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Karen was awful as marilyn, shes used a regular voice to sing everything and this same voice to just talking during acting as her--That is not broadway acting, it was so awful, the only thing Marilyn about her was the clothes. gawd just awful, awful, awful!!!!!
Kathreen McPhee SUCKED as Marilyn, her face just doesnt match up and her acting skills suck beyond the pseudo innocent act. I dont get what the writers were doing--stop trying to sell Karen, shes lame, boring, and not even half of a broadway actor/singer.
I will not be wat hing season 2 if I dont see Ivy coming up on top!!!!
Love Ivy, Eileen, Tom, chorus
Don't like Derek, but he's realistic and well-acted and helps drive the plot. Best antagonist in the show. Same with Aileen's husband.
Please get rid of: Dev, Frank, Leo.
Please replace Ellis with a more believable, better-written antagonist that could be more of a real threat to Eileen/the show.
If we have to suffer through with Karen, as I suppose we must to please the NBC ideal demographic, please, get her acting lessons and write her as less of a drip. Blech.
New character needed: Someone to really work on Ivy's behalf.
@bitchstolemyremote, I completely agree. I don't think the writers realized how well-received Megan Hilty would be. I like Kat McPhee, but I'm not sure this was a good role for her. She's a good singer but her acting is almost lifeless and you need a big personality to pull off Broadway. Casting her next to Megan Hilty, only highlighted these shortcomings, which is probably why the writers had to go overboard with making Ivy look ridiculous.
If a Gossip Girl producer takes over this show, I can easily see Ivy getting the Blair Waldorff treatment and Karen getting the Serena treatment.
jerry is in the audience and in the wings do not lose him - keep ellis he is needed - pregnant - no way...what happened to the adoption - pregnant no way...julia was sick and that is it - great show great last song dont screw it up by making us wait until mi=season...steven get it on in the fall or you will be sorry - get bombshell on broadway for real - you've got a sure fire real live hit here...do not wait for mid season - and lose michael he is not necessary but we all know julia will love him as her one true love forever he is the one true love in her life other than her ability to write which is her other passion - messing wins an emmy....gte jerry back in his scenes with his ex light up the screen they are hot when they banter and the show could use him when he has an idea for a new show and wants his ex to produce it...give nbc a hand for bringing smash back but let them know not to wait until mid-season no no no...
Loved the season finale! Great show-stopper at the end of Bombshell, too, with McPhee singing her heart out! She totally deserves to be Marilyn. I hope that the show is such a success that they have to have another cast, and that perhaps Ivy can be in the London cast as Marilyn, even though she is a conniving B*tch.
I'm with KansasGuest in wanting to see the end of Ellis FOREVER...he's such a slimeball, he doesn't deserve to be anywhere near the rest of the cast and crew. If they have to bring him back I hope Eileen's boyfriend offs him! Karen will hopefully move beyond Dev, who is such a loser he doesn't deserve her. But I also hope that horn-dog Derek, who is really ugly physically, (and has bed head hair) doesn't seduce Karen and ruin her as he's ruined all the other leading ladies.
I can wait until January for a second season as this is expensive and timely show to produce. Drama sure beats the reality shows, that are cheap and easy to produce. I only watch The Amazing Race and it's the scenery that is the main star there.
Plot twists may need the infusion of some new characters to round out the cast. I mean how many women can Derek sleep with, how many psycho episodes before Ivy is committed to an insane asylum, enough adultery already, etc.
I hated that Ivy was such a bitch because the show wanted us to cheer for Karen. "Karen is the better option" was crammed down our throats, almost from the very first episode when we were meant to judge Ivy for sleeping with Derek.
For her to take down Karen in the dressing room with the room, and then try to kill herself, it's as though Smash is telling viewers that she's pathetic and worthless. Megan Hilty is clearly a much better actress (and singer) than McPhee and she deserved much better than this.
Our take on the finale: http://wp.me/p1VQBq-VJ
@Abcde - Karen had great energy in last week's rendition of "Smash" and this week's "I Never Met A Wolf" IMO. She keeps up with the entire male chorus, and in "20th Century Mambo," she mambos up a storm. In fact, she danced more than Ivy did the entire season because she was part of the chorus. Her delivery was focused and intense as it was meant to be in the final song, "Don't Forget Me." I don't know what you expect. Not all songs are meant to be "high energy."
