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.