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It's NBC's answer to Fox's Glee. That's how TV critics have responded to Smash -- the upcoming musical drama that's being developed for the Peacock network. There's no doubt that Glee has readied TV audiences for Smash, with its ensemble musical numbers springing up here and there. Like Glee, the show will be a scripted hour that features comedy, drama, singing and dancing. And also like that show, it has cast at least one of its characters straight off the Broadway stage. Glee nabbed Broadway stars Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison; Smash has enlisted Megan Hilty -- who's had starring roles in Wicked and 9 to 5.
But this new show, which is exec produced by Steven Spielberg, is shaping up to be a very different animal than Fox's teen-based musical. Smash focuses on the professional world of staging a theatrical musical, from conception to financing to casting and the rest. Its very subject matter -- which goes way deeper than the realm of jocks, cheerleaders and teen misfits -- practically ensures that Smash won't be just a copycat.