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  • efficiency
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    #265679

    Fantastic four minute promo has been put together by NBC for the upcoming second season of Smash.

    In my opinion, it looks fantastic! If Uma Thurman was able to score a nomination for her guest role, Jennifer Hudson could certainly win the Emmy if her singing in this clip has anything to do with it. 

    Megan Hilty looks like she will have some great material as her character recovers from losing her dream role and seemingly ODing in the season one finale. And Debra Messing’s character seems to have a bit more substance. She was great last season with some subpar writing for Julia, so she could do really well now her character will be sorted out.

    The staging, choreography and art direction all looks superb.

    What do we all think?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrTX73FmTEI

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    upitt
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    #265681

    WOW!!!!! Jennifer Hudson!!!! I seriously think that she will be an Emmy contender with those clips!

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    Atypical
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    #265682

    “Smash” landed the Winter TV Preview EW cover:

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    Fishbiscuit
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    #265683

    Debating on if I should give Smash another shot. 

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    Denis
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    Laactingnyc
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    I need to catch up on this series. I still have a few episodes to watch. lol

    I like debra messing in this and i like megan hilty in this. McPhee is so freakin annoying……… she’s always the “goodie two shoes”. She’s like the Rachel Berry of Smash.

    I was surprised Huston didn’t get an emmy nomination….. shes the best part of the show

    Hudson looks good in the clips but if she wins the emmy it better be for her acting and not for her singing. Personally i’m rooting for McClaine in Downton Abbey.    🙂

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    Atypical
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    #265686

    Episode Titles: “On Broadway”; “The Fallout”

    Synopsis: In the two-hour season 2 premiere, “Bombshell” runs into financial trouble that could threaten the production indefinitely; Karen is mentored by a rising Broadway star and discovers a new artist in an unexpected place; Julia faces a personal crisis with her husband.

    Guest Star: Jennifer Hudson

    Discuss. 

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    Alijah Purdy
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    I agree Hudson will have some serious competition in Drama Guest Actress. She’ll have to deal with Shirley MacLaine from Downton Abbey, Jane Fonda for The Newsroom, Alfre Woodard for True Blood AND/OR Private Practice, Joan Cusack for Shameless, and not to mention Liza Minnelli will also be guest starring on Smash this season.

    From the promos, it appears as though Hudson might be in most of the season this year. If that’s the case, she might consider submitting in Supporting Actress. The only real threat she’ll have is Maggie Smith.

    I didn’t watch the first season, but this season looks like it will be much better than the first. So I’ll tune in for the first couple of episodes at least, and if I find it as boring as the first season, I’ll stop.

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    Alijah Purdy
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    By the way, they’ve lined up some great guest stars for this season.

    Sean Hayes
    Jennifer Hudson
    Liza Minnelli
    Rosie O’Donnell
    Jesse L. Martin
    Sheryl Lee Ralph

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    I’m surprised I’m the first to comment post-airing, but I have more general thoughts than those specific to the 2 hour season premiere:

    Mainly, I’m still on “Team Ivy” and really loved Megan Hilty’s cover of Don’t Dream It’s Over. I think that it’s so much better than the Glee cover. Plus, I’m really happy, at least based on the previews, that she’ll be singing Dancing On My Own at some point. I heard that it was cut or never filmed (even though intended) for this week’s Glee episode, so, even though I know the show is trying to get away from doing too many covers, I feel like the ones they’ve done have worked so far.

    I also think that the show would be much better if someone other than Katharine McPhee was playing Karen, but, since that seems to be non-negotiable, I’ll try to muddle through that reality.

    And I think that the additions of Jennifer Hudson and Jeremy Jordan are working so far. On the Today show yesterday, McPhee said that Hudson is around for “3 or 4 episodes,” so I hope she’s got enough to do in those. Right now, I think she’s primed for contention in the guest acting category. Right now, it looks to me like Cusack, Devine, Fonda, and Maclaine are the most likely candidates, and I’ve got to think that some The Good Wife contender will get in (Plimpton if Patti Nyholm comes back, but I’m really liking Maura Tierney’s arc), but if Uma Thurman could get in last year, I have to think that Hudson is in good shape.