I have an idea for Ellis next season. After the successful preview in Boston, Ellis returns to Eileen's NYC office & threatens to take her to court unless he's reinstated as a producer. She counters by telling him that Rebecca knows he put peanuts in her shake, and will file assault charges against him at Eileen's direction if he EVER does anything to stop BOMBSHELL again. A friend of Nick's, Eileen's boyfriend, is waiting to talk to Eileen about recouping their investment. He overhears Ellis' threat & follows him. Later, he's seen striking up a conversation with Ellis about producing another show. Ellis is picked up by him in a car to meet "other investors," car door closes, and he's never seen again. HOORAY!
Has anyone else noticed that Karen often has a low energy performance on stage?
I liked this show and season I wouldn't say it's a great show but not bad. I do think though and nobody has posted on this it's a mistake not to bring this show back in Spet or early Oct. Waiting until Jan is a long time almost 7-8 months is way different than a short summer break. Major mistake I think
I loved the finale. The best episode of TV this year from anyone. That's coming from a Fringe fan. As for Ivy I love her character. She is what she is; a very ambitious girl. And if you don't think that kind of thing goes on in this business your kidding yourself. My guess is not only does she not take the pills she dumps them on the trash. We have to remeber this was only teh test run for teh show. Who knows what can happen when it hits Broadway.
Teh music for the show this year was unsurpassed. That last tune "Don't Forget Me" will go down in TV history as one of the greats of all time. And Katharine McPhee can out dance and out sing anyone else on the show. Just Awesome.
I still want Julia and Michael in a cool made a baby kind of way. The husband is supportive now, but in the beginning he was not. He needs to move out,Julia finding out he had an affair and still is. The son, who I like can have a college relationship, and work backstage. Julia and Michael can start as friends and maybe flash back to how they originally met. Sparks truly fly when they are on camera together.
Love bad boy Dereck, trying to hook up with all leading ladies. Hopefully Karen is too smart, but I am sure she is up for revenge sex.
Eileen and bartender, what is his past. Love them together!
Ivy is so talented I hope she does not do the desperate thing and take the pills like Marilyn. She can be understudy and sabetage Karen again and be a hit, why not 2 great Marilyn's. Frenemies.
Ellis he is a great love to hate character.
Love Tom and his new relationship.
Keep it coming. With new gossip girl writer, I want good Julia and Michael story lines they are great a
This finale was amazing! It left every relationship hanging in the balance without putting them front and center! There was so much drama in the forefront as well as drama culminating in silence! The unspoken language and emotions really made the show! I'm so glad that Karen got the part, she deserved it! She never had an attitude that she ever deserved something. she truly earned the part and was humble about it before and after she received her time ion the spotlight! Through everything she persevered with almost everyone against her, not believing in her, and even through some sabotage. her character is an amazing role model for children who watch the show. In contrast, Ivy was screaming so much for help that she sunk to sabotaging Karen. It was a low move for an attention seeking diva. But Megan Hilty plays this part beautifully. She bring a character to life that you hate but you still want to root for and care about. and I guess I'm the only one but eventually I would like to see
Ooops...forgot to add what storylines I'd like to see next season. Here goes:
- Eileen MUST inform Rebecca about what Ellis did. I think it's Rebecca's call to file assault charges. I don't care how it's done. ELLIS MUST GO! There is enough drama backstage with cast & crew to fill a whole season without an annoying wannabe producer character gumming up the works.
- Previews are a success. Next season needs to be about bringing the show to Broadway. Bigger budget, bigger cast, better costumes & sets - MORE DEREK! I don't mind if he's a jerk sometimes as long as we see him creating good stuff. I'm curious about his background w/Tom, too. So, maybe some exploration of their beginnings. Can we go to London and have tryouts there, too? We could explore Derek's family & background that way.
- Karen starts getting paid more, moves out, & finds an agent. Ivy stays in her closet because cheaters never prosper.
Actually one of the best season finale's ive seen in a long time.. mind you the series took a while to get a decent episode going. The last 5-10 minutes actually nearly made me cry just because of how beautifully the last song pulled everything together and found "something good" in the "bad". So happy its been renewed for next season!
