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Smash

2 Seasons

Season 2
4.6 out of 5 stars (974) IMDb 7.7/10

In Season 2 of Smash, the "Bombshell" team is one step closer to achieving their Broadway dream. The Boston run was the success the team was hoping for, including producer Eileen Rand (Anjelica Huston); writers Tom Levitt (Christian Borle); and Julia Houston (Debra Messing); last-minute star Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee); and director Derek Wills (Jack Davenport). But, they are all about to learn even a charmed show cannot avoid paying for sins of the past. Will Eileen get away with mixing business and pleasure with her shady paramour, Nick (guest star Thorsten Kaye)? Will Julia's marriage to Frank (guest star Brian d'Arcy James) survive the revelation of her infidelity? Will actress Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) bounce back from the shame of losing the lead role to rival Karen and bedding her fiance in retaliation? And will Tom and Julia's long-time partnership endure the changing tides of opportunity?

Starring:
Debra Messing, Jack Davenport

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Season 2

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1. On Broadway

"Bombshell" returns to New York in hopes of landing a theater for its Broadway debut, but a new scandal puts its fate in jeopardy.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: February 5, 2013
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2. The Fallout

Back from a successful run in Boston, Eileen (Anjelica Huston), Julia (Debra Messing) and Tom (Christian Borle) are blindsided by both personal and professional obstacles as they seek to take "Bombshell" to Broadway. Karen (Katharine McPhee) consults her new mentor, Broadway star Veronica "Ronnie" Moore (guest star Jennifer Hudson), as she finds herself on the brink of fame, but her success may come at cost to Ivy (Megan Hilty). A new talent (Jeremy Jordan) is discovered in an unexpected place. Meanwhile, Derek (Jack Davenport) copes with a damaging accusation.

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3. The Dramaturg

Partnerships are tested as Eileen asks Tom and Julia to contend with an unwelcome new collaborator, while Jimmy and Kyle prepare to present their work for the first time.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: February 19, 2013
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4. The Song

Derek calls in help for a special event, but Jimmy's pride might get in the way of a huge opportunity Karen orchestrates for him and Kyle.

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5. The Read-Through

Julia's fears increase when Tom airs his suspicions of Peter.Jimmy and Kyle confront their own crisis of confidence as "Hit List" is read for the first time.

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6. The Fringe

Derek (Jack Davenport) and Karen (Katharine McPhee) find themselves at a surprising crossroads, forcing one of them to make a difficult choice.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: March 12, 2013
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7. Musical Chairs

New circumstances give rise to conflicts as Karen (Katharine McPhee), Tom (Christian Borle), Julia (Debra Messing) and Derek (Jack Davenport) adjust to their new surroundings. Tensions at "Liaisons" are also coming to a boil, ensuring that the show will find its place in Broadway history. Meanwhile, Eileen (Anjelica Huston) may have found the key to saving "Bombshell" with the help of her daughter, Katie (guest star Grace Gummer).

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: March 19, 2013
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8. The Bells and Whistles

When Ivy (Megan Hilty) brings Sam (Leslie Odom, Jr.), back to town, Tom (Christian Borle) finds himself in an awkward situation.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: March 26, 2013
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9. The Parents

After Leigh Conroy (guest star Bernadette Peters) joins the cast of "Bombshell," Tom (Christian Borle) finds himself struggling to diffuse the years of tension between her and Ivy (Megan Hilty).

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: April 2, 2013
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10. The Surprise Party

With guest star Liza Minnelli in tow, Tom (Christian Borle) plans a surprise for Ivy (Megan Hilty) in an attempt to find a balance between their work life and their friendship.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: April 6, 2013
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11. The Dress Rehearsal

As Tom (Christian Borle) and Julia (Debra Messing) race to ready "Bombshell" for previews, Tom's eagerness to prove himself may not be the best thing for the show.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: April 13, 2013
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12. Opening Night

It's "Bombshell's" opening night. As Ivy's (Megan Hilty) nerves get the better of her, support comes from an unlikely source. Meanwhile, Tom (Christian Borle) and Julia (Debra Messing) look to their next project.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: April 20, 2013
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13. The Producers

An off-the-rail Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) threatens "Hit List's" future, as Karen (Katharine McPhee), Derek (Jack Davenport), Ana (Krysta Rodriguez) and Kyle (Andy Mientus) try to help him before something bad happens.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: April 27, 2013
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14. The Phenomenon

An unexpected event bonds both "Bombshell" and "Hit List."

