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Stars Of NBC's 'Smash' Honor Marilyn Monroe On Anniversary Of Her Death

August 6th, 2012 8:22am EDT
Smash cast
On Sunday, the cast of "Smash" honored the 50th anniversary of the death of big screen icon Marilyn Monroe, who died of an overdose on Aug. 5, 2012.

The NBC television series centers on a fictional musical about the life of the "Gentleman Prefer Blondes" actress.

The cast, including Debra Messing, Megan Hilty and Christian Borle, took a break from filming on the New York City set and posed for photos, holding up a handmade sign that read, "Remembering Marilyn."

Messing also shared a Monroe quote on Twitter: "A career is wonderful thing, but you can't snuggle up to it on a cold night."

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'Smash' Season Finale – Let Karen Be Your Star

May 15th, 2012 2:17pm EDT
SMASH -- 'Bombshell' Episode 115
Previously on Smash: Movie star Rebecca Duvall ‘accidentally’ drank a smoothie laced with peanuts, and had a serious allergic reaction. Who will replace her when the show re-opens – Ivy or Karen?

“Break a leg!” The camera pans backstage, following someone who is about to take the stage. The chorus gets into place, the musicians tune up, and the curtain rises on ….

12 hours earlier: Julia, Tom, Derek and Eileen argue over the new song and ending to the show. They have the melody, rough lyrics, but no ‘Marilyn.’ They can’t afford to hold back the previews any longer. Derek storms out of the...
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'Smash' Recap – Who Put The Peanuts In Rebecca's Smoothie?

May 8th, 2012 2:18pm EDT
Smash Episode 14
Previously on Smash: Rebecca Duvall stole director Derek from under Ivy’s nose; Dev got the wrong answer when he proposed to Karen, and somehow ended up flirting drunkenly with Ivy; Michael Swift has been brought back to the show, despite Julia’s frantic pleas.

Welcome to Preview Week. Dev wakes up beside Ivy. Karen’s frantically trying to reach Dev, who stormed off after she turned down his proposal. Meanwhile, Jessica’s worried about Ivy, who confessed the previous night that she’d found out that Derek was sleeping with Rebecca. In Ivy’s bedroom, two phones ring – and Dev very nearly an...
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'Smash' Recap 113 'Tech': Swap Your Partners, One Two Three

May 1st, 2012 12:06pm EDT
Smash - Tech
Last week on Smash, things seemed to be looking up for Julia when husband Frank returned home, and for Eileen, who is getting closer to Nick. But Rebecca Duvall’s reign of terror continues, and Karen’s new friendship with Rebecca seems to be yet another excuse for Dev to get closer to RJ.

Everyone’s packing for Boston, where the tech week will begin. Tom serenades Sam with a piano version of “Another Opening, Another Show.” Julia snuggles with Frank, as son Leo teases that they’ve been at it for a week. It’s Karen’s first big show, and she’s like a kid in Candyland, completely in awe of th...
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'Smash' Recap: Rebecca's Gal Pal And Hooray For Bollywood

April 24th, 2012 1:11pm EDT
SMASH -- Publicity Episode 112
Last week on Smash: The famous Rebecca Duvall arrived, Karen found out that Dev had lost the Press Secretary job he wanted and was drowning his sorrows with colleague RJ, Julia’s son Leo was having problems at school, and Karen and Ivy reached a ceasefire over their mutual dislike of Rebecca.

This week on Smash: Karen’s called in for a meeting with Derek. Naturally, Evil Ellis just happens to be within eavesdropping distance. Derek apologizes for not spending more time with her, working on the musical. He thinks she’d make a brilliant Marilyn; he’s seen it, in his head. Unfortunately, Ivy ...
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'Smash' Recap: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Rebecca?

April 17th, 2012 12:54pm EDT
Smash
Karen’s so excited to be Rebecca Duvall’s understudy that she’s even wearing lip gloss. Sam wonders if Rebecca may be a little old to be playing ‘Marilyn;’ Marilyn Monroe was 36 when she died, and Rebecca is 36ish – ‘ish’ being the operative word. Julia notes that Sam and Tom have been flirting away for over a week, and suggests they actually have a real date. She calls a restaurant and sets them up a dinner reservation for 7pm that very evening.

