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Smash Preview: It's Karen vs. Ivy in Episode 2 "Callbacks"

Ivy and Karen both ended the series premiere of Smash this week on a high note.  It's clear that both women would be sensational in the role of Marilyn Monroe in Tom and Julia's musical.  But, of course, only one of them can win.  Will Smash reveal the winner by the end of next week's episode? In the upcoming February 13 episode of Smash , both girls get another callback.  Only this time the powers that be want to see Ivy and Karen sing and dance during the audition.  Since we've already seen Ivy perform the "baseball number" in the pilot, it's clear that she's got the chops for the role, but will Karen be equally as good? Read More...

TV ratings: 'The Voice' gets a Super Bowl bump, 'Smash' opens well and NBC wins Monday

Fast National ratings for Monday, Feb. 6, 2012The time-period premiere of "The Voice" Monday night got a good post-Super Bowl bump, recording its biggest audience ever for a regularly scheduled episode. The lead-in also helped the premiere of "Smash" win its time period at 10 p.m., giving NBC its first non-Olympics sweep of a Monday night in more than three years.Elsewhere, FOX's "Alcatraz" took a hit in the face of the heavier competition, and "Two and a Half Men" and "Mike & Molly" were also somewhat below average for CBS. "The Bachelor" was steady for ABC, but "Castle" was down from its last original episode.NBC averaged 15.6 million viewers and a 9.1 rating/14 share in households in primetime, beating second-place CBS (10.8 million, 6.7/10) by close to 5 million viewers. ABC (8.4 million, 5.5/8) finished third. FOX took fourth with 7 million viewers and a 4.2/6, while The CW (1.4 million, 1.0/1) was even with...

Watch! Smash's Sexy Baseball Number With Marilyn Monroe: Megan Hilty's Ivy is a Home Run (VIDEO)

You wanted a musical about Marilyn Monroe? Well... there's got to be a baseball number. Smash's Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) really hits it out of the park with this one. It's sexy, full of innuendo, and totally over the top. And do you know what? We kind of love it.
Smash premiere. Original airdate: Monday, February 7, 2012 at 10 PM on NBC

Watch! Katharine McPhee's Karen and Megan Hilty's Ivy Sing "Let Me Be Your Star" in the Smash Premiere (VIDEO)

But only one of them can be the star. Who will it be?
Original airdate: Monday, February 6, 2012 at 10 PM on NBC

Promo for Smash Episode 2: "Callbacks" - It's Ivy vs. Karen! (VIDEO)

It's  Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) vs. Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee) for the coveted role of Marilyn Monroe. Only one can get the part, but who will it be? Episode 2 of Smash is coming next week!
Original airdate: Monday, February 13, 2012 at 10 PM on NBC

'Smash': Why we're giving NBC's musical drama a callback

It may not be possible for any show to live up to the massive amount of hype NBC gave "Smash." But when you take away the millions of TV spots and billboards and the rest of the promotional avalanche, the show still has to be good. "Smash" is good.When we first watched the pilot back in the summer, one of the first things we said was, "Man, this is a really well-produced show." There's a polish to "Smash" that not a lot of shows have, especially in their first time out. As we got into it, though, what stood out more is how well-drawn several of the characters are at the outset. It's a pilot, so of course we're not going too deep in 43 or so minutes. But characters like Debra Messing's Julia and Christian Borle's Tom, Jack Davenport's Derek and Megan Hilty's Ivy, feel lived-in, and it feels very much like their relationships...

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...

'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...  

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...

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...