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Author: codebreaker    Time: 5-5-2012 12:00     Subject: About SMASH & Episode Guides

Smash Aired From February 06, 2012 – May 26, 2013 On NBC

About the Show:
Smash is a musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire - to be a " Smash." The series centers on a desire to create a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe - written by the successful songwriting duo of Tom (Tony Award-nominee Christian Borle, " Legally Blonde: The Musical") and Julia (Emmy Award-winner Debra Messing, " Will & Grace"). Julia recently began the process of adopting a child with her husband Frank (Tony Award-nominee Brian d'Arcy James, " Shrek The Musical") of many years, but her focus is torn when she has the opportunity to write another Broadway hit. A rivalry soon forms for the lead role between a youthful, inexperienced Midwestern beauty Karen (Katharine McPhee, " American Idol") - who is trying to find fame in the big city against all odds - and stage veteran Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty, " 9 to 5: The Musical"), who's determined to leave the chorus line and finally get her big break. A tenacious producer Eileen (Oscar winner, Anjelica Huston, " Prizzi's Honor") discovers the " Marilyn" project and jumps on board with a brilliant director, Derek (Jack Davenport, " Pirates of the Caribbean" films) - whose talent is matched by his cunning and egocentric amorality. Jaime Cepero (" Porgy and Bess") stars as Ellis, and Raza Jaffrey (" Sex and the City 2," " MI-5") stars as Dev.

The series stemmed from an idea of executive producer and multiple Emmy and Oscar-winner Steven Spielberg (" ER," "Schindler's List"). The pilot was written by creator/executive producer and acclaimed playwright/screenwriter Theresa Rebeck (" Mauritius," " NYPD Blue"). David Marshall Grant (" Brothers and Sisters"), Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Oscar-winning " Chicago," " Hairspray") and Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (" United States of Tara," " The Borgias") also serve as executive producers. Original songs are written by Tony and Grammy Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (" Hairspray," " Catch Me If You Can"), who serve as executive producers as well.

Smash is a production of Universal Television in association with DreamWorks Television and Madwoman in the Attic. The pilot was directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (" Spring Awakening," " American Idiot").


Actor’s name

Character’s name

Debra MessingJulia
Christian BorleTom
Katharine McPheeKaren
Jack DavenportDerek Walsh
Megan HiltyIvy
Anjelica HustonEileen
Raza JaffreyDev
Brian d'Arcy JamesFrank
Jaime CeperoEllis

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Author: codebreaker    Time: 5-5-2012 12:00     Subject: Season 1

Episode 1: Pilot (Feb/06/2012)
The hit-making Broadway writing team of Julia Houston and Tom Levitt unites with producer Eileen Rand to create a new musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, and seasoned chorus girl Ivy Lynn vies with newcomer Karen Cartwright for the dream role.

Episode 2: The Callback (Feb/13/2012)
Ivy and Karen jump through hoops for the brilliant but temperamental director Derek Wills as they pursue the role of a lifetime. Meanwhile, Julia and her husband Frank, are frustrated by the red tape of an international adoption process, and Eileen fights to finance her new musical in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

Episode 3: Enter Mr. DiMaggio (Feb/20/2012)
The search begins for a Joe DiMaggio to play opposite Marilyn - but everyone's first choice, Michael, has a secret. Karen returns to Iowa for a baby shower and must decide what she wants for her future. Eileen begins rounding up investors - but ex-husband Jerry may already have poisoned the well.

Episode 4: The Cost of Art (Feb/27/2012)
Karen must learn to advance in the high-stakes world of Broadway, as Derek hosts a party for hot young star Lyle. Eileen tries a sly new strategy for raising funds, while Tom goes on a first date.

Episode 5: Let's Be Bad (Mar/05/2012)
Karen finds a new use for her acting talents as she joins Dev at a high-powered government party. The drama between Michael and Julia heats up, as Eileen and Tom's ambitious assistant Ellis forge an alliance. Ivy senses trouble in her relationship with Derek.

Episode 6: Chemistry (Mar/12/2012)
Ivy faces major problems as her voice begins to fail her. Julia struggles to avoid Michael - but she can't. Eileen explores her inner hipster at a downtown dive bar with her new pal Ellis, while Karen is an even bigger fish out of water, as she books a side gig at a bar mitzvah on Long Island.

