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'Smash' Synopsis and Essential Information

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About the Show:

Steven Spielberg takes a break from dinosaurs and delves into a completely different arena with this musical drama jam-packed with an all-star cast. The series centers on the creation of a Broadway production about the life of film legend Marilyn Monroe. Vying for the lead role is an inexperienced, incredibly talented Midwestern girl (played by American Idol's Katharine McPhee) and an experienced stage veteran who is determined to leave the chorus roles behind and finally become a big star. Behind the scenes are a group of enormously talented, yet highly flawed producers, song writers and directors struggling to make this show a success... no matter what the cost.

Series Premiere:

February 6, 2012

When is it on?:

Mondays at 10 PM on NBC. Missed an episode? No worries... viewers can always catch the latest episodes, clips and sneak peeks over at NBC's official Smash site.

'Smash' Cast:

  • Debra Messing as Julia
  • Christian Borle as Tom
  • Katharine McPhee as Karen
  • Anjelica Huston as Eileen
  • Jack Davenport as Derek
  • Megan Hilty as Ivy
  • Jaime Cepero as Ellis
  • Brian d'Arcy James as Frank
  • Raza Jaffrey as Dev

Life Before 'Smash':

The incredibly talented cast of Smash came to the table with their own impressive pedigrees...
  • Series star and Emmy winner Debra Messing starred in the hit NBC comedy Will & Grace. She also starred in the short-lived USA Network drama The Starter Wife.
  • From The Postman Always Rings Twice to Prizzi's Honor, Oscar winner Anjeluca Huston has had a long and incredibly distinguished career.
  • Jack Davenport starred in the ABC sci-fi drama Flashforward. Jack also appeared in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies as Norrington.
  • Katharine McPhee is best known for being the runner-up (to Taylor Hicks) on season 5 of American Idol.
  • Megan Hilty has extensive theater experience and has appeared as a guest star in several dramas, including Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty.
  • Christian Borle has appeared in several Broadway productions including Mary Poppins and Monty Python's Spamalot.

What 'Smash' is Not:

Due to the nature of the series, many relate Smash to Fox's own musical drama Glee, but executive producer Craig Zadan told reporters at the annual TCA, "When Ryan Murphy did Glee, he broke a great barrier, he allowed networks to really believe that there was room for a dramatic comedy in one show week after week. I don’t think any of us feel that the show is like Glee but we feel grateful to Glee for opening that door." However, much like Glee, viewers can expect several high profile celebrities (including Uma Thurman) to guest star on the show.

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