‘Smash’ Debut Episode Receives Raving Reviews
“Smash” showed that there is more drama behind the curtains than there is on stage in the spotlight. The musical drama premiered Monday night with 11.5 million viewers tuning in and a 3.8 rating, making it the third highest rated new show debut of the season.
The ratings were complimented with positive reviews about the anticipated series. Entertainment Weekly’s Ken Tucker said, “I think you’d have to say this was one damn lively show with a lot of promise.”
“Smash is a surprisingly high-quality drama and entertainment well worth your investment of time and support, and that’s the only thing a viewer needs to be concerned about, “said Tim Goodman from The Hollywood Reporter.
The show is about writers Julia Houston (Debra Messing) and Tom Levitt (Christian Borle) coming together with producer Eileen Rand (Anjelica Huston) to create “Marilyn The Musical,” a Broadway show on the life of Marilyn Monroe. The pilot opens with a singing number performed by young starlet Karen, who is played by “American Idol” veteran Katharine McPhee. Karen also wows the producers of the Broadway later in the episode with her version of “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera.
But don’t be swayed by Karen’s performance just yet- seasoned rival Ivy (Megan Hilty’s role) leaves a jaw dropping impression on us with her show stopping baseball-themed song.
While the tension between the two characters competing for the part of Marilyn role makes the story, it is hard to pick a side with the incredible amount of talent showed by both actresses. The good girl in the story, however, is clearly Karen who refused to sleep with the director.
What do you think? Could this TV show become the next “Smash” hit?