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11 May 2013 8:17 AM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: NBC

Episodes: 32 (hour)

Seasons: Two

TV show dates: February 6, 2012 -- May 26, 2013

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Raza Jaffrey, Brian d'Arcy James, Jaime Cepero, and Anjelica Huston.

TV show description:

This musical drama revolves around the Broadway theater community. The TV series follows a cross section of dreamers and schemers who are trying to create a smash hit musical that's based on the life of Marilyn Monroe.

The musical is written by the successful Houston-Levitt team. Writer Julia Houston (Debra Messing) struggles to balance the relentless demands of Broadway with the needs of her family. She recently began the process of adopting a child with her husband Frank (Brian d'Arcy James) of many years, but her focus is torn when she has the »


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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Bones, NCIS, Arrow, Smash, CSI, Mentalist, Defiance, Once and More!

18 April 2013 6:38 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Who on Bones has a bad bug? What truth is Arrow‘s Tommy going to share? What is NCIS agent Ziva’s tie to the new Mossad boss? Will a secret Smash relationship be outed? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

Bones | “The stakes are incredibly high” in this Monday’s episode, Emily Deschanel shared with TVLine this week, when a viral outbreak jolts the Jeffersonian. “One of our own” — Arastoo — “is affected and faces possible death,” the actress previews. “And since Cam, who we are so close to, loves him and is facing losing him, »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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The Return Of ... Ellis

14 April 2013 9:18 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Ellis returned to "Smash." In the Saturday, April 13 episode of "Smash," Jaime Cepero returned in a cameo appearance. This was the first time his character was seen since Season 1.

Cepero was one of the actors "Smash" parted ways with for Season 2 after the show underwent creative changes. His character, Ellis the scheming assistant, had the distinction of being one of the most-hated characters on the series.

The character was mentioned early in Season 2, but not seen. The return of Ellis was hinted at, but no specifics were revealed at the time. Cepero appeared as Ellis in Tom's (Christian Borle) dream. The episode had 1.8 million viewers and a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

Watch the full episode below.


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Smash Review: The Hit List is a Go!

12 March 2013 11:55 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Smash finally got where it needed to be on "The Fringe" ... almost.

With the introduction of The Hit List, it was inevitable that Derek and Karen would leave Bombshell behind to join the soon-to-be smash hit from Jimmy and Kyle. With Derek there and direction changes at Bombshell, it shouldn't be long before Karen joins him.

At this point, the new show has me more engaged. The music is better (loved "Heart-Shaped Wreckage), the people involved still have their innocence and passion for the project, and it is struggling in its infancy.

Bombshell has grown tired with bickering and rehashing material over and over again. Plus, Jerry is just despicable. As Derek pointed out, it was painful to watch Eileen agreeing with all of his decisions whether they were best or not. In "Fringe," this show moved forward too. With Derek out and Tom in, the show will have a new freshness about it. »

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'Smash' Season 2: Megan Hilty says Ivy attempts to get her act together

5 February 2013 1:00 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

If NBC's "Smash" really was a Broadway musical, it would return to New York now, its problems fixed on the road.

The second season, launching Tuesday, Feb. 5, sheds plots that alienated fans and features new guest stars including Sean Hayes and Liza Minnelli. In the first three episodes, Jennifer Hudson sings amazing solos.

New characters include Jimmy and Kyle (stage actors Jeremy Jordan and Andy Mientus), who are writing the musical "Hit List." Tune in just to hear Jordan belt; it proves why he's a Broadway star.

"Smash" is an odd hybrid -- a TV musical drama. It focuses on the behind-the-scenes work of mounting a Broadway musical. In this case, it's "Bombshell," about Marilyn Monroe.

The first season had Ivy (Megan Hilty), the seasoned Broadway chorine, competing against Karen (Katharine McPhee), the ingenue, to play Marilyn. Though it looks as if Karen wins, nothing is certain.

Trying to not spoil any plot points, »


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Joshua Safran Steers New Season of "Smash." Will It Hit Or Bomb?

5 February 2013 11:29 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

All eyes will be on Smash to see if Season 2 hits the right notes.

The main conclusion about the first season of Smash was that... it wasn’t a smash. Instead it was a strange mix of love it/hate it characters and storylines. Thankfully, NBC (like many of us) still believed that despite the first season missteps there is still a good show here. The curtain opens on a second season tonight.

With a new showrunner in Joshua Safran (Gossip Girl) steering the ship, we’ll see familiar faces like Ivy (Megan Hilty), Tom & Sam (Christian Borle and Leslie Odom, Jr.) and Julia (Debra Messing, minus the annoying first season scarves) as well as new faces in Broadway’s Andy Mientus (who we recently spoke with), Jeremy Jordan (Newsies) and Krysta Rodriguez (The Addams Family).

