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Smash Returns… Sorta

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While the making of Bombshell dominated Smash during its entire run, it’s The Hit List which was introduced in the second season that’s getting new life. The fictional Broadway show that won seven fake Tonys on the NBC show will receive an actual real-life world premiere. On December 9, two performances of The Hit List will be performed at 54 Below in New York. Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus who all appeared on Smash will star in the live show which is co-presented by Season 2 showrunner Joshua Safran.

“HIT LIST, a modern fable about identity and the price of fame, tells the tragic love story of a wannabe pop singer who transforms herself to become a star and the hidden songwriter she uses to get there – but at what cost?” – 54 Below

54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club, is the new performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. Tickets are $55 plus a $25 food and beverage minimum. The two shows will begin at 9:30 and 11:00 pm. Check out clips from Smash and a 54 Below promo below.

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Smash Season 2 DVD Extras

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I never thought I’d write a post about Smash ever again. Never say never as they say. As much as I loved the show, I thought the Season 2 finale was a fitting way to end the series. Megan Hilty so deserved the Tony for Bombshell.

With the Season 2 DVD now available in stores, I thought I’d give one final post regarding the NBC musical show. The DVD extras include your usual fare of deleted scenes, commentaries and gag reel. I’ve embedded the blooper reel and a wicked performance battle between Katharine McPhee and Krysta Rodriguez below. It’s all very Beyonce and Lady Gaga in “Telephone.” Check it out below.

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Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) makes a return to comedy this fall in Sean Saves The World. Whether he saves the world remains to be seen. For right now, he’s saving one of his former Smash co-stars from the unemployment line. Sadly, the new gig is a double-edge sword. Good news is any paying gig is a good gig. Bad news, it’s a comedy on NBC which means no one will probably watch it and most likely get canceled. Hayes’ sitcom is a strong contender to be offed early.

On his new show, Hayes’ character attempts to both parent the teenage daughter who just moved in and appease a temperamental new boss. This Smash alum will play Liz, the best friend and co-worker of Sean’s. In the pilot, Lindsay Sloane played the part, but is now being replaced. Find out by whom below.

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Is NBC Giving Smash Fans A Glimmer of Hope?

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Once NBC banished Smash to the television graveyard, aka Saturday nights, to burn off the remainder of the episodes, the show was pretty much Sean Penn in Dead Man Walking. It was only a matter of time before the network officially canceled the show. In a rather somewhat surprising twist, the peacock network is airing the Season 2 finale on Sunday, May 26 instead of letting it die quietly on Saturday night.

What does this mean? Is NBC contemplating renewing the musical for a third go-round? Well, they did say it was a “season finale” and not a series one. Or are they simply just giving the show a proper send-off given it’s pedigree (Steven Spielberg) behind the scenes? Personally, I hope it gets one last season. I’d love to see Ivy (Megan Hilty) and Karen (Katharine McPhee) battle it out for a Tony award. At the very least, it could renew it so that NBC has an opportunity to air Smash on the other nights it hasn’t aired yet. In the two short seasons, the beleaguered show has aired on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and now Sunday.

Are you still watching Smash on Saturdays? What do you think of NBC’s decision to air the two-hour season finale on Sunday? If NBC does renew it, I wonder what it means for those actors who already booked pilots, most notably Debra Messing. Sound off below.

Glee, Grimm, Splash & Ready For Love News

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When FOX gave several shows renewal notices for next season and Glee wasn’t on that list, some were worried that the musical show was in danger of getting axed. Don’t worry Gleeks. The McKinley High group isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The show still averages 8.7 million viewers weekly, according to the network. In addition, the show has produced more than 53 million digitally downloaded singles as well as sold 13 million albums. Cash cow indeed.

FOX renewed the show not only for Season 5 but Season 6 as well. Clearly, negotiations were holding back the renewal announcement. It also looks like Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and company will remain intact behind the scenes. There were reports that they were leaving to focus on other projects.

