Because apparently, TV can’t have enough shows featuring people singing, NBC is set to premiere the new musical drama Smash
sometime during Midseason 2012. If Glee
has taught us anything, it’s that there’s no shortage of drama among vocally gifted teens. Smash
appears to take things to the next level as the musical drama explores Broadway ambitions and life in the big city.
I still watch Glee
but I'm not entirely sure I need any more musical drama in my life right now. With that said, Smash
doesn't premiere until next year, which means there's time to look forward to this show. One of the biggest selling points (for me, anyway) is Angelica Huston. I’ve loved (and secretly feared) her since Witches
and can’t wait to see how she does in this new NBC series. American Idol
fans will also be interested to know that former contestant Katharine McPhee is starring in this series.
Below is NBC’s synopsis for the show and further down is a clip from the show.
Smash is a musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire -- to be a "Smash."
The series centers on a desire to create a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe -- written by the successful songwriting duo of Tom (Tony Award nominee Christian Borle, “Legally Blonde: The Musical”) and Julia (Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, Will & Grace).
Julia recently began the process of adopting a child with her husband of many years, but her focus is torn when she has the opportunity to write another Broadway hit. A rivalry soon forms for the lead role between a youthful, inexperienced Midwestern beauty (Katharine McPhee, American Idol) -- who is trying to find fame in the big city against all odds -- and stage veteran (Megan Hilty, 9 to 5: The Musical), who's determined to leave the chorus line and finally get her big break.
A tenacious producer Eileen (Oscar winner, Anjelica Huston, Prizzi’s Honor) discovers the "Marilyn" project and jumps on board with a brilliant director (Jack Davenport, Pirates of the Caribbean films) -- whose talent is matched by his cunning and egocentric amorality.
The series stemmed from an idea of executive producer and multiple Emmy and Oscar winner Steven Spielberg (ER, Schindler’s List). The pilot was written by acclaimed playwright/screenwriter Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius, NYPD Blue). Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Oscar-winning Chicago, Hairspray) and Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (United States of Tara, The Borgias) will also serve as executive producers. Original songs are written by Tony and Grammy Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can), who also serve as executive producers. Smash is a production of Universal Media Studios in association with DreamWorks. The pilot was directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot).
Smash will begin airing Mondays at 10/9c on NBC this Midseason 2012.
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