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The NBC show we love to hate returns for another season with a bit of nip and tuck. Sadly, this Bombshell looks to bomb again

Plenty of Broadway musicals have out-of-town trials before being rejiggered to debut in triumph on the Great White Way (which is not as racist as it sounds). The same is true for Smash, the NBC drama about hoofers, chorus girls and the people who make the shows in which they star, which returned last night for a second bow after a tumultuous first season. It's certainly rejiggered, but is it any better?

We'll come to that in a moment. But first: a recap.

Smash's road to the second season is even more convoluted than the path to the St James Theater of Bombshell, the fictional Marilyn Monroe musical that forms the centerpiece of the show. Smash was originally meant to track the making of »

- Brian Moylan

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