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Smash “Understudy”

10 Apr

Rebecca Duvall (Uma Thurman) “the star” didn’t show up until the last five minuets of the episode which was fine by me. Last night’s episode proved, what we all know is going to happen. Our rag-tag troupe is best when left alone, we don’t need no stinkin’ stars.

Tom (Christian Borle) owned the episode last night, no surprise here, he was nominated for a Tony for his role in Legally Blonde: The Musical and has appeared on Broadway numerous times.  Between his musical number and banter with Sam ( his future BF) Christian was pitch perfect, more Tom please.

Ivy, fresh from being fired from Heaven on Earth and Bombshell (formerly Marilyn) is plotting her way back in. She meets the gang for drinks, congratulating Karen on being named Rebecca’s understudy by buying her sunglasses like the ones Marilyn wore in Niagara. She even advises Derek to be nice to Karen, telling him that the directors that got the best performances out of Marilyn were the ones who babyed her. This leads Derek to some weird hallucination, I am not sure where it came from, but Kat McPhee’s Marilyn was spot on during that sequence.

As usual Eileen is trying to raise the money, now that she has Rebecca she has the investor’s, but they have some crazy demands and it totally bums Eileen out. She heads out to her dive bar, has a Martini and tells her bartender boytoy whats up. He offers her money, but its not enough so she hooks him up with some rocker dude who has a ton of cash and doesn’t care about losing it.  She fires the old investors, but not Ellis. If I was Anjelica Houston I would tell the producers that is is not believable that her character would have fired him three episodes ago. 

Other random happenings, Julia tries to reconcile with her X, she makes her son a grilled cheese sandwich to make amends for ruining his life.  I hope that was Jarlsberg from Dean and De Luca and not some Kraft singles processed cheese in that sandwich. Tom and Julia celebrate ten years of working together by going to see a performance of their first big hit, Three on a Match.  Debra Messing is the weakest link on this show, her character is the worst. Hopefully this will all change now that Theresa Rebeck is gone, apparently the character was based on her life.

Dev hits Derek for visiting Karen, and then he asks Karen if she would quit the show to go with him if he got a job in another city. We all know Karen picks the show, so say good-bye to Dev. Too bad because he is damn hot with his shirt off.  How much longer do we think Derek and Ivy will be together if Karen is single?

Fun fact, did you know that Jack Davenport (Derek) and Debra Messing (Julia) starred in The Wedding Date.  Wonder if she got him the job on Smash.

Rebecca finally shows up, and based on the previews it isn’t going to go well at all. She has never done Broadway, and is completely wrong for the part so all heck is going to break loose.

Next week

Smash “The Callback”

14 Feb

In my previous life I was an actress, musical theatre to be exact, just like the girls on Smash. I suffered through many callbacks. Last night’s episode of Smash was a bit of walk down memory lane.

We open with Karen (Katherine McPhee) singing call me to an audience filled with the folks at the show who have not called her back yet.  Really show, really, a little heavy handed and cheesy don’t ya think.

Cut to a meeting with Julia (Debra Messing), Tom (Christian Borle), Derek (Jack Davenport) and Eileen (Anjelica Houston), the creative team debating who should be cast Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) or Karen.  Tom is totally team Ivy Lynn, while Derek is totally team Karen, Julia and Eileen are referring.  Tom’s assistant, Ellis (Jamie Cepero) is listening at the door, he is totally up to no good.

Obviously since the episode is titled The Callback we know they can’t make a decision and we must have another callback. And we are off.

The episode also touches on the ridiculous adoption sub-plot and Karen’s relationship with her boyfriend Dev, (Raza Jeffrey). We all know both of these will end badly so lets just wrap those up now.

Best song suggestion ever, Joe DiMaggio, Jack Kennedy and Arthur Miller singing about what they look for in a woman.

Spoiler Alert when all is said done Ivy Lynn gets the job, I am thinking sleeping with director may have helped.  But her joy will be short-lived, when Uma Thurman comes in as the big Hollywood star to boost ticket sales.

Eventually both Karen and Ivy Lynn will be cast, one as Norma Jean and one as Marilyn, the understudy thing has been done to death after “All About Eve” what show could even come close.

Smash NBC is Broadway Bound

29 Dec

First of all I am sure there will be people who will compare Smash premiering Monday February 6th at 10pm on NBC to Glee, as far as I can tell they are both on TV and both have musical numbers and that is where the similarities end.

Smash follows the drama that goes into launching a Broadway musical. It stars Debra Messing and Christian Borle as songwriting partners who are developing a musical based on Marilyn MonroeAnjelica Houston is the veteran broadway producer, Jack Davenport is the director and no story about the making of a broadway musical would be complete without dueling actresses vying for the lead. Katherine McPhee and Megan Hilty will be duking it out, one is a seasoned professional the other is still trying to get her big break.

The advanced word from those who have seen the screeners say the pilot is tight. It quickly sets up the premise and delivers some outstanding musical numbers along with a big cliffhanger. There is also a sub plot involving Messing and her husband played by Brian D’Arcy James trying to adopt a baby, which plays out with a twist by the second episode.

Did I mention Stephen Spielberg is the executive producer.  I am not really sure how you can get more than one season out of the premise. Maybe a new musical with a new cast every year.

Smash has stiff competition on Monday’s at 10, it’s up against Castle and Hawaii 5-0, both ratings champs.  I predict Smash will do well in the ratings, but it won’t stay on Monday’s at 10 for its entire run. NBC will realize the demo they want watches from 8-9 or 9 to 10.

Here is the trailer – Watch it – Then head to the comments, are you in or out?

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