Rebecca, with Eileen, Derek and entourage, arrive at the rehearsal space. Without warming up, Rebecca launches into “Let Me Be Your Star” in a br...
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'Smash' Recap – A Bucket Of Fire And A Glimpse Of Uma

April 10th, 2012 1:38pm EDT
SMASH 'Understudy' Uma Thurman as Rebecca Duvall
Last week on Smash – Ivy’s problems and prescription pill dependency caused her to make a fool of herself in the chorus of “Heaven on Earth.” Karen was there to help Ivy through. Julia’s husband Frank walked out after discovering Julia’s affair with Michael. Evil Ellis tried to weasel himself a co-producer title.

It’s a full house at the Rehearsal Space, as cast, chorus, production and prospective investors await the arrival of their star for a design presentation. Rebecca Duvall (Uma Thurman) is stuck in Cuba, and the investors are getting restless. Eileen is given two days to get her pre...
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'Smash' Recap: Karen And Ivy Drink To That In Times Square

April 3rd, 2012 11:12am EDT
SMASH - Hell on Earth
Everyone’s waking up with their honeys today, and preparing for the world. Both Karen and Ivy have auditions – wanna bet for the same job? – while Julia’s on her way to Tom’s. Tom’s reluctant to let John leave, until he finds out that John’s a Republican! Horrors!

As Frank looks for some adoption papers on Julia’s bed side table, he finds a song she’s written about her affair with Michael.

Sam is not impressed when Ivy tells him that she’s on several prescription drugs. It all started with the Prednisone for her throat, then a sleeping pill, then something for anxiety, and then another an...
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'Smash' Recap 'The Coup' – Mahatma Katie Saves The Show From Techno Popping

March 27th, 2012 12:30pm EDT
SMASH -- 'The Coup'
Previously on Smash – the workshop for Marilyn: The Musical did not receive the rave reviews expected. Derek, unhappy with Tom and Julia’s decision to fire Michael, and to replace Ivy with a ‘name’ star, determined to save the show. Julia and Michael broke up.

It’s been a few days since the workshop, and Ivy and the cast have not heard when or if they’ll be continuing to work on the musical. Even Tom and Julia have not heard from Eileen, who is ignoring their calls. Frank attempts to cheer up Julia, who is depressed and afraid the musical’s future is in jeopardy, by serenading her with a G...
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'Smash' Recap – Some Like It REALLY Hot

March 20th, 2012 12:50pm EDT
Smash - Megan Hilty as Ivy Lynn
Good morning! Outside the rehearsal studio, Julia and Michael exchange little smiles and a sly handclasp as Eileen and Derek arrive. Derek’s all business, barking out orders and comments. With a showcase to present to investors in one day, there’s no time for niceties.

Karen arrives at a studio to record a track for her meeting with hotshot Bobby Raskin. Her big stage voice is over powering, but when she tones it down to sing Colbie Caillat's "Brighter Than the Sun," the engineer is charmed. In fact, he thinks he loves her!

Julia and Michael can’t keep their hands off each other. When he ...
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'Smash' Recap – 'Chemistry' And History Are Made At Night

March 13th, 2012 12:20pm EDT
Smash
Ivy wakes up to a singer’s nightmare – she’s lost control of her higher notes, a condition commonly caused by strain. She puts on a happy face, rather than let Derek know the problem.

Eileen’s best backer, Ralph, is surprised that she’s only asking for $7 million; he says she’ll need $15 million if she’s taking “Marilyn: The Musical” to Broadway. She says that the $7 million is just to fund the workshop and an out of town try out. He’s not committing until he sees a rough workshop, but he’s intrigued. She’s surprised when Ellis comes by to report on the state of things at the rehearsal s...
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'Smash' Episode 5 – Karen Discovers Her Inner Marilyn While Ivy Droops

March 6th, 2012 2:00pm EST
Katharine McPhee as Karen Cartwright
Eileen’s busy day gets worse when her assistant Scott calls to tell her that he’s now working for Jerry, her ex-husband. Later, Ellis comes to Eileen’s rescue when she has trouble with her computer. Eileen realizes that Ellis has the inside scoop on Tom, and the status of the script.

