Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Still from Smash
Yes! I've finally seen that Pilot of NBC's Smash and can I express how pleased I am with it? It's actually more Fame than its lacking 2009 Remake! Here we see Julia (Debra Messing), the Co-Writer of this forthcoming Marilyn Monroe Musical and the tensions she is having at home with her Husband who disapproves of her branching into the venture. We also see Karen (Katharine McPhee) introduced as a green and struggling Actress on the verge of a big break after some unsuccessful auditions and her closest competition ultimately for the role of Marilyn Monroe, Ivy (Meg Hilty). Ivy appears to be struggling with some personal demons of her own and some insecurities after failing to get her big break despite having been schooled and having much experience in minor roles on Broadway. We also meet another of the main characters Derek (Jack Davenport), an arrogant and womanizing Choreographer who just almost pushes the boundaries too far with Karen.

We really feel Messing's excitement about what's to come, while McPhee is perfect in her vulnerability and eagerness.  Anjelica Huston is seen little but is commanding every moment she's on. Hilty wows us right off the bat as Monroe in a Baseball-themed number complete with thrusting, flung about from dancer to dancer like a sulty rag doll.  The Episode ends with the number Let Me Be Your Star, performed by Hilty and McPhee (which quickly has disappeared from YouTube) and quite honestly, I can't get it out of my head.

Smash premieres February 6, 2012 at 10:00 PM CTV airs in Canada.  I'm hooked.

(Photo credit: NBC)