    2 week break now, but I’m already looking forward to the next 16 episodes!

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    The ratings were TERRIBLE (1.1 for the demo), needs to improve.

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    Wow, I am shocked to find out the ratings were so low for the newly revamped Smash.  I am guessing not having the voice as a lead-in hurt a bit.  I am also wondering if Smash has been permanently poisoned by bad reviews and constant bashing.  This might be a similar situation to Glee, where it was bashed so much that it never really recovered from that.  I think after the beating Glee took its second season and into its third season, it was pretty much ruined ratings wise.  While Glee may have stabalized since then, I doubt it will ever bee the ratings or pop-culture hit it once was.  And sadly, Smash never made it anywhere near Glee’s rating or relevance to begin with, so it might only get worse from here out.

    Not to beat a dead horse, but I still cannot help feel that Katherine McPhee struggles as Karen whatshername.  When I watch her I feel like I am watching someone trying to be a star.  When I see Megan Hilty in Smash, I feel like I am watching a star.  I know she was actually on Broadway, but I feel the show is so much more entertaining when she is the main focus.  Katherine McPhee does a nice job, but I am never wowed by her like I am Hilty.  And that is kind of odd considering McPhee is billed as the main-star of the show.

    Over-all I enjoyed the two hour-premiere and will stick around to see what is coming.  I enjoyed seeing Jennifer Hudson and do not mind she is only sticking around for a couple of episodes.  I think the focus should be on Ivy and Karen, so I do not mind JHud more or less making a cameo.  I doubt the ratings will increase, which is a shame considering the cast as a whole is so amazingly talented. 

    Like most others, I am glad to see the cast changes.  I do not miss any of the departed characters.  I am also excited by the addition of the new cast, especially Jeremy Jordan.  So far he has fit well into the show, and it looks like he will have much more chemistry with Karen than her fiance ever did.  I still wish they would find a better way to use Debra Messing.  I don’t think she does a bad job, but her character still comes off as boring and lost.  I hope they can find something more substantial for such a talented actress.

    Despite the anemic ratings, great start to the new season and I am looking forward to the season ahead.

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    The ratings were TERRIBLE (1.1 for the demo), needs to improve.

    They won’t… 

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    The ratings were TERRIBLE (1.1 for the demo), needs to improve.

    They won’t… 

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    The two premiere episodes were a definite improvement and feel like the show is moving in the right direction.  Jeremy Jordan is an awesome addition.  I love him already.  I like that the characters have more of a diversity of work-related problems rather than all of them focusing on the same Bombshell-related problem and then dipping off into half-baked side stories.  The direction they are going with Ivy is a good one.  I really wish I’d liked her more last season, but the character just kept doing things to annoy me.  Karen (who I still prefer to refer to as ‘the Cartwright girl’) has become kind of a diva, which is good because it takes away a lot of that Iowa wide-eyed butter-wouldn’t-melt bumpkin, and they’re also embracing/acknowledging some of the things that made her annoying last season (like how she kind of seems like someone’s grandmother when she’s trying to be cool), but she’s still kind of dense about a lot of things.  How could she not know that singing that song at the party was the exact wrong thing to do?  I feel like I’m no longer being told Karen’s the good one and Ivy’s the bad one, which is nice.  Now that Julia has arisen from her funk and her family life has been permanently destroyed, I’m hoping she comes across some better story as well.  With the new musical-writing duo on the show, she and Tom will have to compete to keep Karen and Derek interested, and Julia was already better in these two episodes than she was pretty much all of last season.  I enjoyed what I saw of Jennifer Hudson so far, though it seems really dated that her character’s name is Veronica Moore. 

    I’m excited to see what comes next, and I’m hopeful that the ratings will improve at least to some degree.  The competition on Tuesday at 9 is much heavier than on Monday at 10, not to mention the major nets were not giving Smash much competition that would likely detract from its target audience anyway.  Plus, if they can acknowledge that a lot of people were hate-watching the show, why not make the next logical conclusion that two hours during primetime might be too much time to devote to a show that you don’t even like?  I liked the show, and even I wasn’t going to watch it for two hours on Tuesday night. 

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