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Last week, Universal announced that Bombshell — the musical contained within Smash — was going into development to become an actual musical following the success of its one-night-only concert. Vulture caught up with Megan Hilty, who played Ivy Lynn, the blonde ingenue vying for the role of Marilyn Monroe on the show, to ask if she would consider going in for the part. “I’d love to do it. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime," Hilty told us at Voice for the Voiceless, a benefit concert raising money for foster children where she would be performing onstage. "It would be perfect for me, in my opinion. I mean, I know the songs and I love singing them.”So true! Later that night, Hilty even belted out "Second Hand White Baby Grand" from the show as though to prove the point. Maybe we can consider the clip below her audition? »
- Ericka Goodman
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Thursday, July 9. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
Thursday, July 9
10:00am - 11:00am - Amazon: Hand of God
Amazon will introduce the Comic-Con audience to Hand of God; a one-hour drama series that stars Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman in his first lead television role since Sons of Anarchy, as the honorable justice Pernell Harris. The series centers on Harris, a powerful and corrupt judge who comes apart at the seams in the aftermath of a family tragedy. Stricken by grief, and in »
There are different ways shows move from screen to stage, but the Broadway adaptation of the musical within the show “Smash” is a singular event. “Bombshell,” the musical bio of Marilyn Monroe, first introduced in the hit NBC TV show starring Megan Hilty, featured music from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Hairspray”). After a one-night-only performance on June 8 received a positive response from fans, a fully realized Broadway production is set to include choreographer Joshua Bergasse (“On the Town,” “Gigi”). Also attached to the project are “Smash” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, as well as Steven Spielberg, executive producer for the TV version. No word yet as to whether or not Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Debra Messing, Jeremy Jordan, Anjelica Huston, or newly minted Tony winner Christian Borle (“Something Rotten”) will reprise their TV roles in the stage production. Inspired by this post? Check out our theater audition listings! »
Bombshell is becoming a real-life Smash. Universal announced Monday that due to the overwhelming response from the one-night only Bombshell benefit concert earlier in June, it is going to develop the show for the stage. NBC chair and musical lover Bob Greenblatt said, "Over the course of two seasons an entire ‘Bombshell’ score was written to service Smash storylines, and now that show will have a chance to stand on its own." Meaning: The fake drama to bring Bombshell to Broadway is a reality! Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who were executive producers on the series, will be co-lyricists with Shaiman as the composer. Otherwise, Universal didn't make any firm commitments as to what shape Bombshell would take, and certainly didn't make any casting announcements, but we're crossing our fingers for the girl who wants it more. »
- E. Alex Jung
Oh, who are we kidding? That’s half the fun of the news that Universal Stage Productions has begun development on a stage musical version of Bombshell — the fictional Broadway show at the center of NBC’s two-season musical-within-a-musical drama Smash.
News of Bombshell‘s resurgence comes a week after a buzzy Actors Fund benefit featuring the show’s music that starred Smash cast members Hilty, »
The show must go on, and for Smash and Bombshell, it just took a little longer to continue. NBC canceled the musical drama in 2013 after two seasons, but now it could get a new life of sorts on stage. Bombshell, the Marilyn Monroe musical at the center of the series, is being developed into a real Broadway musical. This news comes after the cast, including Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty, reunited for a charity concert benefiting The Actors Fund. The show sold out in pre-sale and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. "There is a still a lot of love for Smash and a rabid fan base out there, and we're thrilled to be able to keep the dream alive as we work towards bringing Bombshell to theatre audiences," Robert »
Lythgoe is partnering with the cable network for an updated version of the 1980s dance-themed drama series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Development is still in the early stages, with writer Josh Safran currently attached to pen the pilot episode about dancers attending a major performing arts academy.
Safran is familiar with the musical drama format through his work as showrunner of short-lived NBC series Smash's second season.
No cast members are attached to Fame yet, and it's not clear when it will air on Lifetime.
A Fame revival has long been in development from MGM, having first been announced back in the summer of 2012.
Starz has renewed its New York-based drama "Power" for a ten-episode third season in the wake of the second season premiere scoring 1.43 million Live+Sd viewers, the most ever for a Starz Original series season premiere episode.
More than 3.62 million Live+Sd viewers watched the episode over the initial weekend, securing “Power’s” second season Starz premiere weekend as the most watched episode ever for a Starz Original series. [Source: Starz]
The Showtime and BBC co-production has been a regular awards season contender for the cabler, earning LeBlanc three Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
Though it remains improbable that the whole shebang will be released on video (due to unions-related this-and-that), portions of the Smash cast’s one-night-only “Bombshell” concert have surfaced, thank Ellis.
RelatedSmash’s Broadway ‘Bombshell': Watch Sneak Peeks, Flip Through the Playbill
Performed Monday night at the Minskoff Theatre and benefiting The Actors Fund, the concert featured alumni of the NBC drama including Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee (sharing the parts for Ivy/Marilyn), Christian Borle, Brian d’Arcy James, Jeremy Jordan and Will Chase.
