A 'Smash' Hit? VIDEO


Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, former American Idol contestant Katherine McPhee, Broadway, Kate Clinton, and Steven Spielberg are just a few of the names involved in the forthcoming NBC drama Smash, which I posted about back in May.

The show's drama revolves around the mounting of a Broadway musical, and NBC has just put out a seven-minute promo on the show featuring footage and interviews with the cast and producers. It appears to be shaping up as a must-watch.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. looks fun. but katherine mcphee as someone who makes the producers stop in their tracks is a bit of a stretch.

    Posted by: Joe | Dec 27, 2011 7:19:04 AM

  2. "I also can't stand musical theater. Musicals just don't make sense to me."


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 27, 2011 8:35:44 AM

  3. Yeah, David, I've heard that about 100 times.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 27, 2011 8:51:57 AM

  4. This looks pretty good actually. It would be interesting if each season was the creation of a different show from inception to opening performance, that would allow them to keep the casting fresh from season to season. I would actually watch that.

    Posted by: RonTEX | Dec 27, 2011 9:44:10 AM

  5. Why has NBC been holding out on the premiere? This looks good. Did they actually think the horrible "Whitney" or "Free Agents" would actually become hits?

    Posted by: tom a | Dec 27, 2011 10:24:57 AM

  6. It has Jack Davenport in it, so that's a plus. However, it's about the backstage antics of a Broadway show, so that's a big turnoff.

    "I'd watch the pilot but it will be a trick to keep this story fresh"

    I was wondering the same thing: how do you stretch this out over multiple seasons? Have the show they're working on be a big flop and then move on to the next thing?

    Sorry, David E., much as you'd want it to, time hasn't stopped in 1975. The whole "gays must like musicals, JudyMarilynBabs and opera" thing has been tired and dead for 20 years.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Dec 27, 2011 10:25:36 AM

  7. A bunch of brat cats slicing each other up to get a part in a musical?
    More of screaming New York ethnocentrism and very much done before as mentioned above. "Must see" - must not see, we'll see.

    As for the guy who doesn't get musicals, God bless him along with those who don't think Woody Allen is funny. I'm not among 'em but I love the way they give you pause.

    Posted by: uffda | Dec 27, 2011 11:29:26 AM

  8. ZZZZZZZZZZZZ TV made for actors about actors. Who cares...

    Posted by: Bruce | Dec 27, 2011 12:21:49 PM

  9. The comments on this blog are getting like the comments on Yahoo! stories lately. What is with you people? If you don't want to watch the show, don't? No one's forcing you. It's Andy's blog, and he thinks the show is shaping up to be a must see. He's not saying all gay people should like it, or that YOU need to watch it. The tired commentary of some posters says more about the gay stereotype than anything else...

    Posted by: egads | Dec 27, 2011 1:30:12 PM

  10. @EGADS

    Perhaps we should pretend to be in North Korea and have no opinions at all? FU

    Posted by: DALI | Dec 27, 2011 9:51:44 PM

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