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"Smash" (NBC TV show) is a musical drama that 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."

The series centers on a desire to create a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe—written by the successful songwriting duo of Tom (Tony Award winner Christian Borle, "Peter and the Starcatcher") and Julia (Emmy Award-winner Debra Messing, "Will & Grace"). Julia recently began the process of adopting a child with her husband of many years, but her focus is torn when she has the opportunity to write another Broadway hit. A rivalry soon forms for the lead role between a youthful, inexperienced Midwestern beauty (Katharine McPhee, "American Idol")—who is trying to find fame in the big city against all odds—and stage veteran (Megan Hilty, "9 to 5: The Musical"), who's determined to leave the chorus line and finally get her big break. A tenacious producer Eileen (Oscar-winner Anjelica Huston, "Prizzi's Honor") discovers the "Marilyn" project and jumps on board with a brilliant director (Jack Davenport, "Pirates of the Caribbean" films)—whose talent is matched by his cunning and egocentric amorality.

The "Smash" cast includes Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Anjelica Huston, Condola Rashad, Megan Hilty, Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee and Raza Jaffrey.

Season 2

In Season 2, the "Bombshell" team is one step closer to achieving their Broadway dream. The Boston run was the success the team was hoping for, including producer Eileen Rand, writers Tom Levitt and Julia Houston, last-minute star Karen Cartwright and director Derek Wills. But, they are all about to learn even a charmed show cannot avoid paying for sins of the past. Will Eileen get away with mixing business and pleasure with her shady paramour, Nick (guest star Thorsten Kaye)? Will Julia's marriage to Frank (guest star Brian d'Arcy James) survive the revelation of her infidelity? Will actress Ivy Lynn bounce back from the shame of losing the lead role to rival Karen and bedding her fiancé in retaliation? And will Tom and Julia's long-time partnership endure the changing tides of opportunity?

As they all scramble to push forward, one of the show's players finds Brooklyn natives Jimmy Collins (Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan, "Newsies") and Kyle Bishop (Andy Mientus, "Carrie: The Musical") toiling away on a current-day rock musical of their own, which could either become "Bombshell's" biggest rival, or yet one more Broadway false start.

Weighing both the benefits and sacrifices of a career on Broadway, the "Smash" cast of Broadway hopefuls is rounded out by Karen's lively new roommate/actress Ana Vargas (Krysta Rodriguez, "The Addams Family") and Tom's boyfriend, Sam Strickland (Leslie Odom, Jr., "Leap of Faith").

"Smash" has welcomed an impressive array of guest stars, including Uma Thurman ("The Producers"), Nick Jonas ("Jonas") and Bernadette Peters ("Gypsy"), and the second season is no different. Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy-winning actress-singer Jennifer Hudson ("Dreamgirls") will appear in a multi-episode arc as Veronica Moore, a Tony Award-winning Broadway star who impacts the lives of Karen and Ivy Lynn. Emmy Award-winning actor Sean Hayes ("Will & Grace") will also recur as Terrence Falls, the star of the musical "Liaisons" who becomes a major thorn in the side for Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) and other characters. Jesse L. Martin ("Law & Order," "Rent") will play Scott Nichols, the artistic director of a non-profit off-Broadway theater. Additionally, Harvey Fierstein ("La Cage aux Folles") makes a cameo appearance and Nikki Blonsky ("Hairspray") recurs as Margot, a Broadway producer's assistant.

The series stemmed from an idea of executive producer and multiple Emmy and Oscar-winner Steven Spielberg ("ER," "Schindler's List"). The pilot was written by acclaimed playwright/screenwriter Theresa Rebeck ("Mauritius," "NYPD Blue"). Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Oscar-winning "Chicago," "Hairspray") and Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey ("United States of Tara," "The Borgias") will also serve as executive producers. Original songs are written by Tony and Grammy Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman ("Hairspray," "Catch Me If You Can"), who also serve as executive producers.

The "Smash" TV show is a production of Universal Media Studios in association with DreamWorks. The pilot was directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer ("Spring Awakening," "American Idiot").

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Network: NBC
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: 2011
Seasons: 2
Production Companies:
DreamWorks Television
Universal Media Studios

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