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'Smash' Heading to Broadway?

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 6th 2011 7:30PM
Smash Heading to Broadway?Could NBC's 'Smash,' a new series about the creation of a Marilyn Monroe musical, make the transition to a real Broadway show?

"It could," Marc Shaiman, composer and co-lyricist, told Broadway.com. "It would need reshaping, because what we're writing for the TV show is very specific to each episode; it's always shadowing or mirroring what's happening to the characters."

'Smash' features original songs and covers throughout each episode -- the first episode has Katharine McPhee belting out a rendition of Christina Aguilera's 'Beautiful' -- as the characters develop a Broadway musical based on the life of film icon Marilyn Monroe. Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston and Megan Hilty also star in the midseason drama.

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'Smash': Katharine McPhee Covers Christina Aguilera's 'Beautiful' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 23rd 2011 11:20AM
Katharine McPhee Smash Beautiful CoverThe 'Smash' goodies keep on coming! Hot on the heels of the new poster art, NBC has released the first official music video from the series, featuring Katharine McPhee covering Christina Aguilera's hit song 'Beautiful.'

In the pilot episode, McPhee's character Karen Cartwright auditions for a role in the new Marilyn Monroe musical with the song.

In addition to original shots, the video also features new footage from the show.

Watch the video below. 'Smash' premieres Mon., Feb. 6, 10PM ET on NBC.

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Tony Bennett and Justin Bieber to Perform on 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 11th 2011 6:00AM
Tony BennettJoy to Beliebers and their grandparents: The original pop star, Tony Bennett, will be showing Justin Bieber how it's done when they both perform at NBC's annual live Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' later this month.

The roster of big name performers announced by the network spans not only generations, but also genres, with singers Michael Bublé, Cee Lo Green, Faith Hill, Carole King, Katharine McPhee and 'The Voice' winner Javier Colon performing a mix of current hits and holiday classics.

NBC announced that the hour-long special on November 30 will be hosted by the 'Today Show's Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie and will -- natch -- also feature seasonal high-kickers, The Radio City Rockettes. Prior to the primetime telecast, WNBC and other NBC affiliates (check your local listings) will also air an additional live hour of the special.

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'The Voice' Final Performance Show: What You Didn't See On TV

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 29th 2011 2:00AM
I haven't been shy about my love for 'The Voice' this season. I can't help it -- this show has hooked me like no other reality competition show has in a long time.

I was lucky enough to be in the audience this week for the final performance show before the winner is crowned in the first season finale (Wed., June 29, 8PM ET on NBC). Did you watch? Unbelievable, right?



There was plenty of excitement in the crowd for the final four performing original songs for the first time, and doing duets with their coaches -- not to mention the coaches' 'Under Pressure,' that booty-shaking Pitbull and Ne-Yo performance and Blake Shelton jumping up to sing alongside country star Brad Paisley (all after the jump).

But what happened on the live show when the cameras weren't on? Here, the six things you didn't see on TV -- also known as six more reasons 'The Voice' is real, raw and worthy of my adoration.

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NBC to Release 'Smash' Soundtrack Album, Star Katharine McPhee Signs Record Deal

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 10th 2011 7:50AM
Katharine McPhee'Smash' hasn't even aired yet, but there's already an album in the works. It's been announced that Columbia Records has won the rights to the music from NBC's upcoming midseason musical drama series.

The music will include covers of existing hits plus original songs composed by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the team behind 'Hairspray' and 'Catch Me If You Can.'

It was also announced that 'Smash' star and former 'American Idol' finalist Katharine McPhee, has signed a solo recording deal with Columbia Records. She previously recorded for RCA and Verve Forecast.

Speaking about the deal, Robert Greenblatt, Chairman NBC Entertainment, said "A musical series should naturally be accompanied by a soundtrack deal, and NBC is very excited to be working with the best. Our Columbia Records partners will guide the soundtrack of 'Smash' into a big component of the show's success. The music will be a driving force ... and we couldn't have asked for better expertise and strategy than this company will provide."

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'Idol' News Beat: Siobhan Magnus Records, Plus Alex Lambert Homelessness Update

by Hilary Rothing, posted Feb 15th 2011 5:00PM
Remember way back when Season 9's Alex Lambert claimed, via Twitter, to be living on the streets? Then a rep from 19 Entertainment, which has a development deal with Lambert, claimed the contrary, citing a retainer from which Lambert recieves monthly checks.

Well, Lambert, who's been tweeting away over the past month, had this to tweet about 19 Entertainment's reponse:

"19 entertainment put me on a retainer>>?"

Then, in a response to a tweet from fellow season 9–er Andrew Garcia asking what a retainer is (umm), Lambert followed up:

"$$$ dude! These guys have been telling the media they been payin me! Makin me look like im lyin! It's a shame dude!"

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NBC's 'Smash' Books Katharine McPhee and Jack Davenport, IFC Renews 'Portlandia' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 14th 2011 11:30AM
Katharine McPhee'American Idol' alum Katharine McPhee could be the new Lea Michele.

McPhee was cast over the weekend in NBC's upcoming musical pilot, 'Smash,' Deadline reports. The network's answer to 'Glee,' based on an idea by Steven Spielberg, follows the production of a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. McPhee will sing in the show.

Also on board: British actor Jack Davenport, who will play the show's choreographer, according to Deadline. Debra Messing is already on board as the musical's lyricist.

In other TV news ...

