Two hour premiere.
By: Valerie Milano
Pasadena, CA (Hollywood Today) 2/7/2013 – “It is still the same Smash, just sort of maybe bigger, more music, sort of a little bit maybe younger in some regards, some of our new cast members, but I hope the people who watch it still see the same show they loved,” new executive producer Joshua Safran said during the TCA Tour in January.
NBC’s Tuesday night musical drama Smash returned this week with an epic two hour premiere. Smash “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’ (NBC.com).” Singing, dancing, cat-fights, and love affairs are the forces driving the drama of Smash. At the conclusion of the first season, Karen (Katharine McPhee) is chosen by direction Derek Wills (Jack Davenport) over Ivy (Megan Hilty) to play Marilyn Monroe in the production of “Bombshell”. To add even more tension, Ivy reveals that she had a one night stand with Karen’s longtime boyfriend.
Tuesday’s episode brought us to the end of “Bombshell’s” stint in Boston and although they are out of money and resources, producer Eileen Rand (Anjelica Huston) and writers Tom Levitt (Christian Borle) and Julia Houston (Debra Messing) hope to make it to the Broadway stages. Infidelity is in the air as Julia confronts her husband after Tom spots him with another woman and multiple dancers come forward accusing Derek of sexual harassment.
With a lull in performances, Karen begins to focus her attention on the local bartenders when she discovers they are creating a rock musical. Andy Mientus plays Kyle Bishop and Jeremy Jordan plays his writing partner Jimmy Collins. Jimmy, at first peeved by Karen’s desire to get involved with his creation, eventually gives in and allows her to share their music with director Derek.
Jennifer Hudson will guest star in three of the first four episodes, adding to the lineup of guest stars that have come before. Josh Safran said of Hudson’s time on the show, “…It’s been great to have her. I think she’s really amazing. She sings a lot. She acts a lot. She dances a lot, and everyone got to work with her, and she’s just an amazing talent.” When asked about other guest stars for the upcoming season, Safran said, “Oh yeah. I know people know Liza Minnelli. We have Sean Hayes. We have Bernadette Peters coming back for several episodes. It’s fun on a show like this where you sort of can…widen the world view and show performers from other shores or bring in Broadway actors to play characters related to our cast is fun and amazing.”
Armed with a talented cast of singers, dancers, and performers, Smash showcases both the beautiful and the ugly sides of Broadway. An often intense storyline sprinkled with musical numbers will keep viewers both biting their nails and tapping their toes. Smash airs on NBC Tuesday nights at 10pm.