14 items from 2013
Episodes: 32 (hour)
TV show dates: February 6, 2012 -- May 26, 2013
Series status: Cancelled
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 Webb Mitovich
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.
- Chris Harnick
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. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Carla Day)
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.
Trying to not spoil any plot points, »
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, »
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. »
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) »
- By Kristina Bustos
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.
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, »
In an interview with Playbill.com, 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 ...
- Chris Harnick
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.
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.
- Michael Ausiello
"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
'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, »
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
14 items from 2013
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