Upfronts: Advertisers Intrigued By ‘Smash’ And ‘Prime Suspect’ But Question Sitcoms

Upfronts: It’s All About Ads & The Economy

Advertisers like NBC’s and Fox’s decisions to add comedies to their fall lineups but say the clips shown to them today don’t show enough to suggest whether any will become hits. ”Comedies are the hardest … Read More »

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PILOT CASTINGS: NBC’s ‘Smash’, Fox’s ‘I Hate My Teenage Daughter’ Find Leads

Nellie Andreeva

Broadway actor Christian Borle has landed the male lead opposite Debra Messing in NBC’s Broadway-themed pilot Smash, which is based on an idea by Steven Spielberg. The pilot, from DreamWorks TV and UMS, follows a cross section of … Read More »

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Katharine McPhee Joins NBC Pilot ‘Smash’

By | Sunday February 13, 2011 @ 4:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

American Idol alumna-turned-actress Katharine McPhee has landed a co-starring role in the NBC hourlong pilot Smash, which will feature the Idol Season 5 runner-up sing. The pilot, from DreamWorks TV and UMS, is based on an idea by Steven Spielberg and follows a cross section of characters who come together to put on a Marilyn Monroe musical on Broadway led by the musical’s composer Tom and lyricist Julia (Debra Messing). McPhee will play a beautiful struggling actress who goes to all lengths to book the role of Marilyn Monroe in the musical. Read More »

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Jack Davenport To Co-Star In NBC’s ‘Smash’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: I hear FlashForward alum Jack Davenport will co-star opposite Debra Messing in the NBC hourlong pilot Smash, which was based on an idea by Steven Spielberg. The pilot, from DreamWorks TV and UMS, follows a cross section of characters who … Read More »

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NBC Orders Steven Spielberg Musical Pilot

Nellie Andreeva

New NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt is putting his stamp on the network’s development with a pilot order for a project he originally developed while at Showtime. NBC just greenlighted Smash, an ambitious one-hour musical about the mounting of a … Read More »

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