forward to episode 3, "Enter Mr. DiMaggio," coming up next Monday, when the Marilyn: The Musical team seek out their Joe DiMaggio to be paired up with Ivy‘s Marilyn. Read more »
We may be gearing up for episode 3 of Smash coming up on Monday night (BuddyTV shared multiple video previews recently). But let‘s also look more to the future and on to episode 4, "The Cost of Art." Read more »
The team behind Marilyn: The Musical have found their Marilyn Monroe with Ivy. The runner-up, Karen, will be asked to join the ensemble. And since we‘ve heard the baseball number, "The National Pastime," the next step, it seems, would be to find their Joe DiMaggio. And that‘s just what tonight‘s all-new episode, "Enter Mr. DiMaggio" is about. Read more »
Two Alpha MalesKaren‘s boyfriend Dev meets Derek as he is having drinks with Karen. Immediately, they both start to mark their territory. And by territory, I mean Karen. Because Derek just oozes sexual energy and apparently lays sexual claim on both candidates for the Marilyn part. Dev, though, has wonderful repartee. "Are you from South London?" he asks. "I hear it in your O‘s." Brits just have funny insults, don‘t they? Read more »
We‘re only three episodes in and it‘s time for our first big guest star on Smash! Nick Jonas (of the Jonas Brothers fame) will be stopping by in episode 4, "The Cost of Art." He will be playing a character whom the Marilyn team wants to invest in the musical. Read more »
First comes Marilyn. Then comes DeMaggio. Next comes an investor by the name of Nick Jonas. The former Jonas Brothers bandmate, who is currently starring on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, will be guest starring in tonight‘s episode of Smash, "The Cost of Art," as Lyle West, an investor whom Eileen (Anjelica Huston) wants to invest in Marilyn: The Musical. Read more »
There‘s a lot of buzz surrounding tonight‘s episode of Smash, "The Cost of Art." That‘s because the show will be welcoming in special guest star Nick Jonas, currently on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Anjelica Huston‘s character, Eileen, will be trying to get Jonas‘ character, Lyle, to invest in Marilyn the Musical. Will he? We‘ll have to tune in to find out. Read more »
This week, the workshop begins which gives us a first glimpse into what will certainly be a rather drawn out affair to determine who will really play Marilyn on Broadway. Let‘s see how it went down. Read more »
After Nick Jonas‘ guest starring appearance last week, will Smash lose any of its luster? Far from it. NBC has released a whole slew of sneak peeks at next Monday‘s episode, "Let‘s Be Bad," and let‘s just say the drama is just beginning. Read more »
Now that Marilyn: The Musical has an investor in Nick Jonas‘ Lyle West, the musical, I presume, can really kick into high gear. There are three songs that will be featured in tonight‘s episode, "Let‘s Be Bad." Megan Hilty will perform the title song, "Let‘s Be Bad," an original. Katharine McPhee will take on the James Brown classic hit, "It‘s a Man‘s Man‘s Man‘s World." And Will Chase will cover Donny Hathaway‘s "A Song for You," which is a fantastic song, if I do say so myself. Read more »
This week, Smash tried to establish the theme that women have it hard in a man‘s world, but it didn‘t quite work as intended. Karen expressed uneasiness about other men‘s stares, Ivy had a big musical number of Marilyn that basically touched on the same feeling, and Julia couldn‘t escape her past with another man. Sprinkled between all that was soapy moment after soapy moment. So let‘s run through them. Read more »
Tonight‘s episode of Smash may be titled "Chemistry." But judging by these clips released by NBC, it seems as if the lack of chemistry is what‘s coming to the forefront, to the full degree. A cover by Katharine McPhee has also been released online in advance of the episode. Let‘s take a look and a listen below: Read more »
This week on Smash, the big unifying question was if everyone was okay. Sometimes, like in Ivy‘s case, the question was addressed quite literally, sometimes, like in Michael and Julia‘s case it‘s more of an emotional question. It‘s also a question one could ask Katharine McPhee who, on paper, is supposed to be the leading lady of the show but is yet again sidetracked onto a meaningless subplot. Read more »
It seemed like we just started Smash, and now we‘re gearing up for the finale. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the NBC musical will air its season 1 finale on May 14. Assuming every episode from now until then is all-new, this timeline fits in with the previously announced season 1 episode order of 15. Read more »
In the preview that aired after this week‘s episode of Smash, we saw a very quick shot of Bernadette Peters guest starring in next week‘s episode, "The Workshop." As a Broadway veteran herself, this seems like the perfect show for her for guest star on, even more so than Glee. Peters will play Ivy‘s mother, Leigh Conroy. She talked to the press recently about her role, how the show compares to real life and what she thinks of both Karen and Ivy. Read more »
