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The television drama Smash deputed in February 2012, on the NBC network. The series is a musical drama in which a Broadway show is depicted during the creative process. Smash begins with the idea of making a production based upon Marilyn Monroe. When Tom and Julia have a meeting to discuss their next project, Tom's assistant, Ellis, mentions that a musical based upon Marilyn Monroe would be intriguing. With this suggestion, Julia and Tom are inspired to begin writing music for a new musical.

The audience soon discovers that Tom and Julia have been working together for many years. In fact, the duo is very successful at writing music for Broadway productions. Julia is also a writer for several past popular musicals.

During the premier episode, viewers also meet Karen, a waitress who hopes to work on Broadway, along with Ivy, who is currently performing onstage, but in the ensemble. Julia and Tom present their idea to a Broadway musical producer named Eileen, and she agrees to fund Marilyn. However, Eileen insists upon hiring Derek, her favorite director, even though Tom and Derek had a disagreement involving the industry several years ago.

Karen and Ivy compete for the lead role of Marilyn Monroe. After Ivy is chosen, Derek asks Karen to perform in the ensemble.

Julia's marriage is in danger due to her having had an affair with Michael, a Broadway actor. Once Eileen selects Michael to star in the production of Marilyn, the two begin seeing each other again. After Julia's son witnesses Michael and Julia kissing, she tells her husband, Frank, about the affair, which causes Frank to move out of the apartment.

After the production's workshop fails, the group must create a new name for the musical. When the crew meets for work the next day, Julia tells them that the name of the show is Bombshell. They also decide to use a movie star in the performance instead of Ivy and cast Rebecca Duvall in the role.

Later, in the season, Julia and Frank work through their struggles and are able to restore their relationship. Julia insists that Michael be let go from the cast. However, when his replacement accepts a television role in California, Eileen must bring Michael back into the production.

With popular well-known actors such as Jack Davenport, Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston along with new faces that include Katherine McPhee, Christian Borle and Raza Jaffrey, Smash entertains viewers with dramatic storylines, brilliant musical numbers and talented acting.

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2 Seasons, 32 Episodes - Canceled
February 6, 2012
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Smash Full Episode Guide

  • Both shows await the Tony nominations, while trying to stay focused. As Tom crosses an influential Tony voter and Ivy copes with some very distracting news, Derek's past has consequences for the entire "Hit List" team.

  • An unexpected event connects "Bombshell" and "Hit List."

  • Jimmy could ruin "Hit List's" future. Meanwhile, Tom and Julia's partnership reaches it's breaking point as Ivy, Eileen, and the entire "Bombshell" team attempt to outshine the competition.

  • It's opening night and Ivy's nerves are calmed by an unlikely source. Meanwhile, Tom and Julia look to their next project. Jimmy finally opens up to Karen about his past, but is it too little too late?

  • As Tom and Julia work hard to get "Bombshell" ready for previews, Tom's willingness to prove himself may be detrimental.

  • Tom plans a surprise for Ivy in an attempt to navigate through their work life and their friendship. Relations between Karen, Jimmy, and Derek explode just as "Hit List's" rehearsal process nears its close.

  • After Leigh Conroy joins the cast of "Bombshell," Tom struggles to keep the peace between her and Ivy. Jimmy and Karen's connection is put to the test. Derek learns more about Jimmy's past just as the public sees their first piece of "Hit List."

  • When Ivy brings Sam, back to town, Tom finds himself in an uncomfortable situation. Jimmy and Derek disagree over the direction of "Hit List," while both Ana and Karen struggle to stand up for themselves.

  • New circumstances create obstacles for Karen, Tom, Julia and Derek as they adjust to their new surroundings. Meanwhile, Eileen may be able to save "Bombshell" with the help of her daughter, Katie.

  • Derek and Karen find themselves at a fork in the road and are faced with a dilemma. Jerry's troubled partnership with Eileen hits a snag, as does "Hit List's" first performance at the Fringe Festival.

  • The focus is on Julia's revamped book, Hit List has its first read-through and Ivy is introduced to her new co-star. Sean Hayes guest stars.

  • Derek recruits help for a special event. Jimmy's pride may prevent him from a huge opportunity Karen has planned for him and Kyle. Peter challenges Julia's pride as they continue to work together.

  • Loyalties are tested when Eileen asks Tom and Julia to contend with an unwelcome new collaborator. Jimmy and Kyle anticipate their presentation.

  • Karen is mentored by a Broadway star and happens upon a new artist in an unexpected place. Julia and her husband are faced with a trial.

  • The second season opens with "Bombshell" making it's way back to New York in an effort to find a theater on Broadway, but personal and professional obstacles may prevent that from ever happening.

  • The Big Night has finally arrived and Tom and Julia work desperately to save the show. Meanwhile, Derek makes a decision that will effect Ivy and Karen's lives.

  • Tom and Julia try to repair the show when the first preview ends early.

  • Karen must face a difficult decision; Derek is infatuated with Rebecca and does his best to calm her nerve; Eileen and Julia face off; "Bombshell" moves to Boston.

  • Karen falls in love with the glamorous life of Rebecca Duvall.

  • The arrival of movie star, Rebecca Duvall, could save or destroy the show. Meanwhile, things heat up between Sam and Tom.

  • The show has landed a star, the fickle Rebecca Duvall, but Eileen becomes frantic when Rebecca gets stuck in Cuba. Derek puts Karen in as understudy, but she must endure the pressure as he threatens to break her will.

  • Karen and Ivy compete for an orange juice commercial.

  • The team deals with the aftermath of the workshop. Ivy is clueless 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.

  • The team meet with investors for the play "Marilyn The Musical."

  • Ivy is faced with big problems when she starts to lose her voice; Julie struggles to avoid Michael; Karen accepts a side job at a Bar Mitzvah.

  • Karen displays great acting skills accompanying Dev to a high society government party. Michael and Julia's drama only gets worse and Eileen and Tom's assistant, Ellis, become allies. Ivy feels something is off with her and Derek's relationship.

  • Karen must learn the art of moving up 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. Nick Jonas stars as Lyle.

  • The search is on for a Joe DiMaggio to play alongside Marilyn. But cast favorite Michael has a secret.

  • Ivy and Karen go out of their way to get a role from directer Derek Wills.

  • The hit-making Broadway writing team of Julia Houston and Tom Levitt collaborate with producer Eileen Rand to create a new musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Seasoned chorus girl Ivy Lynn competes with newcomer Karen Cartwright for the dream role.

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