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Smash Season 2 Episode 9 “The Parents”

Smash season 2 Episode 9 “The Parents” airs Tuesday April 2 on NBC (9-11:00 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis: Smash Season 2 Episode 9 “The Parents” – After Leigh Conroy (guest star Bernadette Peters) joins the cast of “Bombshell,” Tom (Christian Borle) finds himself struggling to diffuse the years of tension between her and Ivy (Megan Hilty). Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) and Karen’s (Katharine McPhee) connection is threatened by both Ana’s (Krysta Rodriguez) newfound success and an unexpected visitor. Derek (Jack Davenport) learns more about Jimmy’s past just as the public sees their first piece of “Hit List.” Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Andy Mientus also star. Jesse L. Martin and Bernadette Peters guest star. READ MORE...

Smash Season 2 Episode 8 “The Bells and Whistles”

Smash season 2 Episode 8 “The Bells and Whistles” airs Tuesday March 26 on NBC (9-11:00 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis: Smash Season 2 Episode 8 “The Bells and Whistles” – When Ivy (Megan Hilty) brings Sam (Leslie Odom, Jr.), back to town, Tom (Christian Borle) finds himself in an awkward situation. Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) and Derek (Jack Davenport) clash over their vision for “Hit List,” while both Ana (Krysta Rodriguez) and Karen (Katharine McPhee) struggle to stand up for what they want. Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston and Andy Mientus also star. Jesse L. Martin, Jamey Sheridan and Daphne Rubin-Vega guest star. READ MORE...

Debra Messing's CBS pilot is more bad news for 'Smash'

Debra Messing has landed the lead in an untitled CBS comedy pilot essentially confirming what the entire TV industry already knows: NBC's "Smash" is dead.Messing will star as a fortysomething mother of three who can't stop telling lies -- big lies and little lies -- to balance her hectic life, relationships and responsibilities. The concept is based on an Israeli series and the American version will be overseen by Emmy-nominated "Sex and the City" writers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky, who also worked on "Smash."The show marks a return to half-hour comedy for Messing, who won an Emmy for "Will & Grace" in 2003 before going on to headline USA's miniseries-turned-series "The Starter Wife."Meanwhile, NBC's "Smash" will air two more episodes in its Tuesday timeslot before being exiled to Saturday nights to finish off a disastrously low-rated Season 2. Season-to-date "Smash" is averaging 3.36 million viewers and a 0.9 in the 18-49 demo.Messing's role on...

FNC's 'The 'O'Reilly Factor' Beats NBC's 'Go On', 'The New Normal' and 'Smash' in Total Viewers

Scripted cable dramas and reality shows are frequently beating broadcast network primetime programming this season. Last night, a cable news program managed to outperform much of NBC's primetime line up in Total Viewers.  More people tuned into FNC's The O'Reilly Factor (2.92 million P2+) than Go On (2.87 million P2+), The New Normal (2.11 million [...]

'Smash' Christian Borle: 'My hair is totally different' in Season 2

Zap2it: You have done eight shows on Broadway, so how realistic is "Smash" as far as the behind-the-scenes action?Christian Borle: It is pretty real. The stakes are accurate; the passion everyone has for it is dead-on. And what is exciting about this season, the reboot of it, there is so much more focus on musicals. The details are great. And I was so happy to see in the script something so specific to the gypsy robe ceremony where the person who has been in the ensemble the most times receives the gypsy robe and walks in a counterclockwise circle around the stage. It has patches from every show that season. They are usually big patches like a quilted version of the show poster.Zap2it: How does the second season feel different?Christian Borle: My hair is different; let's start there. My hair is totally different. I think there is still, given the backdrop and the dedication to...

Smash Season 2 Episode 7 “Musical Chairs”

Smash season 2 Episode 7 “Musical Chairs” airs Tuesday March 19 on NBC (9-11:00 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis: Smash Season 2 Episode 7 “Musical Chairs” – New circumstances give rise to conflicts as Karen (Katharine McPhee), Tom (Christian Borle), Julia (Debra Messing) and Derek (Jack Davenport) adjust to their new surroundings. Tensions at “Liaisons” are also coming to a boil, ensuring that the show will find its place in Broadway history. Meanwhile, Eileen (Anjelica Huston) may have found the key to saving “Bombshell” with the help of her daughter, Katie (guest star Grace Gummer). Megan Hilty, Jeremy Jordan and Andy Mientus also star. Sean Hayes, Jesse L. Martin, Daniel Sunjata and Grace Gummer guest star. READ MORE...

First Look: Smash Goes to the Tonys

The struggling Smash , which NBC is moving to Saturdays starting April 6, will close out its second (and likely final) season in late May or early June by sending the main characters to the Tony Awards. A trip to Broadway's big night "was part of the pitch that got me the job," says executive producer Josh Safran , who took over as showrunner this season. "It's an event that doesn't necessarily ­require you to be nominated to be there. People attend, perform and present awards. And there is a song that involves the entire lead cast."

'Smash' and 'The Amazing Race' Among GLAAD Award Winners

The NBC musical show was dubbed Outstanding Drama Series at the March 16 event, where Anderson Cooper was honored with Vito Russo Award.

'Smash' Producers 'Disappointed' by Viewership, Stars Urge Fans to Rally

With NBC's struggling musical drama moving to Saturdays, executive producer Neil Meron says, "The future is still up in the air."

'Smash' moves to Saturdays as NBC shakes up its spring schedule

NBC has flown the white flag on "Smash," moving the show to Saturdays to play out the rest of its season.The move, which is effective April 6, banishes the show to the least-watched night of the week -- where, incidentally, its first Saturday airing will come opposite the NCAA Final Four on CBS. The network will also ship "Go On" from Tuesday to Thursday nights for its final two episodes of the season, with dating show "Ready for Love" taking over the vacant Tuesday real estate starting April 9."Go On" and "Smash" will continue in their current spots for the next couple of weeks. NBC also makes a point to note that "Smash" will finish out its 17-episode season after the move to Saturday.Meanwhile, "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" will keep airing two-hour episodes for most of its run, with the exception of March 31 and April 7, when one-hour episodes will follow encores of "The Voice."Here's...