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Don’t Move To New York City Based Solely On What You See On TV: A User’s Guide

July 28th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
Don’t Move To New York City Based Solely On What You See On TV:
As a born and bred New Yorker, I’m drawn to shows about my city, taking comfort in the familiar sights and settings; yet I often find myself asking, “Did the writers of some of these shows ever step foot in Manhattan?”

I can shake off the inconsistencies, but I sometimes wonder about all the people saving their babysitting and paper route money hoping to someday move to the Big Apple hoping to mirror the glamorous life seen on the small screen.

Hence, a guide to separating fact from fiction:

‘Smash’ only lasted two seasons, but it was long enough to get your hopes up that moving here wo...
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Michael Morris Exits TV Project Following Kissing Scandal With Katharine McPhee

October 26th, 2013 8:50am EDT
Katharine McPhee
After married director Michael Morris was photographed kissing actress Katharine McPhee, he decided to drop out of directing an upcoming TV pilot.

Earlier this week, the "Smash" director got intimate with his former leading lady in Los Angeles, reportedly prompting his wife of 10 years, actress Mary McCormack, to kick him out. They have three daughters together.

The cheating scandal has apparently effected his professional life as well as his personal one.  He was scheduled to direct "Songbyrd" with his "Smash" executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. The series will be loosely bas...
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Mary McCormack Kicks Husband Out Of Home Over Kissing Scandal?

October 24th, 2013 9:05am EDT
Mary McCormack
Mary McCormack has booted her husband Michael Morris out of their home after he was caught on camera kissing Katharine McPhee, according to a report.

Smash director Morris was photographed smooching the show's lead actress in Los Angeles, sparking misunderstanding over the state of their respective marriages.

Reports since editors at TMZ.com published the image online suggest McPhee quietly split from her husband of five years, actor/producer Nick Cokas, earlier this year; however Morris was assumed to still be living with McCormack, his wife of 10 years and the mother of his three daug...
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NBC Cancels 'The New Normal' And 'Smash' From Lineup

May 11th, 2013 12:30pm EDT
Smash
As expected NBC announced the cancellation of two shows in its current lineup.

Ryan Murphy's The New Normal and musical drama Smash are the latest victims of TV cuts.

Network bosses are currently choosing which series to continue and which to axe, and the Glee creator's gay family comedy is one of the unlucky ones.

The NBC show starred Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells as a same-sex couple who have a baby via surrogate, but it won't be taken to season two.

Smash, which featured Katharine McPhee as a performer fighting to make her way on Broadway, has also been canceled by bosses at NBC,...
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Jack Davenport Previews Season 2 Of NBC's 'Smash'

February 19th, 2013 10:15am EST
Smash
NBC's Smash is back, and the showstopping drama has gotten even bigger, with new faces, new songs, and of course, more big musical numbers. BFTV recently caught up with the fantastic Jack Davenport - who plays the show's most dynamic character, intense director Derek Wills - to get a look at what's going on in season two of Smash.

Fans know that the show underwent a massive overhaul between seasons, with creator Theresa Rebeck departing and handing the reins over to Josh Safran (of Gossip Girl), and numerous characters being both axed and added. It sounded like a big deal at the time, but ...
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Katharine McPhee And Jennifer Hudson Never Talked 'Idol' On 'Smash'

February 5th, 2013 8:04pm EST
NBC's Smash
Smash returns for its second season tonight with special guest star Jennifer Hudson. Hudson is the second former American Idol to appear on Smash. The show stars Katharine McPhee as a regular, but McPhee said they never talked Idol when Hudson guested on Smash.

“It never came up, no,” McPhee told the Television Critics Association in January. “We just were there for something entirely separate from where we started. It’s not a natural thing that you’d think would just come up in conversation. I was happy to have her on the show and pretty much for most part we just did the work and then I ...
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Check Out 'Smash' Season 1 On DVD With Ultraviolet Jan. 8

January 5th, 2013 6:58am EST
Smash season 1
"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 first season centers on a desire to create a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe - written by the successful songwriting duo of Tom (Christian Borle) and Julia (Debra Messing). 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 ...
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First Look: Season 2 Trailer of NBC's 'Smash'

November 20th, 2012 2:40pm EST
First Look: Season 2 Trailer of NBC's 'Smash'
NBC has just given us an extended trailer and first look up its upcoming second season of 'Smash.'

The two-hour Season Premiere of 'Smash' will air Tuesday, February 5 (9-11 p.m. ET)- that is if the Mayans are wrong.

In Season 2, the “Bombshell” team is one step closer to achieving their Broadway dream. The series stars Katharine McPhee, Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, Jack Davenport, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty and Krysta Rodriguez. New roles in the second season will also include Jennifer Hudson, Jesse L. Martin, Jeremy Jordan, and Sean Hayes.

Check out the clip below and sound off if...
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Liza Minnelli To Guest Star On 'Smash'

November 13th, 2012 6:31pm EST
Liza Minnelli
Singer/actress Liza Minnelli is heading to the small screen to make a guest appearance on hit music drama Smash.

The TV show revolves around the creation of a Broadway musical and now producers have recruited real-life theatre icon Minnelli to star and perform an original song with actor Christian Borle during an episode entitled The Surprise Party, which will air next spring.

Executive Robert Greenblatt says, "Liza Minnelli is the essence of a multi-talented, singular show business sensation, particularly for her extraordinary contributions to Broadway. So what could be more fitting th...
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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."

