Smash is easily one of shows that I’m looking most forward to this season. This musical drama executive produced by Steven Spielberg chronicles the desires of a songwriting duo as they try to produce a Broadway musical based on the life of the legendary Marilyn Monroe.
As soon as the show premieres, people will be saying that NBC wanted to capitalize on the musical genre in primetime like Fox did with Glee. Smash has its similarities toward Glee, but it also has its differences, and the differences are big. First off, the cast. Starring Emmy Award winner Debra Messing (Will & Grace), Tony Award nominee Christian Borle (Legally Blonde: The Musical), Oscar Award winner Anjelica Huston, Megan Hilty (Wicked, 9 to 5: The Musical), and Katherine McPhee (American Idol) in her first acting role, this show is rooted in talent that has a vast Broadway or musical background.
I feel like this show will be hit for NBC from its first airing, or it will become one of the NBC’s dramas that have a great cast, perfect storylines, and the signature quality that only few NBC dramas have anymore that will struggle to find an audience and only survive through its first season. Luckily, NBC executives knew Smash would be highly compatible with the networks highly successful singing competition The Voice, and gave it the plump 10p.m. timeslot directly after the reality show. If The Voice is as big in the ratings as it was this summer, Smash will have no problems finding an audience.
Smash premieres Monday, February 6th at 10p.m. on NBC.