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: May 4, 2013
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15. The Transfer

With his sights set on the Tony, Tom (Christian Borle) pulls out all the stops at a Houston & Levitt tribute night, but can Julia (Debra Messing) turn away from "Hit List" long enough to help? Ivy (Megan Hilty) is afraid of damaging her reputation when Tom asks her to perform a risqué number. The cast of "Hit List" is rocked by a betrayal close to home.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: May 11, 2013
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16. The Nominations

It's a crucial moment for both shows as Tony nominations loom, but keeping your eye on the prize can be hard. As Tom (Christian Borle) crosses an influential Tony voter and Ivy (Megan Hilty) copes with some very distracting news, Derek's (Jack Davenport) past has repercussions for the entire "Hit List" team.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: May 26, 2013
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17. The Tonys

It's a crucial moment for both shows as Tony nominations loom, but keeping your eye on the prize can be hard. As Tom (Christian Borle) crosses an influential Tony voter and Ivy (Megan Hilty) copes with some very distracting news, Derek's (Jack Davenport) past has repercussions for the entire "Hit List" team.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 26, 2013
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Bonus: Sneak Peek

Get a first look at Season 2 of NBC's hit musical drama, Smash!

TV-14 CC Runtime: 4 minutes Release date: January 14, 2013
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I loved this show to death. Broadway is such an incredible thing for me. It's so alive and it was so thrilling to have a show that celebrated that. Not only through original musicals, but by showcasing Broadway talents like Megan Hilty, Christian Borle, Jeremy Jordan and even having work by Joe Iconis. All the cameos from Broadway actors was just a great treat.

This show had flaws. There were ridiculous characters and just stupid, awfully written story lines. People were fired, including the show's creator, Theresa Rebeck. There was a lot of fire tossed around between the creative team, which eventually led to its downfall. NBC also played their hand stupidly with this show by not marketing it correctly and constantly just leaving it behind. It's a shame, really. There was a lot of buzz for this show and what it was going to be. I can only imagine what this show could've been if it weren't for such a rocky two seasons behind the production and NBC.

Regardless, we still got two seasons of incredible music and beautiful performances and characters. We even got lesser known, but certainly not less talented Broadway actors like Wesley Taylor, Andy Mientus and Krysta Rodriguez. They were noticed, and honestly that's all I wanted from this show. I wanted for people who weren't familiar with Broadway to realize why so many people love it. I wanted people to realize that there are so many talented people behind the theater just as there are performing. Broadway is an incredible gift to another who loves art and life.

So thank you, Smash. Thank you for letting the world get just a bit of Broadway's grace through the television.
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Despite the bad reviews this show's been getting I am a fan and think that despite the bad reviews and its cancellation on NBC, this show deserves a full run. I'd give Season 1 three stars because of the bumpy start, but Season 2 really came on strong ... just too late to glean the kinds of ratings on NBC that would make it a sure renew. (NBC's killed several good shows so why should we trust their judgment?)

Sure there are a few characters who border on caricature, but this is entertainment and escapism, not reality. I love Megan Hilty and Christian Borle in this, and even though Katherine McPhee hasn't really been able to show her real chops, she is playing as naive a character as she should, given the fantasy kid-from-nowhere-makes-Broadway storyline. I have a recommendation - given Amazon's recent show production efforts - why not pick this one up instead of the poorly-received "musical comedy/satire" Browsers?
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By Amanda on May 21, 2013
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I love SMASH, I love the characters and I love the story line. I hate that it has been cancelled I can only hope that the two hour finale next week is amazing and closes all the gaps. I don't want to be left hanging. Hopefully since they knew ahead of time that they were being cancelled the writers have had more time to make it spectacular. Can't wait to see what Megan Hilty and Katherine McPhee do after SMASH. I am really going to miss Debra Messing in a sitcom also things haven't been the same since Will and Grace left television. This show would have done much better on a different network I am sure. If Glee can stay on as long as it has then what is the problem with SMASH? Well it seems like a network issue to me and not enough marketing I didn't even hear about it during the first season, I was told about it from and employee at the start of Season 2.
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When a show has top-shelf casting, along with expensive musical numbers, and an iTunes tie-in with Columbia Records, it has to make money. "Smash" survives in a very meta world in its series finale. Bernadette Peters' character mentions something about how it's the worst thing for an actor/actress/show to lose momentum. That's exactly what happened to "Smash". After a rocky first year, "Smash" ended with a bang. And then it went off the air for nine months. People forgot about it. When it finally returned in February of 2013, only the hardcore fans returned, and this isn't nearly enough people to keep the show going. That small number of fans who wanted to see where this thing went in its sophomore (and as it would turn out, final) year.

Theatre director Theresa Rebeck had complete creative control of "Smash" in its first year. And while a lot of what she did worked, more of it did not work. She was fired, and offered to come back to the show as an executive producer, but decided not to return to it in any capacity, because of how "terrible" NBC allegedly treated her. She went on to make snide and childish comments about the second season, calling it a "complete disaster."

Theresa Rebeck is a delusional, narcissistic shrew.

I think the second season of Smash was brilliant. It was near perfect. When the entire cast of the show's second season lined up in a row in the beginning of the show's final hour, and sang Queen's "Under Pressure", a monumentally important song, I felt chills, and I even got a little misty-eyed, because it finally dawned on me that this is the last time we'll see these characters. It felt like the moment in "Rent", where they all sing "Seasons of Love" on a bare stage. It's a powerful and lovely moment.
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