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The brainchild of Steven Spielberg, the hour-long drama was supposed to depict the development of a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe from the perspective of both its creators and the actresses vying for the lead. A talented ensemble cast, including Debra Messing and Angelica Huston, converges with catchy music from the songwriting team behind Hairspray and a frank depiction of the brutal New York theatre machine. Unfortunately, in practice, the parts don't all work.
NBC is gearing up for Season 2 of Smash, which means it is the time of year fans get to relive some of their favorite moments on DVD. To celebrate, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has put together some of the spiciest, sexiest moments from Season 1, highlighting the two actresses vying for the role of the lovely Marilyn, and even showing us a few of Season 1’s most fun musical numbers.
Every major network listens to hundreds of television pitches each year. A small percentage of those receive a script order, a small percentage of those receive a pilot order, a small percentage of those actually get picked up, and hilariously, an overwhelming majority of those are still not very good. Most new television programs barely make it the full season let alone get picked up for another go around. Fortunately, there are always a dozen or so that somehow navigate through all of those trappings and actually work.
With 2013 right around the corner, it's time to start looking ahead at the winter TV season. We've begun gathering the return and season/series premiere dates for many of the network and cable TV shows, including Community, Smash, Touch and some of the new shows (The Following, Do No Harm and Banshee).
The nominations for the 2013 Golden Globes are in, and while there aren't a lot of huge surprises among the list of TV nominees, things weren't exactly status quo either. In fact, only two of the five nominated dramas are repeats from last year. And the same goes for the comedies, which may make both categories a bit trickier to predict.
Smash’s first season ended on some high notes, as well as some low ones, which is kind of fitting, since Season 1 as a whole had some high notes, including the face-off between Ivy and Karen, among others, and low notes, including the whole Julia and her affair plotline and the twisted love triangle she wove. Overall, the show was good enough for NBC to bring it back for Season 2, but needless to say, some changes will be woven into the overall thread of the series.
The return of Smash happens in a matter of months and in anticipation of the second season premiere of NBC's musical drama, the network has released pretty sizable glimpse of Season 2, which offers a look at some of the new characters and the return of some familiar faces. Check it out ahead to see what's coming up for the Broadway drama.
With the exception of an episode of Drop Dead Diva and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Liza Minnelli's scripted television appearances in the last decade have been limited to one very memorable role. She played the dizzy Lucille Austero, the frenemy of Lucille Bluth. She's expected to reprise the role when Arrested Development returns for its highly anticipated fourth season next year. And it looks like we'll also be seeing Minnelli on NBC's Smash.
Earlier, we shared the good news that NBC had finally set the new return date for Community. Sure, we have to wait until February, which seems like a long time to wait, considering it was supposed premiere this month, but on the bright side, the show has landed a Thursday night time slot. Community isn't the only series with a return date. NBC set the season premieres for Smash, Celebrity Apprentice and the fourth season of The Voice.
NBC’s Broadway-focused drama, about one girl trying to make it on the big, wide stage and another girl determined to stop her, is finally coming to DVD, although fans will still have a while to wait before they can get the Season 1 set into their hands. Smash: Season 1 will be hitting DVD on January 8, 2013.
One of the many great things about NBC's musical drama Smash was Bernadette Peters, who guest starred in the series' first season last winter. Word is, the Broadway and film star will be back in the drama's second season, which is set to premiere on NBC next year.
Smash continues to add big names to Season 2. This time it’s Law & Order actor Jesse L. Martin, who brings more to the role than the average TV actor, as he’s actually a Broadway veteran as well. Smash is looking to raise the bar for a second season that it expected to see some changes.
It looks like Smash will be having itself a mini-Will & Grace reunion. The musical drama series returns next winter for its second season, and with it comes a guest appearance by Sean Hayes, who will reunite with his Will & Grace co-star Debra Messing for a multi-episode arc. And it sounds like a funny role.
We have until Midseason 2013 to wait for NBC's Smash to return for its second season. Until then, those of us who enjoyed the Broadway-focused musical-drama series will have to rely on the casting news and other updates to tide us over during the hiatus. Today, that comes in the form of two actors who are being added to the cast as series regulars, one of whom has already appeared numerous times in the series' first season.
Andy Mientus is set to join Smash during Season 2. Mientus has been involved with such theatrical productions as Spring Awakening! and Carrie in the past. On the NBC show, the actor will play Kyle, a writer who has not yet made his mark but dreams of creating Broadway hits