As the chorus wait for rehearsal to start, Derek asks Karen to help him work out some choreography for the ‘Marilyn’ character. She is stiff and uncomfortable. Derek accuses her of being afraid of herself, and anything below her neck. They settle into a rhythm as Julia arrives, on the phone with Frank, who’s s...
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'Smash' Recap – Even Nick Jonas Can't Satisfy Diva Ivy

February 28th, 2012 12:16pm EST
Smash - The Cost of Art
It’s the first day of Workshop for the musical, and Karen is excited to be joining the other performers. Ivy’s friends in the ensemble aren’t impressed with new girl ‘Iowa,’ however, and treat her rudely. Speaking of rude, Julia snubs Ellis, and asks that he be moved to another desk. Michael assures Julia that everything will be fine, referring to the rehearsal, but she assumes he’s alluding to their past relationship. Eileen’s lawyer tells her that they can’t locate the money she needs for the workshop, as it is in escrow until the divorce is finalized.

Everyone cheers and applauds “Mar...
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'Smash' Episode 3 Recap - Secrets, Lies And Super Spies

February 21st, 2012 1:49pm EST
Smash
I’m struck this week with how key emotional scenes in this episode of 'Smash' have been staged at a different tempo from other television shows. There is a slower pace, and camera shots linger on faces for longer than one expects – the effect, overall, is of watching a televised theatre production. I also noticed a difference in the hair and makeup of certain characters, most especially with Debra Messing’s ‘Julia.’ The first two episodes seemed to favor a contemporary cosmetic approach, but this week had the look of classic Hollywood, circa 1940. For me, these changes bring a touch of clas...
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'Smash' Recap: Final Callback, And The Winner is…

February 14th, 2012 1:38pm EST
Smash Callback
Why are we rushing to the casting of ‘Marilyn’ in ‘Marilyn: the Musical’? Not saying that I wanted to draw out the process through the entire season, a la any of a zillion reality shows, but come on! Choosing Ivy over Karen, post director pounce … is that all there is?

Okay, I’m rushing. I’ll slow down. The second episode of the hotly anticipated ‘Smash’ had it’s ups and downs. Although primarily about the trials and tribulations of a Broadway musical production, we continued to have glimpses into the private lives of the main characters. Producer Eileen had a creepy encounter with her alm...
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'Smash' Is A Smash!

February 7th, 2012 11:47am EST
'SMASH' is a smash
“Overture, curtain, lights!“ “There’s a broken heart for every light on Broadway.” We know all the clichés, and, in a society awash with musical reality shows, we know that lightning can strike, and that the little, mousy, unknown with the big voice can be catapulted into overnight stardom.

Or so we’d like to think. In reality, it takes years of study, practice, and endless “go sees”, humbling auditions, and menial jobs to pay for training and those courses supposedly guaranteed to catapult the wannabe into the starring role.

“Smash” follows the story of two female triple-threat (singing,...
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'Smash' Review: 'Pilot' Lives Up To The Buzz

February 7th, 2012 1:57am EST
Smash
When I first heard of the idea for Smash, I thought, "How is this going to work?" The answer is, "Pretty fantastically, actually."

The general premise of the series comes together pretty quickly. While hopefuls Karen (Katherine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty) search for their big break, writing partners Julia (Debra Messing) and Tom (Christian Borle) talk about new ideas, and thanks to Tom's new assistant, they start mulling the idea of another Marilyn Monroe musical. Tom is a friend of Ivy's, and has her in mind for the lead, while Karen finds reassurance in her boyfriend Dev (former...
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Jack Davenport Takes Center Stage

January 30th, 2012 2:20pm EST
Smash
NBC's Smash is full of stars, but the one you don't know - that you should know - is British actor Jack Davenport.

In the ambitious new series (starting February 6 at 10), he plays Derek Wills, director of the Marilyn Monroe musical and not the kind of man who'll be winning a congeniality award anytime soon. Derek is complimentary one minute and cringeworthy the next. He's the kind of boss we'd all hate to have but whose results can't be dismissed either. It's a role where many actors could focus on the negative and make him a tyrannical, unlikeable mess. Davenport, however, brings ...
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NBC Announces New Fall TV Shows, 2011-12 Schedule

May 16th, 2011 11:30am EDT
The PlayBoy Club
NBC just introduced its 2011-12 primetime schedule, showcasing six new dramas and six new comedies from a roster of renowned hitmakers that includes Steven Spielberg, Lorne Michaels, Brian Grazer, Tom Werner, John Grisham and Peter Berg, among many others.

The season's new dramas are "Smash," "Prime Suspect," "The Playboy Club," "Awake," "Grimm" and "The Firm"; and the new comedies are "Up All Night," "Whitney," "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea," "Free Agents," "Best Friends Forever" and "Bent."

Returning shows include "Parenthood," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Harry's La...
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