“‘Glee’ debuted as the first and only successful musical comedy series on television, and more than four years later, it continues to defy genres, break new ground and have a significant impact on popular culture,” Reilly said in a statement. “Week in and week out, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Dante DiLoreto and the entire ‘Glee’ team deliver a series that not only delights and surprises fans, but also inspires them to talk about, share, debate and engage with the show — and I’m absolutely thrilled to have them on board for another two seasons.” – Kevin Reilly, Fox Broadcasting Company chairman of entertainment

Grimm, Splash and Ready For Love news after the jump

Watch Liza Minnelli On Smash

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Smash is pretty much the equivalent of Sean Penn in Dead Man Walking. It’s only a matter of time til NBC puts it out of its misery. They might as well make it official. The peacock network banished the musical to Saturday nights and the show’s stars including Debra Messing have started landing roles in pilots.

The eventual cancellation of Smash won’t be due to lack of effort. New showrunner Josh Safran certainly pulled out all the stops for Season 2. He wrote off several hated characters, most notably Ellis (Jaime Cepero), and gave Julia (Debra Messing) a brand new scarf-free look. He also enticed several high-profile names to guest star on the show including Jennifer Hudson, Sean Hayes and Jesse L. Martin. Even with that, Smash quickly crashed in the ratings. If Hudson’s heavily-promoted stint couldn’t bring in the ratings, I highly doubt Liza Minnelli can, especially now that it’s on Saturday night.

NBC just debuted a clip featuring Minnelli’s guest spot. She appears as herself singing a duet with Tom (Christian Borle). Together, they serenade Ivy (Megan Hilty) at a New York lounge. Snagging a film and Broadway legend is a major coup. Sadly, it won’t bring back Smash to life. Get your sneak peek at Liza below. Her episode airs this Saturday night.

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NBC Relocates Smash To Television Graveyard

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At least there’s a silver lining. Fans will have an opportunity to see how the second season of Smash plays out. NBC promised to air all 17 episodes they’ve ordered. Bad news, the musical show is pretty much canceled. Though NBC didn’t officially axe the show, displacing it to a new night pretty much puts the nail in the coffin.

The ratings are so bad, the peacock network isn’t even putting it on Friday nights, but rather Saturday. If Fridays are where shows go to die, Saturdays is where they go to get cremated. Not even the addition of Jennifer Hudson and Sean Hayes or the removal of Debra Messing’s scarves could save the show. Katharine McPhee and company better brush up their auditioning skills.

Hopefully, the writers provide a satisfying ending to the handful of people still watching Smash. The relocation won’t take place until April 6 which allows it to take advantage of a strong lead-in from The Voice which premieres on March 25. The Broadway-themed show isn’t the only change to the schedule. Check out other tweaks NBC made below.

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Poor Smash. Even with Jennifer Hudson, better storylines and no Ellis (Jaime Cepero), the ratings are sucking big time. It truly is a shame because Season 2 is so much better than the musical show’s freshman year. Much of that is due to the addition of Jeremy Jordan. The Broadway star (Newsies) has a killer voice and is pretty easy on the eyes. Imagine my jubilation when I came across a video of him performing a duet with another Broadway favorite.

Jordan recently participated in a fundraiser where he covered one of Smash‘s signature tracks- “Let Me Be Your Star.” If you watch the show, you’ll fondly remember it from the pilot originally sung by Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty. Jeremy enlisted Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening) to join him on the tune. He jokingly referred to Jonathan as his professional nemesis since Groff frequently beats him for jobs. The two slay “Let Me Be Your Star” and even don blond wigs during it. They may sound great, but they make for some fugly Marilyn Monroes.

Speaking of Monroe, Megan Hilty who vied hardcore to score the lead in the show’s musical Bombshell releases her debut album, It Happens All The Time, this week. The 31-year-old Broadway vet recently unveiled the lyric video for the lead cut, “No Cure.” Her debut effort fresh interpretations of compositions by contemporary songwriters as Aimee Mann, Sara Bareilles, Bruno Mars, Damien Rice and Taylor Swift. Listen to “No Cure” below, along with Jordan and Groff’s duet.

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