NBC Hit Smash Returns for Second Season

Last year’s new hit series Smash returns to NBC on Feb. 5. A Golden Globe nominee for “Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical,” Smash was one of the best new shows of the 2011-2012 television season.

Known for featuring exciting guest stars such as Uma Thurman (The Producers), Nick Jonas (Jonas) and Bernadette Peters (Gypsy), watch this season as Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy-winning actress-singer Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) and Emmy Award-winning actor Sean Hayes (NBC’s Will & Grace) join the cast.

NBC has a strong mid-season slate of shows this winter with new shows such as Deception and 1600 Penn and returning series Smash and The Biggest Loser.

The network is off to a great start for the 2012-2013 television season, having returned to the No. 1 spot this fall in 18-49 for the first time in nine years.  Returning hits including Sunday Night Football and The Voice, as well as successful new shows RevolutionGo On and The New Normal, catapulted NBC to the No.1 spot in the fall season.

About Smash:

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."

In Season 2, the "Bombshell" team is one step closer to achieving their Broadway dream. The Boston run was the success the team was hoping for, including producer Eileen Rand (Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston, Prizzi’s Honor), writers Tom Levitt (Tony Award winner Christian Borle, Peter and the Starcatcher) and Julia Houston (Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, Will & Grace), last-minute star Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee, American Idol) and director Derek Wills (Jack Davenport, Pirates of the Caribbean).  But, they are all about to learn even a charmed show cannot avoid paying for sins of the past.  Will Eileen get away with mixing business and pleasure with her shady paramour, Nick (guest star Thorsten Kaye)?  Will Julia’s marriage to Frank (guest star Brian d’Arcy James) survive the revelation of her infidelity?  Will actress Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty, 9 to 5: The Musical) bounce back from the shame of losing the lead role to rival Karen and bedding her fiancé in retaliation?  And will Tom and Julia’s long-time partnership endure the changing tides of opportunity? 

As they all scramble to push forward, one of the show’s players finds Brooklyn natives Jimmy Collins (Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan, Newsies) and Kyle Bishop (Andy Mientus, Carrie: The Musical) toiling away on a current-day rock musical of their own, which could either become "Bombshell’s" biggest rival, or yet one more Broadway false start.

From Universal Television in association with DreamWorks Television, the series stemmed from an idea of executive producer and multiple Emmy and Oscar winner Steven Spielberg (ER, Schindler's List). Executive producers also include Joshua Safran (Gossip Girl), Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Oscar-winning Chicago, Hairspray), Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (United States of Tara, The Borgias), Tony and Grammy Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can), Jim Chory (NBC’s Heroes, American Dreams) and Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius, NYPD Blue). 

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