HOORAY!!!!!!!!!! Karen got the part! Sorry, Ivy did not deserve it. You can't act like she did(and does) and get away with it forever. If you watch the ending again, we did not see her take the pills, so we don't know if she's took them or not. No doubt she'll be a huge part of next season.
HOORAY!!!!!!!!!! Ellis got fired! But I definitely don't think we've seen the last of him. If Eileen has a bit of sense about her at all, she will report him to the police!!!
BOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! Julia may be pregnant! Lord I HOPE they are not going in that direction but unfortunately I think they are!
I'm not one that is clammoring for a Derrick and Karen hook up. I honestly don't think Karen would go there.
It's obvious that BOMBSHELL will still be a huge part of next season as they move to BROADWAY...........can't wait to see what happens. Since it's starting mid season......does that mean after the Super Bowl?????? I'm betting so.....
This reviewers continued and continuous rage at the Julia storyline is inappropriate and obscures the actual success of the storyline. Despite the rantings for fidelity on Julia's part this is a nuanced story of 2 different loves and infidelity that may have brought the family the baby that they have been fighting for -- how cruel and wonderful and how will they deal with this quantry.
(continued from below.....)...because they wrote the book and have it in their heads. Glad they show how this "hitmaker" director does his stuff, that good Broadway entertainment requires more than money & casting, and how hard it is to accomplish on stage what the "vision" is in one's head. The scene between Derek & Ivy on why she wasn't chosen was difficult, but honest. And, I liked how Derek wasn't mean. He just tried to explain the intangible instinct an artist has in trying to achieve a vision. She wasn't close enough to the ideal he had, which was a professional rejection and sad. Well done!
Enjoyed the season finale VERY MUCH! I don't think Ivy should be Marilyn just because she's blonde and is curvier than Karen. Talk about shallow reasons to give someone a part! What is pathetic is that Ivy doesn't seem to think she deserves the part because she's not competing on her own merits! She tries to give herself the edge in underhanded, cheating ways like sleeping with the director and emotional sabotage.
Thank you for the Derek-Eileen exchanges. Those ring more true to the spirit of the series. Watching creative vs. business clash is more interesting to me than all the Julia-Michael melodrama. What I REALLY want to see next year is Eileen talking to police about Ellis' assault on Rebecca so the little worm is charged & carted off to jail, never to be heard from again. I honestly didn't know how much a director is responsible for in a musical. Thought Julia and Tom would make decisions for scenes, sets, music numbers, etc because they wrote the book and have it
This episode was perfect!! The song was the perfect end for the show. It was perfectly written for Marilyn Monroe's life, and Karen performed it beautifully. I was in complete awe listening to her.
I don't want Ivy to die, but she brought this all on herself. I knew she kept the ring, and that she would try to look like she was doing Karen a favor, but she should have butt out. As much as I'm annoyed at Dev, it's between him and Karen. Being a theater person, I loved seeing the pride on Dev's face when he watched her. He now knows EXACTLY why Karen does this.
I think Derek thinks he's in love with Karen, and he very well could be since he just sees her as Marilyn, and she's not like all the other girls who would sleep her way to the top, but I don't want them together. At first I wanted Karen to sleep with Derek to get back at Ivy, but then I realized that that's the reason I love Karen..she wouldn't do that.
I am so glad Ellis is fired, but I definitely think that he's going
Get them acting lessons, for the God of theater sake! And who is writing in cliches only? What a terrible disappointment.......
I loved the whole season !! Hope there is a CD cast album that includes all the songs left out of the first one!!
I'm glad Karen got the role - even tho Ivy is wonderful as Marliyn too! She looks more the part with her curvy figure too , as Marilyn was never Barbie doll thin! Tho the Ivy character had so many " issues" ...and anger ... & history of on & off stage antics ...plus Karen WAS the understudy!!
Both Katharine & Megan are Dynamo singers, dancers & actresses - I felt the drama as I watched! Emotional roller coaster ride!! McPhee had long been my favorite IDOL winner by a long shot!! How rare in today's world can a person have it all Movie star beauty , talent , and perfection all the way?I love the whole cast of Smash!! We all wish Chris Borle would get his fair share of performing after being a broadway star for years! ( love him in Legally Blonde - the Musical from the MTV Broadcast)!!
Love to next season the writers do an entire epiode in pop/ broadway s
Well I guess Ivy will get to be the understudy and if anything should happen to Karen...
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