NBC's Smash.

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  1. Ozzisk8tr

    Ozzisk8tr Well-Known Member

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  2. The Village Idiot

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    In case anyone doesn't know - you can download the pilot for free on itunes now.
  3. julieann

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    I am hoping to like this one. I absolutely loathe Glee and everything it does but this seems like Glee's more mature and sophisticated older sister.
  5. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    thank goodness NBC finally stopped saying "and introducing Katherine McPhee" in their promos. We met her like 5 years ago, people!

    Looking forward to this show!
  6. essence_of_soy

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    ...this show looks SO predictable.
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  7. challon

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    NBC has put the pilot up on there youtube channel. I loved it.
  8. Ozzisk8tr

    Ozzisk8tr Well-Known Member

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    How funny, I actually can't stand live theatre and am so looking forward to this. Predictable... so you're not interested in seeing talent or anything, just want to be enthralled with good plot with twists and turns that make you :eek:.
    Maybe you should watch Europeans... ;)
  9. Spareoom

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    So, I'm confused. I heard about this show AGES ago; even saw a trailer akin to that. But it seems like it was so long ago; like months to a year! I'd forgotten all about it. When did they start advertising it and I guess it just came out? That's so odd!
  10. essence_of_soy

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    I love how you're putting words into my mouth that I didn't say. I have tremendous respect for talented people, whatever the medium.

    My annoyance with the promo is that it has précised the entire show. I just feel like I have seen it all before. (IE: Young unknown struggles trying to make it in the big city.)

    As for plot twists and turns, not to mention outstanding acting, I'll probably stick with Homeland for the time being. Australia doesn't get any skating coverage.
  11. Meredith

    Meredith what a glorious day!

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    The show may be predictable, but Alex Wong is in it - at least the opening episode. He was injured and reappears later. That alone will make me tune in. :)
  12. orbitz

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    The premier was pleasant enough. The lip-synching is much more believable here than in Glee.
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    I was watching "Every Little Step" about casting "A Chorus Line" and realized we really don't have a regular series with singing and dancing about adults. I like "Glee" but I like the idea of this show better. The premier left me wanting to see more so I'm in for now. And could we be seeing a version of "Marilyn" on Broadway if the show succeeds?
  14. Theatregirl1122

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    I really enjoyed this! I still love Glee but it was so nice to see a show with music that was more about the plot and was letting the plot drive the music. I didn't even need to use my willing suspension of disbelief that much!

    I kind of hate the "look I'm a popstar" audition, though.
  15. Artemis@BC

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    Well, I liked Glee when it first started for its quirky charm -- and the talented performers -- but rapidly grew tired of the polarizing archetypes (not to mention their change in repertoire).

    But I love all things Broadway so I'll definitely tune in to Smash when it airs. I fear that it too may get stale quickly ... but they may surprise me. Here's hoping!
  16. Impromptu

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    Just watched the sneak peak premier on Youtube (had to do something between the SD and the Men's SP). It's really ... cliched and soapy, but it does cliched and soapy so very well, that I enjoyed every second of it.

    I'll definitely tune in for a few more episodes and see if it stays this much fun.
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    Me too!
  18. oleada

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    A college friend is going to be on this :cheer2:
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    Ooh, what part? Please don't be "Lisa" in the first episode auditions...
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    After all the hype, this finally premieres tonight.

    I've watched the pilot on Youtube. It felt very predictable and I was not very impressed with either Kat McPhee or Debra Messing, which worries me for the future. What I found more than anything, though, was that I wanted Aaron Sorkin to be writing the plots and dialogue. The show's dialogue and characters should have been sharp from the start, and it just wasn't.

    Now some spoiler thoughts:

    Nothing about Kat McPhee screamed "star" to me in her audition That audition would have caused everyone to laugh hysterically, not have orgasms. But if they really wanted her audition to be such a huge moment, it would have been a lot better if they set the episode up so that it build to the audition. Everything else could have been set and they could have made it seem like Ivy was set, but they had to go through the motions of auditions. Then, boom, at the end of the episode, McPhee walks in, blows everyone away, and episode ends. That would have been much more dramatic.

