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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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TV Ratings: Grammys On Top

February 14th, 2012 9:22pm EST
54th Annual GRAMMY Awards
The Grammy Awards attracted a stunning 39.9 million viewers on Sunday, the second-biggest tally in the award show’s history. A number of factors likely contributed to this, not the least of which is Whitney Houston’s death over the weekend. Jennifer Hudson’s soul-stirring rendition of “I Will Always Love You” was a highlight. But that’s no discredit to the red-hot Adele, who took home six awards and gave a show-stopping performance of her own.

Nothing came close to the Grammys’ ratings territory, but ‘American Idol’ held fairly steady from last week, capturing the third and fourth slots of...
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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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My 10 Celebrity Valentines For 2012

February 13th, 2012 11:00am EST
Adam Levine
Valentine's Day is almost upon us. I don't have a valentine this year, but I'd like to give a few out to 10 celebs whose work I have particular affection for.

1. Adam Levine

My favorite The Voice coach is someone I'll always admire, and deservedly so: he has more hardware than a Home Depot. This past year alone, he and Maroon 5 scored their first American Music Award, a People's Choice Award and a Grammy nomination. I totally concur with my friend Jesse Blaze Snider, who referred to them as a band "with three near-perfect albums." (And a fourth on the way, reportedly due in June.)

Now,...
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Katharine Mcphee Regrets Missing Out On Role In 'The Hangover'

February 7th, 2012 9:30pm EST
Katharine McPhee
Singer/actress Katharine McPhee is still kicking herself after losing out on the chance to play Justin Bartha's fiancee in box office smash hit The Hangover.

The American Idol star auditioned to play bride-to-be Tracy Billings in the 2009 comedy but McPhee admits the test failed to win over director Todd Phillips - and the role went to former model Sasha Barrese.

She tells People.com, "It was between me and the girl who got it... I didn't get it, but I went all the way. I would have loved to play that part."

However, the 27 year old, who now stars in sure-to-be hit Smash, didn't hold a g...
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'Smash' Star Katharine McPhee: 'In Episode Five I Take Off All My Clothes'

February 7th, 2012 5:00pm EST
Katharine McPhee GQ
Katharine McPhee takes center stage in NBC's new show Smash, and the sexy star has three big reasons everyone should be watching - especially all the guys out there whose girlfriends want them to share the experience.

She tells the March issue of GQ magazine, "Okay, how about this: What if I tell your readers that in episode five I take off all my clothes?"

While Katharine is only joking, she does reveal that the show is more than just a musical drama and guys shouldn't be intimidated or think it's like that other music show on rival Fox.

"I can understand why guys wouldn't be into Glee....
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Q&A: 'Justified's' Erica Tazel - A Star On And Off-Screen

February 7th, 2012 4:50pm EST
Justified
Timothy Olyphant might be the star of FX's Justified, but he's far from the only one. Actress Erica Tazel has made the most out of her first series regular role as the no-nonsense Rachel Brooks.

From the pilot episode, Rachel has proven an effective balance to Raylan's more outside-the-lines approach, and we've seen their relationship grow along with her character. One of the highlights of season two came in "For Blood or Money" where we got to learn a lot more about Rachel, who has become one of Justified's most pleasant surprises, and that's because it's obvious how much thought a...
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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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Martin Short Is 'The Burning Beekeeper' On New 'HIMYM'

February 7th, 2012 8:12am EST
himym
How I Met Your Mother returned with a new episode last night, kicking off sweeps month for CBS. Expectations are running high, with HIMYM in its highest ratings season ever. Things got a little more crowded on Monday nights as the second season of The Voice moved into its new timeslot across the dial on NBC. The Peacock went for the bold move of premiering the singing reality competition right after Super Bowl XLVI, and over 40 million people stuck around after the game to watch. It will certainly be one of the more interesting ratings showdowns of the season.

Last night’s episode, “Th...
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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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Steven Spielberg Struggled To Sell 'Smash'

January 17th, 2012 9:29am EST
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg spent five years trying to bring his new TV drama Smash to the small screen because the concept failed to win over network executives.

The Jaws director came up with the idea of a series set behind-the-scenes of a Broadway show, and teamed with his Dreamworks Television company and writer Theresa Rebeck to turn his vision into a program.

However, despite Spielberg's power in Hollywood, it took years to persuade TV executives to take on the show - until NBC entertainment boss Bob Greenblatt agreed to commission the series.

Spielberg tells Access Hollywood, "I came up w...
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Katharine McPhee Remembers Hollywood Backstabbing As She Stars In NBC's 'Smash'

January 10th, 2012 10:00am EST
Katharine McPhee Smash
American Idol singer Katharine McPhee now stars on NBC’s new drama Smash. She plays an aspiring theater actor auditioning for musical about Marilyn Monroe. The drama of the show ranges from backstage backstabbing to her character’s day job to make ends meet. Those are familiar Hollywood stories, and McPhee lived them herself.

“I think the stereotype is there for a reason,” McPhee told the Television Critics Association on Friday. “I have worked in a restaurant. I wouldn’t say there was backstabbing but there was a time when I was testing for a film and I had an actor who was reading opposi...
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5 New Mid-Season Television Shows To Check Out...Or Not

January 2nd, 2012 10:00am EST
The Firm
Every Jan. 1, I heave a sigh of relief because I not only made it through another year and survived the frenzied stress of the holiday season but also because mid-season television shows will be unveiled. Like Christmas presents from an adoring aunt, mid-season shows can be just what you need or exactly what you don't.

Check out five new shows you may or may not want to check out:

The Firm (NBC)

NBC took John Grisham’s best-selling novel and big screen hit, “The Firm,” and continued the story in the spin-off of the same name. It follows Mitch McDeere, the Memphis lawyer who brought ...
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Season 2 Of 'The Voice' To Premiere After The Super Bowl

August 1st, 2011 1:05pm EDT
The Voice
NBC will use television's biggest stage following Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, February 5, 2012, to unveil the second-season premiere of "The Voice" (10-11 p.m. ET; time approximate) followed the next night with the debut of the much-anticipated "Smash" (10-11 p.m. ET) on Monday, February 6.

"The Voice" also will premiere in its regular day and time on the following night, Monday, February 6 (8-10 p.m. ET).

"The Voice" is a vocal competition series modeled after Holland's top-rated vocal talent discovery show, "The Voice of Holland." Hosted again in its second season by Carson Daly, the sh...
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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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