At Fuck Yeah, The Finer Things, we love Musical Television, which is why Smash was a highly anticipated new show for 2012. The premise for the show is that all these Broadway shmoozers are trying to write the next smash hit on Broadway. They come up with the idea to make a Marilyn Monroe musical because she was sexy and risque and because the gays love her. Looks like the series will be about all the struggles to write a show and hire the right cast and have sticky sweet love scenes between Katherine McPhee and her goodie goodie boyfriend (I’ll get back to that later). Here’s a handy numbered list of things I have to say about Smash so far:
1. I want to see more Angelica Huston. She had the perfect old, bitchy, tranny look that I’d expect from a Broadway producer. The whole divorce set up thing though…I feel like I’ve already seen that sort of thing. Hopefully she’ll be ball busting though - I would like to see that.
2. Debra Messing’s character - was that…Grace? I was waiting for Karen Walker to pop out and give us some comic relief! She had gay men (uninteresting ones at that) revolving around her the whole show. There was this whole Will and Grace vibe about her that made me miss all the Jack McFarland antics!
3. Why is Grace (not sure what the actual character’s name is) trying to adopt? A social worker is coming to meet with her? I did not understand this. Was that not her teenage son who was almost college age and ready to move out? Why not have a teen pregnancy on the show and let the girl give up the baby to Grace? Oh wait, they already did that on Glee. Darn.
3. Katherine McPhee is lovely and very much an ingenue, which I guess will make her the underdog choice for playing Marilyn. I didn’t see any conflicts between her and Megan Hilty’s character though and I was sort of hoping for an instant rivalry. I’m popular, you’re not, so let me and my friends make fun of you for looking a bit like a steamed artichoke. This is what I hoped for. It was so much easier to despise Hilty when she was Glinda. Here, she’s much too likable.
4. The songs were pretty, but I don’t think I’ll be buying them on iTunes or anything. Will Smash turn out hit songs? I’m pretty doubtful so far. This is…unfortunately…not Wicked, people.
5. I did not like that McPhee’s character is already in a stable, loving relationship. Hopefully they will kill him off or something to make things more interesting. People in stable, healthy relationships need to be crapped on sometimes. A little bit of schadenfreude is definitely needed here.
6. It was all pretty damn predictable. Ooh sexy British director calls the unassuming young actress to his apartment at 10pm to see if she’ll sleep with him for the part. I must say though, it would have been a hell of a lot more interesting if there had been some chemistry between them and that she denied him only because of her love for her boyfriend. But that would have been STEALING from the entire plot of Phantom of the Opera that made it interesting. Pffft!