1. Smash: A Dashing New Duo!
Some of you know I might have a teeny tiny crush on a show called Glee, so you can imagine how much I absolutely love NBC’s racy, innovative, and infectiously fun musical drama Smash! The
season two premiere is still a month away, (Feb. 5!) but lucky for you Broadway lovers, I asked Santa for a sneak peek and I was very good this year! The first episode back is a whopping two hours long, and it is packed to the brim with new characters, thrilling musical numbers, and so many twists and turns that you’ll definitely need a neck brace when it’s done.Here's
what I can spill about the episode: Dev is officially out of the picture and so far there is absolutely no sign of Julia’s drone of a son Leo. (Cue the applause please!) We get to meet two new fellas, Jimmy
and Kyle, who are beyond talented and of course — in tru Smash fashion — they’re definitely easy on the eyes. Think of this dynamic playwriting duo as the new Julia and Tom. Kyle writes the book, and Jimmy uses his swoon-worthy voice and musical skills to create the songs. While the Marilyn Musical Bombshell is caught in yet another pre-production snafu, Karen discovers the newbies in a bar and is
instantly entranced by their powerful ballads and unique sound. There is only one problem—Jimmy (the so-hot-it-hurts one) has a massive chip on his shoulder and doesn’t want Karen (aka “Princess”) to help him and his partner achieve their dreams. Not to worry: Karen is determined to help their Broadway-bound show—whether they like it or not. Looks like Karen’s got herself a new beau to crush on!
Smash - First photos of Liza Minelli in Season 2!
For its second season, NBC’s Smash is undergoing a reboot that includes more musicals and bigger star power, like Entertainment Weekly cover girl Jennifer Hudson and music icon Liza Minnelli. EW has the exclusive first images of Minnelli, who plays herself in episode 10 of the musical drama. The actress even gets to sing an original song, written by Smash producers Marc Shaiman and Scott Whittman, alongside star Christian Borle, who plays Tom. “This [Broadway] community is so small that a Tom would know Liza Minnelli personally,” says NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. “It’s an episode where Tom is trying to make it up to Ivy (Megan Hilty) because they’ve had a bit of a falling out. He takes her to a restaurant because it’s her birthday and as a peace-offering, he presents Liza Minnelli to sing a song that he wrote. And Christian and Liza sing it together.” Check out another image of Minnelli below.
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They also released the gag reel to season 1 because the Season 1 DVDs are being release January 8th, but I can't find a way to embed the video so here's a link to the Entertainment Weekly page with the video. The only good parts of it are Jack Davenport and Christian Borle. EW also did a big article about the new season and a photoshoot with Megan Hilty, Katherine McPhee, and Jennifer Hudson, but I couldn't find a good source for the pics so I didn't include it. If someone else knows where to find it, I'll edit it in.
So, do you think Season 2's going to be better than Season 1, or will it just be another trainwreck?