    Perhaps it's because I've seen Megan Hilty on stage, but she seems so far superior to McPhee for the role of Marilyn that I fail to see why there is any debate, Yet with all the emphasis on McPhee's character, her family, the sweet boyfriend, etc., it feels like I'm supposed to be rooting for her to get the part.

    I'm a huge fan of Marc Shaiman, so I hope the other original songs are better than National Pastime.

    Smarmy director and eager assistant were both such cliches, the show should have reconsidered them. The only way assistant should ever havre been hired back is if he threatened to sue over the idea of doing the Marilyn musical.
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    Lol. I think he's just in the background. He's got a great voice, and is super cute in a twink kind of way ;)
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    After sitting on audition boards and watching people murder songs, if someone like Mcphee came in and sang like she does I can pretty much guarantee she would get a callback. (The C.A. song Beautiful is very right for a Marilyn Monroe audition song). There are a whole lot of tricks to auditioning to get noticed, so much of it is about thinking outside the box, while not swaying too far from what the role requires. You're always looking for something "fresh" that still portrays the role. Hilty to me was typical, and therefore uninspiring. She also had so much cheese about her I could almost hear my arteries clogging up. More than likely directed that way, but Mcphee was "fresh". Still, it's good that we have our differing opinions.
  23. rfisher

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    I'm looking forward to this. Glee bores me. I don't care about high school drama so hope this is grown up.
  24. 4rkidz

    4rkidz GPF Barcelona here I come

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    I'm slow.. I just figured out who she is :lol:
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  25. jenny12

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    I'm also looking forward to this (I'm on the West Coast). I liked Glee at first, but it became tiresome. Hope Smash is good.
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    whenever i hear someone say they are obsessed with marilyn monroe i assume they are mentally unstable. i cant take a whole season of an off ice version of makarova's LP.
  27. rfisher

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    I was disappointed they didn't mention that when they were listing all the Marilyn projects. :lol:
  28. 4rkidz

    4rkidz GPF Barcelona here I come

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    well I was looking forward to this.. but it's not happening.. I'm finding it really slow and boring.. not enough music just bad writing.. :shuffle:
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    This is my third time watching the pilot - I love it. :)
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    I wish Debra Messing was single on the show. Maybe they'll get the back stories out of the way.
  31. ArtisticFan

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    I am enjoying it. But I love anjelica Houston and debrà messing.
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    I agree. I would prefer if the show just focused on her relationship with her work. The family issues are boring, IMO.

    I agree with Matryeshka that Megan Hilty (sp?) seems like the obvious choice to be Marilyn. I don't buy the McPhee character being considered such a close rival to Hilty.
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  33. Matryeshka

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    Wow. That's rather raunchier than I expected. :smokin:

    And on a second note, who the HELL would pick Katherine "Brown Mouse" McPhee over that fabulous :grope: creature to play Marilyn Monroe?!!!
  34. soxxy

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    She really didn't know what "light" meant?

    She really went to the director's apartment alone at night?
  35. Pretty Vegas

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    That last scene just kills it. I love it more and more each time I see it.
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    LOVED IT. Besides the music, this show is very different from Glee (besides, they're on different times and days--you can still watch both). The scope is quite different from really anything we see on TV these days. And I basically liked everyone. But for the LOVE OF GOD, do not pair up McPhee with jerkass director. Dev is too hot to lose!

    I can see why either could be chosen as Marilyn. I don't see one being all that much better than the other.
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  37. julieann

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    That part when she was in the directors apartment singing to him was just stupid, the rest was really good.
  38. Ozzisk8tr

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    Just love Katherine's voice.
  39. genevieve

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    pacing and writing in the beginning of the episode was a bit rushed/cheesy, but they got me hooked in, and the last 15 minutes were just fab. Loving the showdown set up between Tom and the eville director, love the hapless assistant who unwittingly launched the social media campaign, loved seeing Alex Wong, love the soapy mess of Anjelica Huston's character, love the 10pm hour ribaldry (is that a word?), love seeing a local girl on tv (Megan Hilty is from Bellevue WA), love Kat McPhee, and lurved the final duet. Not sure how a show like this will maintain the tension beyond one season, but I'm hooked! :D
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    I am still wondering if I'll keep it on my watch list. They'll ruin this show I'm sure !