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As if Debra Messing's return to primetime TV isn't enough reason to look forward to NBC's new series, Smash! Now there's a new reason to check out this buzz-worthy musical drama: Uma Thurman has signed on to guest star in five episodes, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The show, which premieres on Monday, Feb. 6, at 10 p.m. ET, revolves around the personal and professional lives of a group of people coming together to stage a Broadway musical based on Marilyn Monroe's life. Thurman, 41, will play a "famous and somewhat difficult movie star" who considers starring in the production. No doubt she'll spar with Messing's character; she's playing the musical's cowriter. At any rate, she'll ruffle feathers among the theater types who resent losing big roles to less talented but more famous movie stars.
Thurman is of course an A-list film actress in her own right, which no doubt made her an appealing casting choice. But she has also dabbled in TV, and even won a Golden Globe for her role in the 2002 movie, Hysterical Blindness.
The show also stars Katharine McPhee (as a young performer vying for the role of Marilyn), Angelica Huston (as a legendary Broadway producer), and a slate of stage veterans that lend the show its genuine theater cred. With Steven Spielberg in the producing mix, and favorable reviews from TV critics there's little wonder that Thurman agreed to sign on. Watch the preview for the show here:
Though Smash's format has drawn comparisons to Glee, some critics say this show is even better. "Yes there is singing, but the fantastical pop reveries that [Glee] is loaded with never materialize here," wrote a reviewer for MonstersandCritics.com. "We get good, grown-up drama with moments of song that are appropriate and never overwrought with sub-text.”
Like Glee, but better? Those are some pretty high expectations. Good thing they're recruiting such great talent to help pull this off!