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In the era of The Voice and Glee, executive producers Steven Spielberg and Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, and songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, bring you the blood, sweat, and tears of the making of a Broadway musical.
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Dec 21, 2015 9:29AM EST
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We all knew Work It had a short shelf life from the jump, but Smash was going to be something different. Yes, it was risky. But Glee had proven that niche genres can break through on television if their smart and different enough. Glee’s star may have dimmed since its debut, but Smash’s Broadway lights never got any power.

The songs were a little too generic, though there were some sleepers produced. The guest spots never really generated any buzz, and most were given boring characters. (Poor Uma Thurman without her Tarantino!) Megan Hilty broke out, but she was never the lead, and the lead Katherine McPhee never popped off the screen. To doubt that she could ever be Marilyn Monroe, when she was supposed to be the protagonist we were rooting for, is never a good sign. And this is coming from someone who loves most musicals and even owns the soundtracks to both Camp Rocks.

At least the Hollywood Foreign Press showed them some love.

We all knew Work It had a short shelf life from the jump, but Smash was going to be something different. Yes, it was risky. But Glee had proven that niche genres can break through on television if their smart and different enough. Glee’s star may have dimmed since its debut, but Smash’s Broadway lights never got any power.

The songs were a little too generic, though there were some sleepers produced. The guest spots never really generated any buzz, and most were given boring characters. (Poor Uma Thurman without her Tarantino!) Megan Hilty broke out, but she was never the lead, and the lead Katherine McPhee never popped off the screen. To doubt that she could ever be Marilyn Monroe, when she was supposed to be the protagonist we were rooting for, is never a good sign. And this is coming from someone who loves most musicals and even owns the soundtracks to both Camp Rocks.

At least the Hollywood Foreign Press showed them some love.

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Sep 6, 2015 10:08AM EDT
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Singing is good, smash is terrible. It began well but then got completely nuts and it's too bad. Looks like Glee except it's all about drama.

Singing is good, smash is terrible. It began well but then got completely nuts and it's too bad. Looks like Glee except it's all about drama.

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Jul 30, 2015 5:39PM EDT
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Between the music and the drama, my friends and I describe "Smash" as "Glee" for adults. I would LOVE to see the musical they create within the show.

Between the music and the drama, my friends and I describe "Smash" as "Glee" for adults. I would LOVE to see the musical they create within the show.

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Jun 6, 2015 9:21PM EDT
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A good show. Ended in the right time, even though I thought it would last one season. The second one surprised me with its quality.

A good show. Ended in the right time, even though I thought it would last one season. The second one surprised me with its quality.

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May 8, 2015 6:55PM EDT
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LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Glee for adults - but with more original songs. I want to see both the musicals from this series live!!!!!!!!!!!! Wish it hadn't ended.

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Glee for adults - but with more original songs. I want to see both the musicals from this series live!!!!!!!!!!!! Wish it hadn't ended.

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Apr 6, 2015 2:57PM EDT
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I loved it, because it's about music and is one of the rarest TV shows which shows you a bit of how the process in music business goes around. Not only from the singers perspective, but also from composers and lyricists ...
I also loved the characters, the singers and the music.
If you're a musical fan, you'll love it!

I loved it, because it's about music and is one of the rarest TV shows which shows you a bit of how the process in music business goes around. Not only from the singers perspective, but also from composers and lyricists ...
I also loved the characters, the singers and the music.
If you're a musical fan, you'll love it!

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Mar 24, 2015 3:02PM EDT
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Great show lots of catchy songs lots of drama and a great cast just one problem two seasons weren't enough!

Great show lots of catchy songs lots of drama and a great cast just one problem two seasons weren't enough!

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Feb 23, 2015 8:35PM EST
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The first season was AMAMAMAMAMAMAAAAAZING!!!! I still can get over the 20th Century Fox Mambo....

The first season was AMAMAMAMAMAMAAAAAZING!!!! I still can get over the 20th Century Fox Mambo....

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Feb 14, 2015 10:41AM EST
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Tv-series can bring out so many feelings. Music is known to bring out more. Smash is a combination of the two and has therefore settled down near my heart. I saw Smash about a year ago, and I still feel so much just by listening to the soundtracks.

Tv-series can bring out so many feelings. Music is known to bring out more. Smash is a combination of the two and has therefore settled down near my heart. I saw Smash about a year ago, and I still feel so much just by listening to the soundtracks.

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Jan 11, 2015 7:48AM EST
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I absolutely loved the show!
It's a glee for adults. The singing is great. They give new twists to songs we already know and also provide new ones that I played and sung for days. The story shows the hard side of broadway and someone trying to make it there. The highs and the lows.

I absolutely loved the show!
It's a glee for adults. The singing is great. They give new twists to songs we already know and also provide new ones that I played and sung for days. The story shows the hard side of broadway and someone trying to make it there. The highs and the lows.