As we‘re nearing the half-way mark of Smash‘s inaugural season, let‘s take a look and preview what‘s to come with the rest of season 1 with regard to the various guest stars stopping by. We already know that Uma Thurman will be guest starring. But did you know that Meryl Streep‘s daughter will be stopping by as well? Nick Jonas and Bernadette Peters will both be making repeat appearances. And what is Ryan Tedder doing on the show playing himself? Read on to find out all the scoop. Read more »
If you thought Uma Thurman was a big get for Smash (Thurman will guest star in five episodes beginning with episode 10), wait until you see tonight‘s episode, "The Workshop," in which the one and only Bernadette Peters plays Ivy‘s mother and sings as well. Three preview clips have been released in anticipation of the episode. Read more »
Tonight‘s episode is appropriately titled "The Workshop" as Marilyn: The Musical takes a huge leap forward with trying to get to Broadway. And as we know, Ivy hasn‘t been completely stable lately. How does Megan Hilty, who plays Ivy, think about her character, being with Derek and competing with Karen? Hilty talked with TVLine about all this and much more. Read more »
Ivy‘s mom comes to a rehearsal right before the workshop performance, and it turns out that she was a big Broadway star and is adored and admired by all. The background dancers all want her to croon a song for them, and even Julia acts like a little girl on Christmas. So the grande dame gets down to business and impresses everyone, so much so that she gets a standing ovation and Ivy realizes that she probably will never be able to step out from under her mom‘s shadow. In a rare moment of affection in the professional environment, Derek sits down next to Ivy and reassures her that she is "great" in the show. Read more »
It‘s the news Smash fans everywhere have been waiting for. NBC has announced that they will be renewing their musical drama, Smash, for a second season, set to air in the 2012-13 television season. Season 1, currently running, airs its finale on May 14 with returning guest appearances by Nick Jonas and Bernadette Peters, as well as the end of Uma Thurman‘s five episode arc. Read more »
Last week, saw the workshop come to life, or rather limped along, according to the critics who were in the room watching the preview performances. Will that not-so-welcome reception change the game for Marilyn: The Musical and how they proceed going forward? Four preview clips (as well as one song) have been released ahead of "The Coup." Read more »
Modern MarilynLast week, if you‘ll remember, the workshop was held and didn‘t go over that well with critics and potential investors. So this week, Derek and Eileen leave everyone hanging and work on a more modern take on Marilyn. They go behind Julia and Tom‘s back and collaborate with a new set of writers to come up with a more contemporary song, and they go behind Ivy‘s back because they enlist Karen to sing that song. So in the meantime, all the characters have to wait on a call from Eileen to know what‘s going to happen with the show. Read more »
The past couple episodes of Smash have been game-changers of sorts and are very easily setting up what we can expect to see in the remainder of season 1. The workshop didn‘t go so well, so now Karen and Ivy have to cope with that aftermath. And Julia and Michael ended their affair, but that doesn‘t mean she‘s out of the woods completely. Four preview clips have been released ahead of tonight‘s episode, "Hell on Earth," showing the reverberations of what happens after the workshop and the affair. Read more »
For some reason, the creative team behind Smash seems to think that it‘s a good idea for a show about the behind-the-scenes of a Broadway musical to drop the musical aspect for two episodes. So this week, all the characters are still waiting on word if the show is moving forward, and we get time to meander into the more soapy (and less interesting) aspects of Smash. Let‘s see what happened. Read more »
First, it was Ivy and Karen who vied for the role of Marilyn Monroe. But in a recent episode, the team decided to go in another direction and search for a star in the newly named Bombshell. Now tonight is the night that the star comes to town. Uma Thurman begins her five episode arc on Smash, playing actress Rebecca Duvall. Read more »
Missing StarThe big news of the week is that the big movie star Rebecca Duvall, who was supposed to play Marilyn, is stuck in Cuba. "It‘s political," says Eileen. After last week‘s Republicans-are-baaaaaad plot, it would almost seem as if Smash would like to grow wings and fly off into West Wing territory.In any event, the investors are restless and suggest that her husband would never let something like that happen. So she goes off to her "favorite bar downtown with the best $7 Martinis" and sings her sorrows to the bartender. As it turns out, the bartender has an "emergency fund" under the bar which amounts to two giant wads of cash, and "knows some people" who might help Eileen fund Bombshell. And all of that, of course, out of the goodness of his heart. Read more »
