NBC, Mondays, February 6, 2012
Starring: Katherine McPhee (American Idol, The House Bunny), Debra Messing (Will & Grace), Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean, Flashforward), Brian D’Arcy James (the Broadway shows The Wild Party, Shrek, and Next to Normal), Christian Borle (the musical Spamalot), Megan Hilty (Wicked), and Anjelica Huston (Ever After).
Plot: People putting on a Broadway Show about Marilyn Monroe.
Why We Are Excited: This. Cast. Is. Epic. One of us loves Katherine McPhee (one of us doesn’t like her because her music is boring, but that blogger will keep an open mind because Kat looks good in the preview.) Debra Messing is a grounding, likeable presence. Jack Davenport was one of only, like, three tolerable things about Flashforward. Megan Hilty was a great, hilarious Glinda when Ern saw her in Wicked. The real trick is going to be making her look less talented than McPhee. Anjelica Huston has an Academy Award. And if they don’t let Brian D’Arcy James sing, we will smash our TVs in a rage. (Then we will buy new, better ones.) Also, we love musicals and musical shows. This features original songs. We might get more of a theater sound, rather than top-40 Glee covers with heavy autotune.
Why We Are Not Excited: Glee already exists, and we both watch it, although it has been argued that Glee has an “angry undercurrent” now, and we think there is merit to that. Although Smash looks a lot different from Glee, they are both musical shows, and audiences might be sick of those. We also think that Jack Davenport's womanizer might annoy us. Haven't we had enough of those on TV?
Anticipation Score: 8.5/10
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