IFC renewed 'Portlandia' for a second season. The sketch comedy show stars 'Saturday Night Live' cast member Fred Armisen and indie rocker Carrie Brownstein. The 10 half-hour episodes will premiere in January 2012. [IFC]

Barbra Streisand apologized for her 'Glee' dis. When asked if she'd appear on the show, singer/actress told reporters, "Not if I can help it." She clarified later, saying, "What I meant was that I've been overwhelmed preparing for my performance on MusiCares, the Grammys, recording a new album and starting a new movie. So I couldn't take on any more work, and besides that, I wasn't asked." [TMZ]

'Home Game' has scored its lead: Rob Riggle. The former 'Daily Show' correspondent will star as a former NFL player in the CBS comedy pilot. [THR]

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Katharine McPhee, Regis, Kelly and Santa Perform 'Jingle Bells' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 21st 2010 12:15PM
On 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated), Katharine McPhee, Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa and Santa himself belt out a rendition of 'Jingle Bells.'

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'Community' - 'Basic Genealogy' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 12th 2010 12:39PM
Katharine McPhee & Joel McHale, 'Community'
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Joel Mchale caught a McPheever this week when Katharine McPhee guest-starred as Amber, a hot chick on campus. The format of 'Community' makes it so easy to drop in guest stars, and yet they didn't just make McPhee simply another student. Instead, we got a "Family Day" event where everybody got to bring in members of their family.

On 'American Idol,' where she came in second to Taylor Hicks, McPhee always touted herself as a singer-actress, so I was looking forward to seeing what skills she would bring to the set. While she wasn't given a very challenging role in Amber, she proved that she could hang with the big boys without sticking out like a sore thumb, so I'll give her kudos for that.

It was a blast seeing Shirley's kids again, as well as Abed's dad. Troy's grandmother, on the other hand ... I don't even know what to say. That mean old relative is a sitcom staple, but still this on went in a very disturbing direction. "I don't understand you, Britta!" Troy shouted to her at one point, and I'm right there with him.

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Katharine McPhee and Joel McHale Lock Lips on 'Community' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 11th 2010 11:35PM
Community, Katharine McPheePierce really, really doesn't want Jeff to hook up with his stepdaughter Amber on 'Community' (Thu., 8PM ET on NBC). He even tells her that Jeff is gay, and throws more cold water on the situation during the introductions.

"Actually it's a very big world, with five billion other women in it," said Pierce. "Good luck." That was just the push Amber needed to move in for the kill, which she does with just the right amount of tongue.

Nice little role for Katherine McPhee, too. Look for her to star in the upcoming NBC pilot 'The Pink House.'

Watch the video after the jump.

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Katharine McPhee on Singing, Acting, and 'Community'

by Nick Zaino, posted Mar 11th 2010 2:03PM
Katharine McPhee in 'Community'Katharine McPhee is a singer turned actor made famous as a singer by a television show (more specifically, by 'American Idol'). If that's hard for fans to figure out, imagine how it feels for McPhee, who has a new album out, 'Unbroken,' a pilot for NBC called 'The Pink House,' and a guest appearance tonight on 'Community,' playing the stepdaughter of Chevy Chase's character. In between that, she's shifting tour dates around to accommodate her shooting schedule.

It's clear McPhee is where she wants to be, but it can leave her a bit scattered. "I'm just really grateful that I'm a person who doesn't just have to rely on one thing," she said in a recent media conference call, "because I'm a real - I mean I'm not ADD but two of my friends used to joke - my husband always jokes like that I'm ADD just because I can't really focus on something for very long."

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Katharine McPhee to Star in NBC's 'The Pink House'

by Eric Larnick, posted Mar 1st 2010 5:45PM
Katharine McPheeKatharine McPhee has already done music, movies and reality television.

Now, she's about to cross off another item on her pop culture to-do list: the sitcom.

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that McPhee will star in the new NBC pilot 'The Pink House.' In it, she'll play Emily, a "down-to-earth Midwest girl new to Manhattan Beach" who befriends two twentysomethings, also from the Midwest, looking to start the perfect life in Los Angeles.

McPhee has had a little bit of experience dealing with ditzy pin-up girls, having made her acting debut in 2008's 'The House Bunny.' (Which, we assume, is in no relation to the 'Pink House.')

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Katharine McPhee Goes Blonde, Has Less Fun (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 23rd 2010 4:30PM
After trading her long brown locks for a platinum hairdo last year, singer Katharine McPhee found that even longtime friends don't recognize her, she said on 'The Rachael Ray Show' (weekdays, syndicated). And, she added, blondes don't necessarily have more fun.

"Born as a brunette, I will say that brunettes can give a blonde a run for their money," McPhee said. "I don't want to give the blondes too much credit for having all the fun. I think just changing your hair no matter what color it is, you have a good time doing it."

Watch the video after the jump.

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Best 'American Idol' Performances Ever

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jan 6th 2009 6:00AM
Kelly ... Ruben ... Carrie ... David ...

They may all own the title of 'American Idol,' but winning is one thing -- turning in one of the show's most memorable performances is something else entirely.

We scoured through the past seven seasons to come up with the 16 best. Then YOU, the fans, voted for the No. 1 greatest 'Idol' performance of all time. See who topped the list.

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Idol alums to participate in Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 10th 2008 8:02AM
Katharine McPheeKatharine McPhee and Jordin Sparks will be performing at this year's Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. The Idol alums will be joined by country music sensation Kenny Chesney and British chart-topper Natasha Bedingfield. McPhee, who is currently working with David Foster on her second album, will perform "Save The Last Dance for Me" at the event. Sparks, who is nominated for a BET Viewer's Choice Award for her duet with Chris Brown, is set to perform her latest single "One Step at a Time." Chesney will sing "Never Wanted Nothing More" and Bedingfield will sing "Pocketful of Sunshine." Natalie Morales of NBC's Today and Tiki Barber of Today and Football Night in America will co-host the event on Independence Day.

The Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular will air from 9-10 p.m. on NBC. Sound like something you'd watch? I don't know if I'll be tuning in for this. I'd rather find a local fireworks show than watch one on TV.

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