Rebecca Duvall has finally arrived and now it‘s time to get down to business. Is she the star that Bombshell has been looking for? Will Karen and Ivy team up against her? And will Rebecca be overbearing and turn into a diva? Tonight, we may find out. Read more »
So the big movie star Rebecca Duvall has arrived. How will she perform? Will she single-handedly save the show from ruin? Since this was really the only question of interest this week, let‘s see how it went. But first, a little detour into relationship land. Read more »
Uma Thurman‘s character, Rebecca Duvall, is meddling in the creative decisions of Bombshell. Ivy‘s out as Marilyn, but Derek may want her back. How will all this play out tonight? Will the team push back against Rebecca? If Ivy does come back, what does that mean for Karen? Tonight may start the process of answering these questions. Read more »
Ever wondered what it looks like when a PG TV show tries to depict the wild and raunchy world of celebrity clubbing in New York City? This week, Smash did just that and the results were interesting in terms of character development, but not very satisfying in terms of realism. Let‘s see how it played out. Read more »
Everything‘s coming down to the wire. Tensions are high. And the drama keeps heating up. Will Rebecca Duvall be able to handle the pressure of the musical? Will we see a familiar face return? And what question does Dev have to ask Karen? Read more »
The cast and crew are in Boston for the debut of Bombshell. Will it go off without a hitch? It doesn‘t look like that‘ll happen. And judging by the below preview clips released by NBC, there will be performances galore in tonight‘s all-new episode, "Previews." Read more »
This week is preview week in Boston! A lot of emotions, a lot of excitement, a lot of expectations. So you know a slightly cheesy TV drama will milk every ounce of it and turn it into addictive schmaltzy goodness. How did it all go down? Read more »
After all the casting and rehearsals and drama galore, plus last week‘s previews, it‘s finally time to debut Bombshell. NBC has released preview videos ahead of tonight‘s season 1 finale, "Bombshell." Read more »
Excited to know who finally got the part of Marilyn? Not to spoil it for you or anything, but before we delve into details, let me tell you that this season finale was devoid of any big surprises, as was this first season as a whole. Honestly, we‘ve all known from day one who was going to get the part of Marilyn. Read more »
The 2011-2012 TV season has officially come to a close,  the Nielsen ratings are in and for the first time in nine years, the most-watched show of the season isn‘t American Idol.The FOX reality juggernaut, which has been the highest-rated show in total viewers and the coveted 18-49 demographic for the past eight seasons, was dethroned in both categories by NBC‘s Sunday Night Football.  Read more »
In its bid to become the largest awards show that ever was or ever will be, the Teen Choice Awards have announced their second round of nominees. On the TV side of things, the new nominees include summer shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Teen Wolf, as well as stars like Joseph Morgan (The Vampire Diaries), Dianna Agron (Glee) and Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager). Keep reading for all of the new nominations. Read more »
This summer NBC is letting fans catch up on many of its returning shows in a new and exciting way. Available on, the network‘s officiall app and On Demand, NBC is offering full seasons of several of its shows from now through September 23.  Read more »
The second season of Smash just got a huge boost as the NBC musical has cast Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson in a recurring role.  Read more »
You want TV news? We‘ve got TV news! So that works. Keep reading for scoop on Smash, Bunheads and Rookie Blue. Read more »
On Tuesday, June 26, 2012, Nora Ephron died of cancer at age 71. The prolific and successful screenwriter and director was responsible for some of the most beloved romantic comedies of recent decades, and her death was felt by many in the TV industry. See what they had to say here. Read more »
White Collar, Psych, Suits, Necessary Roughness, Covert Affairs, Royal Pains and Burn Notice are making room for new faces in the coming days. Read on to find out who‘s appearing on your favorite USA Network shows.   Read more »
The 2012 Creative Arts Emmy Awards were held Saturday night to honor the technical side of television. The big winner was HBO‘s fantasy epic Game of Thrones which won six awards, followed by Saturday Night Live with four.  Read more »