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Smash: Pilot

17 Jan

So guess what! The Smash pilot is available for free on Itunes right now! NBC really wants people to watch this thing, you guys. So I kindly obliged. And I very much enjoyed it! And it had so many exciting people! Christian Borle! Brian d’Arcy James! Mrs. Weir from Freaks and Geeks! Alex Wong! Annaleigh Ashford! With the Broadway/So You Think You Can Dance/characters from beloved shows mix of guest stars/cameos it really was like a better plotted, better written, more adult version of Glee (current Glee I mean–it wasn’t as good as the Glee pilot, but that version of the show disappeared real fast). It also did a good job setting up all the characters, and made me want to know more about them, particularly what exactly happened between Christian Borle’s character and the director, who is obviously a huge skeeze.

My main problem right now is the same problem I’ve had since I first heard about the show: I cannot buy Katharine McPhee as a credible rival to Megan Hilty. I’m sure I’m biased because I’ve seen Megan live and she was amazing and I love her, but even stepping back from that I just don’t think they’re in the same league. There was one part where they were singing the same song at the same time, and Megan’s voice just overpowered Katharine’s. There’s no doubt Katharine is a very good singer, but Megan’s singing is just richer. It also didn’t help that the audition song that Katharine’s character sang was Beautiful, which I can’t stand. I’m assuming at this point that Katharine’s character is going to be the one that gets the part, just based on how the show has been set up, and I just don’t think that’s believable based on looks or talent–but maybe the show will prove me wrong, who knows. Plus, we’re living in a world where Taylor Swift was just cast as Eponine in the Les Miz movie, so I guess anything is possible (not that Katharine’s character getting the part would be anywhere NEAR the travesty that is that decision). And I did like how neither girl is being set up as a villain–they’re rivals, but they’re also both good people. Though based on the preview, it looks like Megan’s character is heading for some poor decisions. I also have one other issue: Debra Messing’s character talked about how she didn’t want anyone else to do the Marilyn musical, basically because she wanted to make sure she wasn’t treated as a joke, but that baseball number seemed pretty Marilyn-as-joke to me. The other songs they sang were better though, so I’ll reserve judgment until I’ve seen more.

I’ll definitely be watching the show when it comes on for real, but I’m very curious to see how they’re going to sustain this past a season. I mean it obviously takes a looong time for musicals to get from conception to Broadway, but I don’t know if “We’re going into previews! Oh now it’s time for some editing based on feedback!” and so on will be particularly fun plot lines to watch in the future. We shall see…

Hello again

23 May

Aaaand I’m back, after a finals/initial summer laziness crash-induced break. Just in time for almost all of my shows to be off the air, sadly, leaving me with a four + month wait to find out how the whole Morgan being the new intersect thing is going to work out; how the heck Fringe is going to deal with the Peter-not-existing business; who is pregnant on Gossip Girl and whether Blair will ever man up and stop running back to Chuck; and so on and so forth (thank goodness for cliffhanger-less shows like Modern Family). But at least the mostly-barren summer TV landscape promises one thing: So You Think You Can Dance! It finally comes back on Thursday and I can’t wait. Here’s hoping they got rid of the whole all stars thing this season. And that the audition episodes will go by quickly so we can get to the good stuff.

Of course, summer also means upfronts, which means previews of all the shows for next season. Some look good, some look bad, and some look really bad, but I’m going to give a few of them a chance. The one I really want to talk about, though, is Smash. Here’s the preview:

Now, I guess this is NBC’s grown up answer to Glee, and it looks like it could be good. And, hopefully, it’ll actually contain things like a plot that makes sense, continuity, and character development–things that Glee has been lacking for a long time. It even has the mom from Freaks and Geeks! But I have one serious complaint: Katherine McPhee (the brunette) is a good singer. But in what universe could she ever beat Megan Hilty (the blonde) for anything, ever? Maybe I’m biased, because Megan Hilty played Glinda when I saw Wicked and she was amazing, but seriously. No. Way. But the way it’s being set up makes it seem like she’s going to. I’ll reserve judgment until I see the actual show (maybe they’ll make Megan tone down her awesomeness, or something), but this is going to take a serious suspension of disbelief.