Marilyn in the news

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Smash coming to NBC

Now that the trailer for the new NBC show "Smash" (based on the behind the scenes making of a Marilyn Monroe Musical) has been released....I am even more excited about it.  Here are some more details as well as a link to the trailer.

NBC knows what you’re all thinking: Smash is just a ripoff ofGlee, right? Well, star Debra Messing has something to say about that. “I think Glee is extraordinary and original and fabulous,”  the Will & Graceactress told EW after NBC’s presentation to advertisers Monday. The drama will bow on the Peacock’s 2011-12 midseason schedule. “I think Smash is similar in that there is singing, but I think that’s where the similarities end. Glee is a comedy and ours is a drama. And Glee is in a fantastic sort of elevated world and Smash is completely naturalistic, a very real look at life in New York as an actor, producer, composer, lyricist, what have you.”
The drama, which also stars Anjelica Huston, Jack Davenport, and Katharine McPhee, is about a cross-section of characters who come together to put on a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. Messing plays a lyricist who, together with her husband, are supposed to be taking a break from Broadway to adopt a baby when they get the idea for a musical.
“Glee does music that was already made, and we have original Broadway music being composed for us by a Tony-Award winning lyricist and composer,” Messing explained. “So every episode there will be a new song. It’s about the making of a musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe. So the music will be focused on that project. There will be a reason for the song.
“I think that it’s so exciting,” she continued. “I think it looks so beautiful. It’s shot like a film. All the characters … there’s something universal about somebody who is unknown and has nothing and is trying to fulfill their dreams. It’s like Rocky. And, of course, to have these two magnificent voices, from Katharine [McPhee] and Megan [Hilty], I was levitating by the end of [the promo].”


  1. I am cautiously optimistic about this...interesting premise, and the trailer actually looks good.

  2. Agreed the trailer looks great. I have always loved off-beat shows. Have both seasons of Pushing Daisies on DVD :) Hoping for something different but not so different it doesn't find an audience and gets cancelled.

  3. I'm looking forward to this show. Big fan of K. Mcphee and I always enjoy Debra Messing :)

  4. I agree it is nice to see Debra Messing on TV again and Katherine has a lot of talent as well. It will be interesting to see if this takes off.

  5. WOW I didnt know about this show i will be watching this for sure im not much a Glee fan but this looks really good.