Before Glee premiered, it was one of the most anticipated shows pretty much EVER. After the pilot aired in May 2009, so many of us waited on the edge of our seats all summer long for the show to air in its full glory on FOX. Now American Idol's Katharine McPhee is hoping the preview of her new NBC show, Smash -- which she premiered on The Voice last night -- will set the stage for the same kind of hot anticipation.
But judging from the Smash trailer, the show that's being called "the adult Glee" probably won't steal the spotlight from the kids of McKinley High. Centered around the auditions for a new Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe, the Steven Spielberg-produced drama stars McPhee as a struggling actress who has yet to make it big and has to compete against a Kristin Chenoweth-ish established star.
Sure, the cast looks stellar -- Angelica Houston and Debra Messing are icons who make Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch in their pre-Glee days seem like nobodies. But who cares if the show itself is crap?
I'm not seeing where the multiple plot lines, catchy "I gotta have it on my iPod NOW!" downloadable iTunes tracks, or fresh intrigue is going to be in Smash. In the preview, if you saw it or if you watch below, you'll notice that they're going for some kind of twisted, Melrose Place-y or Lifetime movie plot between Katharine's character and the musical's director. There's also going to be a heated rivalry between Katharine's character (who is clearly the Rachel Berry here) and the blondie (who is probably like the Quinn here). Yaaaaaawn.
It just feels, well, stale, and like a Glee rehash for grownups. And the thing is, grownups don't really need their own Glee. They LOVE Glee. It's not High School Musical. It's not a Disney kiddie show. It's written so well, the songs are so catchy, it's so damn funny and likable that anyone from 10 to 50 years old on up can fall in love with it.
Smash on the other hand? I'm not so sure it's going to have that mainstream likability. But I guess we'll just have to wait and see if Katharine -- and the show itself -- has what it takes to give Glee a run for its musical money.
Here's the video of the preview if you haven't seen it yet.
What do you think -- could Smash be as great as Glee or is it clearly a crappy ripoff?
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