And while we do see Julia’s husband (Brian d’Arcy James) in the opening episode, »

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Previously, On "Smash"

5 February 2013 5:31 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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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Jaime Cepero to reprise Ellis role on 'Smash's second season

26 January 2013 11:35 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jaime Cepero is set to return during the second season of Smash. The actor, who was cut from the show after the first season, will reprise his role as Ellis in a possible flashback. Smash's new showrunner Josh Safran told TVLine: "Ellis may return, but not necessarily in the present." Executive producer Steven Spielberg recently defended Smash, saying the show defies "what is commercial and popular (more) »

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'Smash' Season 2: Ellis will return... somehow

25 January 2013 6:57 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Is Ellis really going to return to "Smash" when the musical-theater drama returns for season 2? Most fans were elated to learn that this most despised of characters was done after a single season. So how does Ellis Boyd (Jaime Cepero) make his return?

The answer may lie in the past.

Josh Safran, the new "Smash" showrunner was quoted by TVLine as saying, "Ellis may return, but not necessarily in the present."

Assuming that "Smash" isn't going all sci-fi on us with a jump to the future, a non-present appearance indicates that Ellis will be seen in some past event. Will there be flashbacks? Dream (or, in this case, nightmare) sequences? Will we see the man as an assistant again, or does he have some other role to play.

The character of Ellis was one of many aspects of "Smash" that was changed after the end of its first season. After a long hiatus, »


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He's Back ... ?

25 January 2013 2:25 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

"Smash" is bringing back Ellis. According to TVLine, Jaime Cepero will reprise his hated Season 1 role sometime during Season 2.

New "Smash" showrunner Josh Safran cryptically told TVLine that Ellis "may return," but it might not be in the present.

In an interview with, Safran hinted that the door would be open for previously ousted Season 1 stars to return sometime in Season 2.

"In my mind, the door's always opened," he said. "It is, in that way, a soap opera because it's an ensemble show with a cast of many characters, and you know theatre -- somebody does a show, then they go into a pilot, then they come back to do a show, and suddenly they're back!"

In other casting news ...

Sarah Chalke is scrubbing in at "Grey's Anatomy." The former "Scrubs" star will appear in a spring episode. [TVLine]

Britt Robertson is going "Under the Dome." "The Secret Circle »

- Chris Harnick

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Smash Exclusive: Ellis Poised to Return!

25 January 2013 12:59 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Smash‘s serial lurker is back!

TVLine has learned exclusively that Jaime Cepero will reprise his polarizing role of Ellis, the ruthless and scheming former assistant to Tom and (later) Eileen, during the show’s upcoming second season.

But wait – the plot thickens.

New Smash showrunner Josh Safran cryptically tells TVLine that, “Ellis may return, but not necessarily in the present.”

Related | We’ve Seen Smash‘s Season 2 Premiere — and We’re Dishing and Telling!

Hmm… so the meddling pipsqueak will appear in a flashback? Flash forward? Flash sideways world? Our money is on one of those three.

Cepero’s »

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'Smash's' Surprising New Songwriters

22 January 2013 6:45 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

For "Smash" Season 2, the NBC drama is expanding its songwriters. Among the new names joining Season 1's Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman is Andrew McMahon of Jack's Mannequin fame.

New "Smash" showrunner and executive producer Josh Safran revealed some of the names attached to Season 2 to and said McMahon the "wildcard of the bunch."

"Joe Iconis, Drew Gasparini, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and sort of the wildcard of the bunch, Andrew McMahon, who has never written musical theatre before but he is a pop artist. His band is called Jack's Mannequin," Safran told Playbill. "Lucie Silvas is also a singer-songwriter whose music we are also using. She's not a musical theatre writer either, and her music came to me through Kat McPhee, who one day was just playing me songs that she thought were great and would be great for Jimmy and Kyle, and they were incredible »

- Chris Harnick

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'Smash' Season 2 changes: 'Bigger, younger and more music' -- but 'the stuff you love is still there'

6 January 2013 6:45 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

'Smash' Season 2 changes: 'Bigger, younger and more music' -- but 'the stuff you love is still there'

"Smash" faced the music today (Jan. 6): At the TCA press tour, the cast and producers took to the stage to address television critics' concerns about its first-season nosedive -- and the changes its new showrunner, Josh Safran, has implemented for Season 2.

Safran was diplomatic about the freshman flaws -- "interesting" was the closest he came to an actual critique of Season 1, which he called "exciting and thrilling to watch" as an audience member.

"Changes wise," insists Safran, "I think it's [still] 'Smash': I don't think it's changed that much. Stuff from last year that you loved is still there, and maybe stuff people thought went off on tangents we've looked at [and] sort of tried to find a way to put back together.

"But it still is the same Smash, »


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This Week's Cover: Inside the making (and remaking) of NBC's 'Smash'

2 January 2013 6:00 AM, PST | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

The show that everyone wanted to love — and everyone loved to hate — is back. And guess what? It’s good. This week, Entertainment Weekly gets an exclusive inside look at NBC’s ambitious overhaul of their musical drama, Smash. (Click here to buy the issue.) There’s a lot riding on it for a lot of people, first and foremost the show’s 10(!) executive producers, including Hollywood’s biggest director, Steven Spielberg; Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (the Oscar-winning Chicago); and Tony-winning composing team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray). This impressive pedigree made Smash the most high-profile premiere of »

- EW staff

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