Thanks to the fine folks at Broadway.com, we at least have a montage of »
The 1980 Alan Parker MGM musical film already spawned a television series and spin-off, a stage musical, a reality TV competition series, and a 2009 film. But MGM apparently isn't through with "Fame" yet. The studio's TV arm is now teaming up with the Lifetime TV network, as well as Josh Safran ("Smash," "Gossip Girl") and Nigel Lythgoe ("American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance" executive producer), to launch a scripted series based on the original film, and previous TV series. The producers are calling it a re-imagining of the first film and TV series. Here's how they briefly describe this reboot: "Set against »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The 1980 Alan Parker MGM musical film already spawned a television series and spin-off, a stage musical, a reality TV competition series, and a 2009 film. But MGM apparently isn't through with "Fame" yet. The studio's TV arm is now teaming up with the Lifetime TV network, as well as Josh Safran ("Smash," "Gossip Girl") and Nigel Lythgoe ("American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance" executive producer), to launch a scripted series based on the original film, and previous TV series. The producers are calling it a re-imagining of the first film and TV series. Here's how they briefly describe this reboot: "Set against the backdrop of today’s unprecedented access to the world of celebrity, it will expose the gritty struggle, heartache and pain endured in the search for stardom." No confirmation on whether it'll include a mix of drama and music, like the original; although I expect that it will, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Are you ready to rediscover Fame? Lifetime is developing a reboot of the iconic hit 1980 movie and TV series Fame, E! News has confirmed. The new Fame will be a reimagining of the classic '80s series, which starred Debbie Allen, Gene Anthony Ray, Carlo Imperato and Lori Singer, and was created by Christopher Gore. Like the film and series before it, the new show will center on a group of adults struggling to balance their pressure of life at their performing arts college with the trials of their everyday lives. Set to recreate Fame for Lifetime? So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol's Nigel Lythgoe, with Gossip Girl and Smash's Josh Safran set to write the script. The »
Head up to the attic and pull your leg warmers out of storage, because Fame is coming back to TV.
PhotosUnauthorized Full House Story Gets Premiere Date at Lifetime
Per The Hollywood Reporter, the revival — much like the original 1980 film and follow-up NBC series — will revolve around a group of adults struggling to balance the pressures of life at a performing arts college with their personal lives.
Lifetime is ready for Fame. The female-skewing cable network has picked up MGM Television's long-gestating Fame reboot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, with Smash and Gossip Girl alum Josh Safran attached. First announced in August 2012, the drama hails from MGM Television and is described as a reimagining of the 1980 hit movie and subsequent NBC TV series. The drama, like the originals, revolves around a group of adults struggling to balance high pressures of life at a performing arts college along with the trials and drama of their personal lives. The potential series, which is in the
- Lesley Goldberg
Some very lucky Smash fans got the chance to fade in on a girl with a hunger for fame once more last night at the "Bombshell on Broadway" Smash reunion concert. Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty, Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Will Chase, Jaime Cepero, Jeremy Jordan, Leslie Odom Jr. and more of the show's cast reunited to perform all of the songs from the fake Marilyn Monroe musical that was at the center of NBC's short-lived Smash. Those songs included "Let Me Be Your Star," "Don't Forget Me," "Cut, Print...Moving On" and "They Just Keep Moving the Line." The cast, assembled by executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and the men behind the music, Marc Shaiman and Scott »
The show-within-the-show became the show on June 8, when the cast of NBC series “Smash” reunited to present a song-and-dance concert version of “Bombshell,” the musical whose road to Broadway was depicted in the TV series.
The one-night-only event at the Broadway’s Minskoff Theater (home to “The Lion King”) was presented as a fundraiser benefitting the Actors Fund. Looking to defer costs of the event, the Actors Fund raised more than $300,000 on Kickstarter from “Smash” fans panting to make “Bombshell” happen — and the goal had only been $50,000. “This is the largest theater Kickstarter in history,” noted Christian Borle, a cast member of the TV show (and one of the winners at the Tony Awards the previous night).
“Maybe if NBC had used Kickstarter instead of sponsors, we’d still be on the air right now,” cracked Debra Messing, Borle’s costar on the show.
Smashing! #BombshellBway pic.twitter.com/NflhIq »
- Gordon Cox
The Broadway concert performance of Smash‘s Marilyn Monroe-themed musical-within-a-show, “Bombshell,” is taking place Monday night at the the Minskoff Theatre. And for the unlucky many unable to score a ticket, there are some behind-the-scenes photos and videos (plus other trinkets) to enjoy.
RelatedSmash’s Broadway Event Expands! Who’s Joining Ellis (!) in Bombshell?
The one-night-only event, to benefit The Actors Fund, features Smash cast members such as Megan Hilty, Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, Christian Borle, Will Chase and Katharine McPhee. Throughout the hours preceding, Playbill‘s Instagram account and other insiders have shared backstage photos as well as snippets of rehearsal footage, »
HBO’s upcoming movie “Confirmation,” about the contentious confirmation hearings of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, has added Jennifer Hudson, Greg Kinnear and Jeffrey Wright to its cast. The HBO films project has also added “The Americans” actress Alison Wright. “Dreamgirls” and “Smash” alum Hudson has signed on to portray Angela Wright, who had worked with Thomas at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and provided a statement in support of Thomas. Also Read: Wendell Pierce to Play Clarence Thomas Opposite Kerry Washington in HBO's 'Confirmation' Kinnear, meanwhile, will play Joe Biden, who chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee during the 1991 hearings on Thomas’ confirmation. »
- Tim Kenneally
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Orphan Black, iZombie, Inside Amy Schumer and Wayward Pines!
1 | Orphan Black fans, does this casting make up for that tearfest to the right? And now that Paul’s dead and Cal’s Mia for who knows how long, will Sarah actually be sans love interest? (Or is that on the bottom of your very long list of concerns?)
RelatedOrphan Black Boss Talks Paul’s Sacrifice, Angry Felix and Twerking Alison
2 | Can someone »
The broadcast networks have more than 20 shows debuting this fall, including reborn Heroes, reanimated Muppets, sexy Scream Queens and comebacks for John Stamos and Rob Lowe. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions* of the not-for-review pilots.
First up on our list….
PhotosFall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New!
The Show | CBS’ Supergirl (Mondays at 8/7c, starting in early November)
The Competition | ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, NBC’s The Voice, Fox’s Gotham and The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (new)
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