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'Smash' Scoop: Cast Talks Guest Stars, Marilyn & More!

" Smash " is poised to be just that: A hit for NBC , all about the making of a Marilyn Monroe Broadway musical. With two very different, very talented actresses vying for the part of Marilyn -- played by "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee and Broadway diva Megan Hilty -- it's anyone's role. And from what the cast and producers told me, nothing is ever final in the theater ... I caught up with the cast to hear more about their characters, and to find out if the actors who are not playing actors on the show might still be seen singing and dancing sometime soon. ( Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston might not be known for their voices, but that doesn't mean there aren't already plans to get them belting out show tunes.) They also teased a bit more about big guest stars like Bernadette Peters, Nick Jonas and Thurman; what's to come, including reactions to the big decision about who'll play Marilyn; and why that decision isn't necessarily set in stone. Click through this gallery to get a glimpse at the new show, and keep checking back with HuffPost TV for a lot more "Smash" scoop in the coming weeks. http://feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/Ko57q5sQRWg/smash-interviews_n_1246022.html

Raza Jaffrey Speaks on Smash, Katharine McPhee, NBC Publicity Push

In almost every ad for Smash , NBC "introduces" viewers to Katharine McPhee. But what about the man fortunate enough to be holding the hand of this actress on the new musical-based drama? We're excited to introduce you here to Raza Jaffrey, who portrays Dev Sundaram on Smash , the serious boyfriend of McPhee's Karen Cartwright. "They're in a caring, charming relationship," Jaffrey told me of Dev and Karen. "He's behind her all the way." Read More... http://www.tvfanatic.com/2012/01/raza-jaffrey-speaks-on-smash-katharine-mcphee-nbc-publicity-push/

Jack Davenport on ‘Smash’

  In the coming Steven Spielberg executive produced show “Smash,” Jack Davenport plays a ruthless musical director with a penchant for bedding his young starlets. Davenport’s character, Derek Wills, is a Broadway veteran helming the development of a musical about Marilyn Monroe. Speakeasy talked with Davenport to discuss his character, what makes a good drama and working with the likes of Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston. “Smash” will premiere Feb. 6 on NBC. Read More... http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/01/31/jack-davenport-on-smash/?mod=WSJBlog

'Smash': Watch an extended preview (or the whole pilot) of NBC's musical drama

The pilot of "Smash" has been available on demand and for download for more than a week, and you can now stream it online as well. But if you don't have 40-plus minutes to spare, this extended preview gives a pretty good taste of what you'll see in NBC's new drama.Over seven minutes, cast members, creator Theresa Rebeck and executive producer Steven Spielberg lay out their ambitions for the show, which revolves around the creation of a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. A bonus for us: Megan Hilty, who's been getting short shrift in the on-air promos that focus heavily on Katharine McPhee, gets some more face time here. You'll also see and hear snippets of several production numbers from the fictional Marilyn musical, listen to Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Anjelica Huston and other cast members wax poetic about the show and, of course, hear McPhee sing "Beautiful" (which, even though we've heard that about... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/01/smash-watch-an-extended-preview-or-the-whole-pilot-of-nbcs-musical-drama.html

'Smash' Guest Star Nick Jonas Predicts Series Will Be 'One Of The Biggest Shows'

Nick Jonas is one of the many familiar faces making a cameo on NBC’s highly anticipated, theater-themed drama, “Smash.” With the show’s premiere mere weeks away (February 6! Mark your calendars!), the Broadway-bound singer/actor recently chatted with MTV News about his run on the show. "The character on 'Smash' is really a fun character,” Nick dished. "He's Lyle West, and he’s kind of a celebrity. He’s just been sold into syndication and, you know, so there’s some financial benefits to all of that. So Anjelica Huston’s character—who’s amazing to work with, by the way, and the whole time I was pinching myself thinking it was a dream—she plays the producer of the show." Read More... http://hollywoodcrush.mtv.com/2012/01/18/nick-jonas-smash/

'Smash': Jack Davenport's Derek Doesn't Care About Your Feelings (Exclusive Video)

When it comes to staging a successful play,  Jack Davenport 's  Smash  character doesn't care about your feelings. Davenport plays Derek Wills, the hotshot director of the Marilyn Monroe theatrical production at the center of the NBC drama whose moral compass doesn't always point to doing the right thing. "He's a creative guy who doesn't care whose feelings get hurt on the way to realizing his vision," Davenport says of Derek's priorities in a clip exclusive to  The Hollywood Reporter . Read More... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/XFwG4l7OMfE/smash-jack-davenport-derek-281928

Smash: Behind the Scenes Look at the Making of a Musical Within A TV Show

Personally, I've always enjoyed musical theater, so Smash is a certain slice of Heaven for me.  Not only is the cast filled with terrific and award-winning actors and the storyline is compelling and rounded, but the writers and producers are attempting to do something that's never really been done before: create a full-fledged musical within a television series. The newest promotional video for Smash from NBC is incredibly interesting.  The cast and crew discuss the song and dance routines and what it's like to break new ground with a different kind of musical show.  Executive Producer Craig Zadan explains "We set out to do something that no series has ever really done before.  We're creating, piece by piece, this musical about Marilyn Monroe." Read More... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/tvovermind/tvnews/~3/CcSY1-axCgg/116639

Katharine McPhee Remembers Hollywood Backstabbing As She Stars In NBC's 'Smash'

American Idol singer Katharine McPhee now stars on NBC’s new drama Smash. She plays an aspiring theater actor auditioning for musical about Marilyn Monroe. The drama of the show ranges from backsta... http://www.starpulse.com/news/Fred_Topel/2012/01/10/katharine_mcphee_remembers_hollywood_b

Smash: Want to Watch the Pilot Before the Premiere? NBC Is Putting It Online & on VOD

In a move used more often these days, NBC will be giving viewers a chance to watch the pilot episode of Smash early. Smash will be premiering on February 6 and is a new drama and musical series that is a behind the scenes look at the Broadway world.  A musical writing duo decide to create a play based on the life of Marilyn Monroe.  A producer and director become attached and then it's a race to find the star - the woman who can embody Marilyn.  Two young actresses are vying for the part - one is a young waitress trying to make it in the theater, while the other is a more experienced actress who spends most of her time singing in the chorus. Read More... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/tvovermind/tvnews/~3/4cdbGT2wsFY/115631

Extended Sneak Peek of Smash: Katharine McPhee Takes Broadway By Storm in New TV Drama

You already know we LOVE Glee, but the previews for American Idol alum Katharine McPhee's new drama, Smash, have already set our music-loving hearts aflutter, too. http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/FgICboJmHao/extended-sneak-peek-of-smash-katharine-mcphee-does-broadway-in-new-tv-drama
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