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  • eastwest
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    #236728

    The series premieres on 2/6 on NBC. The pilot is now available for free on Itunes.
     

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    Trent
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    #236730

    Really anticipating this one.

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    psychadelicboy33
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    #236731

    Just finished watching the pilot, it’s amazing!!!

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    BenitoDelicias
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    the Pilot leaked by the way…I’ll be watching later today…

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    Space
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    #236733

    well, it’s free on iTunes…

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    Renaton
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    #236734

    iTunes does not let people from other countries download it, Space. But still, it’s good, because we can feel less like pirates this time.

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    Rexy Jolly
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    Katharine McPhee, Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, Marilyn Monroe, Broadway. Testosterone be damned. LOL! But the pilot was awesome. It was so worth the wait. I’m gonna love this show. I just know it. 😉

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    Denis
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    This is one of the most amazing casts I’ve seen lately, the show is magnificent, the performances are superb, Debra messing is outstanding. This show  is just brilliant and will sweep the emmys and the globes.

    Pilot: A+

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    Renaton
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     SPOILER-ISH VERY LONG POST:

    Well, I liked it, but something about it still felt undercooked. I feel having that many characters in the pilot, plus the cheesy incidental score were what kept it from being a great pilot, but it’s still a good one.

    I liked the first two songs, and the baseball number especially was a lot of fun, but the “Norma Jean”, even though it had a good concept and was well directed, but the song itself had a very boring, generic inspirational Broadway ballad feel that didn’t really work for me.

    The directing was better than the writing by the way. The pace and tone of the scenes were good, but some of the writing was clunky (like the assistant, or the scenes of McPhee and her parents, or Hilty’s phone call), but there were still some good writing moments, like the very quick scene of Houston and her husband, or McPhee meeting with Davenport, and some of the smaller interactions too (like how quickly the tone established for the friendship of Messing and Borle).

    I feel sometimes the writers go for genuine emotion, but in the context of the pilot, where so many scenes were just so quick, and with that cheesy score, some of them were trying too hard. But they still worked in having interesting elements about the process of making the musical. The scene with Hilty siging the first song, only for it to leak online, and how it sparks conversation, and the reputation of the people envolved, and how they relate to each other… it seems like they are interested in world-building, and I feel they the planted the seed for it well, even if they still could (and should) strive to get a better flow of it.

    Now, to the one thing people around these boards are always obsessed with: the actors. I have to say, I don’t think McPhee was earth shattering or anything, but she did have some fine moments. The scene with her in Davenport’s apartment really was the scene that worked the best for me in the pilot, and a lot of that has to do with how good both her and Davenport pulled it off. I think she has potential to get better as the season progresses, as long as the writing for her continues to be as good.

    I’m not really familiar with Hilty, but wasn’t so impressed by her acting chops as her singing voice and dancing, but I think that a lot of that has to do with the fact that she didn’t have as much screentime and development. However, her scenes in the dressing room and the phone call to her mom fell flat and didn’t really spark any genuine emotion for me. She does have the best musical number though, as she was great in the baseball dance sequence.

    Out of the two, i’d say McPhee has the slight advantage right now, for having better material to work with, and having at least one good acting scene (plus the “Beautiful” number was good and kinda emotional, even if a bit cheesy, with her imagining the boyfriend in the audition, something they should have definitely worked without). However, I say this with reservations, as both of them still have to get a lot better, and the other actors worked somewhat better than they (with exception of the assistant), and they aren’t Emmy-nomination worthy (yet).

    Houston and Davenport left me curious, as they had the best performances in the pilot with very few, brief scenes. It’s probably because of the entire cast, they’re the ones that feel more organic. Borle was good, and so far, the only one with both enough good development and performance. Messing was good, but her adoption plot was one of the least interesting for me, I have to say. Maybe it will get better. her scenes with Borle though show potential for some great chemistry between the two.
     
    In the end, I’ll tune in for a few more episodes to get a better feel of it, and see how they develop. But here’s still a lot of potential for this if they do it right. Especially because now I wanna know who gets the part! (even though I feel it will probably be McPhee).
     

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    24Emmy
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    #236738

    I loved this pilot. The cast really gelled and the performances were fun. I can’t wait for more eps!

    “Let Me Be Your Star” and “The National Pastime” are strong contenders for the original song category. Which one did you guys like more?

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    Lone Pirate
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    #236739

    Is this show something besides Glee with/for adults? With all of the cop procedurals, family sitcoms, singing competition shows, I suppose it was just a matter of time before another type of knock-off arrived on television.

    What will happen in season two after the show presumably opens and is a smash? Will the show follow the characters week after week on stage? Will the producers and such move on to a new show? I guess I don’t see the long-term potential for the show despite how badly NBC needs it.

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    Atypical
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    The plan is for season 1 to chronicle the show-within-a-show’s off (off)-Broadway run. In season 2 (if “Smash” survives), it will be about the show’s Broadway run. I’m guessing there will be new challenges/ characters/ melodramas along the way for both seasons. Or they might do a new cast/new show mounting for each season.

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    Trent
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    Epic pilot. Already knocked Glee out of the park. I’m calling it now that “Let Me Be Your Star” will take Best Original Song. The pilot will probably get a writing/directing nomination. This is how I see this show submitting:

    LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA:
    Debra Messing
    Katharine McPhee

    SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA:
    Megan Hilty
    Anjelica Huston

    The guys will all go supporting.

    Grade: A
    MVP: Messing 

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    Choice Chayawat
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    The plan is for season 1 to chronicle the show-within-a show’s off (off)-Broadway run. In season 2 (if “Smash” survives), it will be about the show’s Broadway run. I’m guessing there will be new challenges/ characters/ melodramas along the way for both seasons. Or they might do a new cast/new show mounting for each season.

    Don’t they plan to do one musical per season? In case it gets renewed, season 2 will start off with a new musical project.

    As for the pilot, the musical aspect of the show was amazing. However, the characters, their interrelationship and dynamics, including their personal dramas haven’t been engaging yet. So how long will the audition between Ivy and Karen take? I can see they doing a double cast in the end.
    Can’t believe I’m saying this, but I kinda prefer Glee’s pilot to this.

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    Atypical
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    [quote=”Atypical”]

    The plan is for season 1 to chronicle the show-within-a show’s off (off)-Broadway run. In season 2 (if “Smash” survives), it will be about the show’s Broadway run. I’m guessing there will be new challenges/ characters/ melodramas along the way for both seasons. Or they might do a new cast/new show mounting for each season.

    Don’t they plan to do one musical per season? In case it gets renewed, season 2 will start off with a new musical project.

    As for the pilot, the musical aspect of the show was amazing. However, the characters, their interrelationship and dynamics, including their personal dramas haven’t been engaging yet. So how long will the audition between Ivy and Karen take? I can see they doing a double cast in the end.
    Can’t believe I’m saying this, but I kinda prefer Glee’s pilot to this.[/quote]

    That’s what it said in EW. Whether they stick with that plan is anyone’s guess, but take it up with them.

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