Love. love, LOVE this show, it's been eviscerated by the critics, mostly I imagine because some guy called Steven Spielberg is attached to the project, it made it pretty high profile.
I waited to watch this until I knew it had been renewed, I hate getting into a show & then see it cancelled, luckily it has been. Now I'm not saying Smash is perfect, some of the story lines have gone a bit off course & I would agree that the whole show can feel a little un-even at times. That said; I forget all that when they do a musical number, the show has such high production values & plenty of talent, I happily do the horses to the '20th century mambo' - then try to get it in out of my head for days, so catchy...
As I said the casting is brilliant, there seems to be some dislike of Katharine Mcphee across the pond, as she was an 'idol' runner up, maybe she was super obnoxious on there, I don't know, I never saw it. Personally I think she plays the naivety of Karen Cartwright extremely well & think the US critics should perhaps give her a break, if nothing else she can certainly sing, the season finale was, well I wont spoil but amazing!
I love Debra Messing & Christian Borle's chacters, the collaborative writing team is very believable & arguably the most solid relationship in the whole show.
My favourite character though has to be Derek Wills, the Simon Cowell esque director/choreographer, played to perfection by fellow England native- Jack Davenport, I just can't get enough of Derek's snark & ultimately his dedication to the project.
I'm so pleased it's been re-newed for a second season & cannot wait to get my season 1 dvd, as I said there are weaknesses but the foundation is solid & I have confidence it will be made even better then it is now.
A fun show with great songs, extremely watchable & likable characters.... what's not to love?