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Katharine McPhee On 'Smash': 'Our Show Is About Dreaming Big'

Unless you threw out your TV along with the carcass of Thanksgiving's turkey, you're probably well aware (and have been for months) as to what's happening on NBC tonight. Namely, the premiere of the network's much-hyped musical series "Smash." The show follows Broadway hopefuls Karen ( Katharine McPhee ) and Ivy ( this week's Girl Crush Megan Hilty ) as they audition for the lead in a Marilyn Monroe-themed musical. Katharine obviously has plenty of auditioning experience, having been the runner-up on "American Idol" back in 2006, but how did that process compare with "Smash"? Read More... http://hollywoodcrush.mtv.com/2012/02/06/katharine-mcphee-smash/

'Smash': Creator Theresa Rebeck talks Marilyn Monroe and her plans for Season 1 and beyond

"Smash" is a musical drama about the making of a musical, so you can rightly expect lots of singing and dancing in every episode of the show. There is one musical-theatre convention, however, that the series won't really follow: You won't hear every character singing their thoughts."Everybody sings in a way you can sort of explain," creator and executive producer Theresa Rebeck tells Zap2it. "In a musical every now and then, someone just goes, [singing] 'I gotta be me!,' and it's sort of like an expression of the self. ... We don't do that. If [Katharine McPhee] is going to sing alone in her apartment, it's because there's a song on the radio she starts to sing along to, and then her version of it fills the room."You'll see that kind of musical expression in Monday's (Feb. 6) series premiere, when McPhee's character sings Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" at her audition for a musical about Marilyn... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/02/smash-creator-theresa-rebeck-talks-marilyn-monroe-and-her-plans-for-season-1-and-beyond.html  

Smash Preview: All the Details You Need to Know (Plus, Sneak Peeks)

Smash is a show about the making of a star.  Premiering tonight on NBC, Smash is also a show about the making of a Broadway musical - including the hopes and dreams of those trying to make it big and the back-stabbing that occasionally goes on behind the scenes.  But lest you think Smash is all about the business of Broadway, rest assured that it's got heart, which is conveyed through song and the relationships between the characters. Some big names are attached to this new series, including EP Steven Spielberg and the producers of Chicago and Hairspray.  Experienced coreographers and composers have put together the impressive song and dance numbers that appear throughout each episode.  There is a great deal of talent behind and in front of this show and it is one of the best new pilots of the 2011-2012 season. Read More... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/tvovermind/tvnews/~3/JsT43a38kHM/120623

Keck's Exclusives: Will & Grace Reunited!

Ex- Will & Grace roomies Debra Messing and Eric McCormack may soon move back in together. With Debra now in New York shooting NBC's Smash , the recently separated actress tells me, "Eric's moving to New York this spring to do a Broadway play [ The Best Man ], so I've told him...  http://www.tvguide.com/News/Kecks-Exclusives-Grace-1042795.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Smash (NBC) “Pilot” Episode 1

Smash  (NBC) “Pilot” Episode 1 airs February 6 on NBC (10-11:00 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis: The hit-making Broadway writing team of Julia Houston (Debra Messing) and Tom Levitt (Christian Borle) unites with producer Eileen Rand (Anjelica Huston) to create a new musical based on the life of  Marilyn Monroe , and seasoned chorus girl Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) vies with newcomer Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee) for the dream  role. Jack Davenport, Raza Jaffrey, Brian d’Arcy James and Jaime Cepero also star. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2012/02/06/smash-nbc-pilot-episode-1/  

Interview: 'Smash' creator Theresa Rebeck

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall interviews Theresa Rebeck, the veteran playwright and TV writer who is the creator of NBC's new musical drama "Smash." http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/whats-alan-watching/posts/interview-smash-creator-theresa-rebeck

'Smash': Katharine McPhee's 'Touch Me' Shows a New Side of the Broadway Drama (Video)

  Katharine McPhee  joined the likes of Howard Stern, David Beckham and Ferris Bueller on Sunday as NBC unspooled a new promo for its Broadway drama  Smash . Standing on top of a bed in the middle of a stage, McPhee performs  Ryan Tedder 's "Touch Me" while wearing only a sheet as scenes from the highly anticipated drama are intercut in the minute-long clip. Compared to previous clips, including  McPhee's "Beautiful"  cover, the "Touch Me" spot skews heavily male. Read More... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/-ew3hXQ_bOg/smash-katharine-mcphee-touch-me-super-bowl-ad-287217

The Lowdown on NBC's Smash: Weighing the Hype vs. the Reality

Thanks to NBC's relentless marketing and PR campaign, much is already known about Smash , a big-risk series about the making of a Marilyn Monroe musical. At the center of the sudsy backstage drama is American Idol 's Katharine McPhee , who stars as an ingénue pitted against a more seasoned Broadway chorus girl to play the iconic blonde. If the premise sounds hopelessly niche for a broadcast network in desperate need of a hit (thespians! show tunes! jazz hands!), both NBC and critics high on the series have been working hard to change your mind. Advanced word on Smash is that it's the anti- Glee (especially if you've tired of that show's pop song-happy chorus of high schoolers), The West Wing but on Broadway (should you miss Aaron Sorkin's defining sense of a workplace), and a game-changer for NBC (if you went bananas for the first episode, which NBC screened in theaters and made available on-demand and online weeks before Monday's official premiere). Read More... http://www.tvguide.com/News/NBC-Smash-Debunking-Hype-1042803.aspx?rss=breakingnews

On The Set: The Curtain Rises for NBC's Smash

Scene: A massive converted warehouse somewhere in Brooklyn, late 2011. The lights come up on the cast of an ambitious network drama about the making of a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe as they screen the series' pilot during a catered lunch break. Once the credits roll, so do the waves of applause... As anyone who's read the copious critical raves knows, Smash — the most faaabulous show that's not on Bravo — is all that and an orchestra seat. Produced by Steven Spielberg , created by Emmy nominee Theresa Rebeck ( NYPD Blue ), loaded with tunes by Hairspray Tony winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and boasting a cast so good you'd think it was on cable, this stage-door soap is either gonna be a knock-'em-dead blockbuster or one of TV's splashiest misfits. It's risky for sure. There's a reason...  http://www.tvguide.com/News/Smash-NBC-Set-Visit-1042714.aspx?rss=breakingnews

SYTYCD's Ellenore Scott Lands a New Role on Smash

Good news Ellenore Scott fans. The So You Think You Can Dance Season 6 finalist is coming to NBC’s new TV series, Smash!The new show gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse into creating a Broadway musical — the drama, the music, and, of course, the dancing! If the series is going to showcase lots of great musical numbers then they are going to need lots of great dancers. SYTYCD favorite Alex Wong can be seen dancing alongside Smash star Megan Hilty (Ivy Lynn) in the pilot episode and,... http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/wPYaGmOYEG8/sytycds-ellenore-scott-lands-a-new-role-on-smash
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