Episode 7: The Workshop (Mar/19/2012)
Everything comes to a head as Eileen, Derek and the team present "Marilyn The Musical" to would-be investors. Ivy is under pressure to perform, while her mother, Broadway star Leigh Conroy, undermines her at every turn. Karen must decide between the workshop and a meeting with a big-time music producer. Julia and Michael must face up to the consequences of their actions.

Episode 8: The Coup (Mar/26/2012)
The team deals with the aftermath of the workshop. Ivy remains in the dark about her fate, while Derek recruits Karen to help him steal the musical from Tom and Julia. Eileen must face up to her ex-husband, Jerry, when their daughter Katie pays a surprise visit from India.

Episode 9: Hell On Earth (Apr/02/2012)
The team begins their pursuit of a marquee star, as Eileen charges Tom and Julia with finding a title for the newly reinvigorated musical. Karen and Ivy find themselves in competition again -- this time for an orange juice commercial. Relationship troubles abound, as Frank makes an unwelcome discovery.

Episode 10: Understudy (Apr/09/2012)
The show has landed a star, the mercurial Rebecca Duvall, but Eileen is thrown into a panic when Rebecca gets stuck in Cuba. Derek puts Karen in as understudy, but she must learn to perform under extreme pressure as he threatens to break her will. Tom and Julia celebrate their anniversary with a ritual - and face some hard truths about what show business can do to relationships.

Episode 11: The Movie Star (Apr/16/2012)
" Bombshell" is turned upside-down by the arrival of movie star Rebecca Duvall. Karen and Ivy are drawn into an uneasy alliance against their new rival -- but can they overcome their history? The romance between Tom and Sam heats up, while Julia and Frank must put aside their differences to address a family crisis. Dev faces a big decision.

Episode 12: Publicity (Apr/23/2012)
Karen finds herself seduced by the glamorous life of new BFF Rebecca Duvall -- but can Rebecca be trusted? What will Karen's ascent mean to her relationship with Dev? And will Rebecca drive Derek insane? Eileen introduces new beau Nick to ex-husband Jerry, while Julia panics when her son Leo goes missing.

Episode 13: Tech (Apr/30/2012)
Ivy faces trouble as Derek finds himself drawn ever closer to Rebecca Duvall, while Karen reaches a turning point -- she must choose between Dev and the show. Eileen faces off against Julia over the possible return of Michael Swift.

Episode 14: Previews (May/07/2012)
" Bombshell" faces its first audience just as a major crisis hits Rebecca Duvall. The team of Tom and Julia scramble to fix the show when the first preview falls short, and Frank must adjust to the unwelcome return of Michael Swift to his life. Dev seeks reconciliation with Karen, but explosive information about Ivy lurks just beneath the surface.

Episode 15: Bombshell (May/14/2012)
The big night is finally here. Tom and Julia race against time to save the show, while Derek makes a decision that will change the lives of Karen and Ivy forever. Ellis reveals his true colors. But when he finally makes his move to save "Bombshell," will it be for or against Eileen? In the midst of it all, another bombshell goes off - this one is in Karen and Dev's relationship.


Author: waterlilybarb    Time: 5-15-2013 19:12     Subject: Season 2

Episode 1: On Broadway (Feb/05/2013)
Back from a successful run in Boston, Eileen, Julia and Tom are blindsided by both personal and professional obstacles as they seek to take "Bombshell" to Broadway. Karen consults her new mentor, Broadway star Veronica "Ronnie" Moore, as she finds herself on the brink of fame, but her success may come at cost to Ivy. A new talent is discovered in an unexpected place. Meanwhile, Derek copes with a damaging accusation.

Episode 2: The Fallout (Feb/05/2013)
The second season begins with "Bombshell" running into financial trouble that threatens the production. Meanwhile, Karen is mentored by a Broadway star and discovers a new artist in an unexpected place; and Julia faces a personal crisis with her husband.

Episode 3: The Dramaturg (Feb/19/2013)
Partnerships are tested as Eileen asks Tom and Julia to contend with an unwelcome new collaborator, while Jimmy and Kyle prepare to present their work for the first time. Derek attempts to get Ronnie back on his side. Ivy finds it hard to move on, but help from an old friend might take her one step closer to her dream.

