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Previously, On "Smash"

Season Two of Smash premieres Tuesday night, with the cast and crew of the Marilyn Monroe bio-musical Bombshell returned to New York to continue its drive to Broadway. Need a refresher on who did what to whom in season one? Or did you not watch (or hatewatch) but are thinking about giving season two a shot? Either way, you could catch up by reading the incisive yet hilarious recaps (okay, I'm biased) posted last season. Or you could read this handy primer, covering the characters and events and other assorted highlights.

Ivy & Karen

Much of the first season focuses on the battle between Broadway chorus veteran Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) and fresh-faced Iowa ingenue Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee) to land, and keep, the role of Marilyn. They are neck and neck through the pilot and not even a duel duet of the signature song “Let Me Be Your Star” settles the question.
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‘Dredd 3D’ NYC Premiere: Red Carpet Photos

Dredd 3D, directed by Pete Travis, premiered in NYC this week. This photo gallery features photos of the cast and production as well as NYC talents who were in attendance.

Stars Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby were on hand as well as screenwriter Alex Garland.

Also in attendance were Ice-t (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Coco, Adrienne Bailon (Disney 365), Miss Universe Leila Lopes, Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos), Eric West (NBC’s Smash),Bd Wong (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, HBO’s Oz), and Savannah Wise (NBC’s Smash, Royal Pains).

Browse the full gallery of the Dredd 3D Red Carpet.
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"Smash" Star Phillip Spaeth Talks His Character Dennis and Gay Broadway

Although a part of the ensemble on Smash, adorable Phillip Spaeth is clearly a standout.

If you zoned out a little bit during last week’s episode of Smash, you weren’t alone. Going back to Iowa with Karen (Katharine McPhee) was enough to put anyone to sleep but, thankfully, I can tell you tonight’s episode will wake you up as the ambitious musical series is in pitch-perfect form and truly shows what it’s capable of.

Tonight’s “The Cost of Art“ episode gives us fun musical numbers, cute guys (check out the ensemble in the Marilyn musical and cuter-than-ever guest Nick Jonas), a date for Tom (Christian Borle), some juicy conflict and bitchiness between our key characters and, fingers crossed, let’s hope Debra Messing’s Julia stays so preoccupied with her ex (Will Chase) that we never hear about adoptions again.

One of the key ensemble
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 38 Pairs of Sneak-Peek Chicago Passes to Steven Spielberg’s ‘Smash’ on NBC

Chicago – In our latest edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: TV, we have 38 admit-two VIP party passes up for grabs to the special sneak screening of the premiere episode of Steven Spielberg’s “Smash” on NBC starring Debra Messing!

HollywoodChicago.com winners will be treated to a sneak peek of the first episode of the new TV show along with complimentary popcorn and a drink! Following the screening, winners can stay for a Q&A with star Brian d’Arcy James (“Shrek the Musical”) and legendary producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (“Chicago,” “Hairspray”)!

The new TV show, which centers on the making of a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe, also stars Anjelica Huston, Jack Davenport, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Raza Jaffrey, Brian d’Arcy James, Jaime Cepero, Will Chase, Phillip Spaeth, Wesley Taylor, Savannah Wise, Kristine Covillo, Leslie Odom Jr. and Blake Andrew Johnson.

Smash” debuts publicly the day after Super Bowl Xlvi.
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