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07 February 2012 @ 01:02 pm
My thoughts on Smash :)  
Those who've been on my flist for awhile know that I LOVE Broadway music, so naturally, it's no surprise that I've been excited (if wary) about NBC's Smash. Well, I watched it, and I haz thoughts ...

I REALLY loved it. There were a few moments that didn't work (the most glaring when Tom -- Christian Borle, Emmett from Legally Blonde and Jimmy from Thoroughly Modern Millie -- casually told the assistant that the musical was his idea, yeah, right, like that's gonna happen!), but overall, it felt pretty real. The callbacks, the frustrations, the auditioning, the callbacks, the casting couch, the clashing egos, the magnificent singing. Ahhh! Both Katherine McPhee and Megan Hilty really were wonderful. I know some have complained that McPhee was too wan and timid, but I felt that it was intentional for the role because she did start to come to life when she sang, and she captured the vulnerability of Marilyn beautifully.

I do know her from American Idol, but I wasn't a fan, however, I'm really liking her and her singing in this. Megan Hilty, I know only from her work as Doralee in 9-to5, but she's great too and a fabulous singer as well. And the acting is top-notch, from the supporting characters to our leads. Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston and Jack Davenport are all just fantastic. And slightly skeevy or not, and great boyfriend or not, McPhee's Karen and Davenport's Derek have great chemistry.

At this point, I'd like to see Karen take it simply because while Hilty is incredibly talented, there's something that just doesn't appeal to me personally about her, and that carries over to Ivy. But I'm willing to see where the show takes me.

Overall, I really loved it and I just wanted it to go on!

It did good in the ratings, but the 18-49 drop from 4.2 to 3.4 is a bit worrying, hopefully, that drop was just people realizing (a) this isn't Glee, and (b) oh, it's a TV-musical, and that 2nd number will remain solid.
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ancholiaancholia on February 7th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
I liked it too. What I really thought interesting is how we see the whole process of creating a musical.
Like you, I'm not a big fan of the actress playing Ivy. She's really good but I don't know... she's a little "too much" for me if that makes any sense.
I look forward to see how the plot is going to develop, especially with Anjelica Huston's character.
Arabian: Kermitarabian on February 7th, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
What I really thought interesting is how we see the whole process of creating a musical.

Me too. I mean, I've watched workshop stuff, and know a bit about this, but actually seeing it this way is cool.

Like you, I'm not a big fan of the actress playing Ivy. She's really good but I don't know... she's a little "too much" for me if that makes any sense.

Yeah.

especially with Anjelica Huston's character

She's so awesome.
Vickiesarcasticcheese on February 7th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't worry too much about the ratings. It's been available to watch On Demand for awhile now, and I think you could even download it from iTunes. I think a lot of people watched it that way (I watched it on Demand when I got home from work, because I watch 2 other shows at the same time). Next week will be a better test to see how it does.

That being said, I really enjoyed it too. And, I too, am pulling for Karen. :)
Arabian: What's not to Love? (Logan)arabian on February 7th, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
That's very true; I hope it continues to do well. :)

I really enjoyed it too. And, I too, am pulling for Karen. :)

Yay! Something else to talk about. :)
eolivet on February 7th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
See, I was...less than overwhelmed. I LIKED it, but I didn't LOVE it. And surprisingly enough, I didn't love the musical numbers. My favorite parts of it were as you outlined -- the "business" of a Broadway musical. But I didn't feel the characters -- not like the first time I saw Rachel on "Glee" and I instantly had sympathy for her because of how she puts a gold star next to everything she does to remind her of the star she's going to become. I realize that's high school innocence vs. jaded aspiring Broadway veterans, but I didn't feel the passion or drive from EITHER of the two ingenues. I didn't get the feeling either one of them would open their veins for this part, and I mean I got that from Rachel's MySpace video. :/

But I did love Debra Messing (surprisingly!) and the guy who played her work partner. Agree with you about the acting from the "adults," as it were -- but both the songs and the younger actresses just left me cold.
Arabian: Peace_LEarabian on February 7th, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
Well, you know I've never been drawn to Glee like you, and I could get the difference in the character from Rachel to them. Rachel is still in high school, dreaming, and hasn't been demoralized by the reality of trying to make it in the Big Apple. Both of these women have. They've been going to auditions, pounding the pavements, been rejected, managed only ensemble/chorus roles, etc. I don't doubt that they'd give their all, because they are, they are there, trying.

I certainly got a sense of how much Ivy would fight for it that she is doing the song recording, learning the routine, performing, auditioning despite all she did for the show already JUST to get a break, and for free she did the first batch of stuff. As for Karen, she didn't prostitute herself with Derek, the director, but she certainly set herself up for a potentially scary situation because she wanted it THAT much.

And I did love the musical numbers, although, I thought the direction of the "National Pastime" number was a bit too Betty Boppish-cutesy at parts, and a bit too sexual. As for Debra Messing, yeah, I'm not a huge fan, so I was surprised by how much I liked her in it, and well, I love Borle. :)
Alisha: Star Quality Pattikalishaka on February 8th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
I am so glad you love this. I am rather in love with it too. I don't have a lot to say at the moment outside I agree with you on most all points. (Shock!) And it's been a while since I watched the first ep, but soooooo very much in love.
Arabian: Ian & Nina(PS)06arabian on February 9th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
I really hope it holds up, and does dial down a bit of the clunky dialogue. I do expect though because, you know, pilot! :)