H...
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Jennifer Hudson Lands Guest Spot On 'Smash'

June 25th, 2012 8:56am EDT
Jennifer Hudson
The multi-talented Jennifer Hudson is returning to her TV roots with a guest appearance on NBC musical series "Smash." Hudson will join another "American Idol" alumni on the show - Katherine McPhee.

Hudson began her entertainment career in 2004 as a contestant on "Idol." She followed this up with a starring role in the 2006 film "Dreamgirls," for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award.

She's returning to the small screen to play a Tony-Award winning Broadway star in "Smash," which focuses on the world of New York's theatre district.

According to the series' executive produ...
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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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NBC Hopes More Comedies, Expanded 'Voice' Will Help Turn Around The Network

May 14th, 2012 9:35am EDT
Matthew Perry Go On
Yesterday NBC announced its 2012-13 primetime schedule, which includes several new comedies and a few more dramas.

Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, explained, "We've taken a few first steps toward a turnaround over this past season and now we're seeing a real opportunity to accelerate that process. We've got a lineup of new shows that will really get people to sit up and take notice.

"And with the Olympics coming this summer and two nights of 'The Voice' in the fall, we've also got the tools we need to give our shows the kind of launch they deserve."

Highlights include a...
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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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Debra Messing Opens Up About End Of Her 10 Year Marriage

May 4th, 2012 3:19pm EDT
Debra Messing
Actress Debra Messing has opened up about her split from husband Daniel Zelman, calling the decision to end their 10-year marriage "traumatic".

The Will & Grace star secretly separated from screenwriter Zelman last year, but the pair continued to act as a couple for the sake of its eight-year-old son Roman, even moving from Los Angeles to New York together so Messing could shoot her new TV show Smash.

However, the actress, who met Zelman in college in 1990, confesses the dissolution of their partnership was not easy, especially as it coincided with a big career move.

She tells Ladies ...
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Nick Jonas Says He's 'Just Friends' With 'Smash' Star Megan Hilty

May 3rd, 2012 8:32am EDT
Nick Jonas
Singer/actor Nick Jonas has laughed off rumors he's found love with Smash's Megan Hilty.

The Jonas Brothers star played a romantic interest for the blonde beauty's character when he recently made a guest appearance in the hit TV musical.

The duo fuelled rumors of a budding relationship when they were spotted enjoying dinner together in New York last month, but Jonas has assured his legion of female fans he's still a bachelor, and insists his relationship with Hilty is strictly platonic.

He tells EOnline.com, "We are just friends. And I'm enjoying being a single man here in New York, b...
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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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Megan Hilty Talks 'Smash,' Season Finale And Other Juicy Drama

April 24th, 2012 6:16pm EDT
Megan Hilty
The star studded NBC musical drama Smash has made a lot of people take a closer look at Megan Hilty. The Broadway star was known to theater buffs and familiar from some television acting, but Smash showed everyone in their living rooms what she was fully capable of. She plays Ivy, the theater veteran who landed the role of Marilyn Monroe in a musical, and isn’t so nice to other young actors like Karen (Katherine McPhee).

At least Ivy was the star until a few weeks ago. The drama of Smash just keeps getting juicier as Uma Thurman guests as a movie star hired to help the Marilyn musical’s fi...
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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' Star Megan Hilty Lands Her First Record Deal

March 27th, 2012 9:05am EDT
Megan Hilty
Broadway star Megan Hilty's new TV hit "Smash" has helped land the actress/singer a recording deal.

The star has been snapped up by Sony bosses after wowing TV critics as needy diva Ivy Lynn, opposite Katharine McPhee, in the drama.

Hilty tells Life & Style magazine, "I just got my first record contract with Sony, so we just started doing demo music this week. I'm totally stoked. It's been so many dreams coming true for me!"
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Debra Messing Wins Back Twitter Name

March 22nd, 2012 11:14pm EDT
Debra Messing
Actress Debra Messing is celebrating after winning back her Twitter.com tag from an Internet impostor.

The Smash star has been slow in adapting to the social networking craze, but Messing was recently forced to sign up for the microblogging site in a bid to protect fans from misleading fraudsters.

She says, "I knew nothing about Twitter and I had a girlfriend of mine email me and say, 'I have been talking to you for three weeks over Twitter and I didn't know it wasn't you! It's somebody posing as you.' And I thought, 'What?'

"And it turned out there were six people posing as me! And I th...
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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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Bernadette Peters Desperate For 'Glee' Role

March 16th, 2012 2:46pm EDT
Bernadette Peters
Veteran Broadway star Bernadette Peters is baffled she hasn't appeared in TV hit Glee, as producers once offered her a role on the show.

The actress is a big fan of the musical comedy, and she was delighted when she was heard she would be offered a part.

Peters, who stars in TV stage drama Smash, was further thrilled when she was name-checked on the show, but she is still waiting for producers to come up with a character for her.

She says, "It's funny because when they first started, they said they were going to ask me. And they've mentioned my name in the show! But I guess they still...
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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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10 Favorite Small Screen Scene-Stealers

March 12th, 2012 2:00pm EDT
neil patrick harris
I once had dreams of becoming an Emmy-Winning actress, but thanks to a traumatizing audition for a middle school drama club and being roughly a few inches shy of Snooki-esque shortness, those dreams never panned out. I’m happy to leave the acting to the professionals, and admire their work as a fan and critic. For this television-aholic, there’s nothing better than beholding a great actor who steals every frame of their scenes.

Here is a list of my favorite scene-stealers:

Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother”

Neil Patrick Harris’ portrayal of Barney Stinson, the suit-lovi...
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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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