Episode 4: The Song (Feb/26/2013)
Derek calls in help for a special event, but Jimmy's pride might get in the way of a huge opportunity Karen orchestrates for him and Kyle. Peter challenges Julia's pride as they continue to work together. Meanwhile, Ronnie struggles to assert her independence from a powerful mother, as Eileen finds herself at a moral crossroads with huge ramifications for "Bombshell."

Episode 5: The Read-through (Mar/05/2013)
Julia's fears increase when Tom airs his suspicions of Peter. Jimmy and Kyle confront their own crisis of confidence as "Hit List" is read for the first time. Meanwhile, Ivy realizes her triumph might not be all she hoped when she meets her new co-star, Terry Falls, and Karen wonders if she can trust Jimmy.

Episode 6: The Fringe (Mar/12/2013)
Derek and Karen find themselves at a surprising crossroads, forcing one of them to make a difficult choice. Jerry's uneasy partnership with Eileen hits a snag, as does "Hit List's" first performance at the Fringe Festival. Meanwhile, Ivy's last-ditch effort to save her and Terry's show has unexpected results.

Episode 7: Musical Chairs (Mar/19/2013)
New circumstances give rise to conflicts as Karen, Tom, Julia and Derek adjust to their new surroundings. Tensions at "Liaisons" are also coming to a boil, ensuring that the show will find its place in Broadway history. Meanwhile, Eileen may have found the key to saving "Bombshell" with the help of her daughter, Katie

Episode 8: The Bells And Whistles (Mar/26/2013)
When Ivy brings Sam, back to town, Tom finds himself in an awkward situation. Jimmy and Derek clash over their vision for "Hit List," while both Ana and Karen struggle to stand up for what they want.

Episode 9: The Parents (Apr/02/2013)
After Leigh Conroy joins the cast of "Bombshell," Tom finds himself struggling to diffuse the years of tension between her and Ivy. Jimmy and Karen's connection is threatened by both Ana's newfound success and an unexpected visitor. Derek learns more about Jimmy's past just as the public sees their first piece of "Hit List."

Episode 10: The Surprise Party (Apr/06/2013)
Tom plans a surprise for Ivy in an attempt to find a balance between their work life and their friendship. Relations between Karen, Jimmy, and Derek explode just as "Hit List's" rehearsal process nears its close. While Richard asks Eileen to spend less time at work and more time with him, Julia finds herself also pulled away from "Bombshell" by an unlikely source.

Episode 11: The Dress Rehearsal (Apr/13/2013)
As Tom and Julia race to ready "Bombshell" for previews, Tom's eagerness to prove himself may not be the best thing for the show. An onstage mishap forces Ivy to make a choice, while tension mounts at "Hit List" as Karen becomes suspicious of Derek's motives towards her.

Episode 12: Opening Night (Apr/20/2013)
It's "Bombshell's" opening night. As Ivy's nerves get the better of her, support comes from an unlikely source. Meanwhile, Tom and Julia look to their next project. "Bombshell's" success may be in jeopardy as Eileen's issues with Richard come to a head. Jimmy finally opens up to Karen about his past, but is it too little too late?

Episode 13: The Producers (Apr/27/2013)
An off-the-rail Jimmy threatens "Hit List's" future, as Karen, Derek, Ana and Kyle try to help him before something bad happens. Tom and Julia's partnership is strained to the breaking point just as Ivy, Eileen, and the entire "Bombshell" team are running themselves ragged to outshine the competition.

Episode 14: The Phenomenon (May/04/2013)
An unexpected event bonds both "Bombshell" and "Hit List."

Episode 15: The Transfer (May/11/2013)
With his sights set on the Tony, Tom pulls out all the stops at a Houston & Levitt tribute night, but can Julia turn away from "Hit List" long enough to help? Ivy is afraid of damaging her reputation when Tom asks her to perform a risqué number. The cast of "Hit List" is rocked by a betrayal close to home.

Episode 16: The Nominations (May/26/2013)
It's a crucial moment for both shows as Tony nominations loom, but keeping your eye on the prize can be hard. As Tom crosses an influential Tony voter and Ivy copes with some very distracting news, Derek's past has repercussions for the entire "Hit List" team.

Episode 17: The TONYS (May/26/2013) [SERIES FINALE]
On Tony night, the awards might not provide the answers everyone is looking for. As Jimmy faces a final reckoning, Tom, Julia, Derek, Karen, Ivy, and most of all, Eileen wait to see if the ceremony will confirm their place in the Broadway pantheon once and for all.

contributed by codebreaker

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