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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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NBC Stars Preview New Shows at Upfronts 2011 (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted May 16th 2011 7:45PM
SmashNBC wants you, dear readers and viewers, to know that they are different. This is a new NBC, filled with period dramas, concept shows and the return of the multi-camera sitcom.

AOL TV hit the red carpet of NBC's 2011 Upfront Presentation to get the dish on how these new shows will help shape NBC straight from the stars themselves.

What's new? More comedies! Edgier dramas! The network is touting brand new shows with fresh concepts and old favorite stars.

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'Law & Order: SVU' Preview: Debra Messing Guest Stars

by Kelly Woo, posted Feb 16th 2011 11:40AM
Law and Order SVU PursuitIn tonight's new 'Law & Order: SVU' episode, 'Pursuit,' (10PM ET, NBC), Debra Messing guest stars as a talk show host with a stalker. When 'Neighborhood Predator' host Alicia Harding begins to receive threatening letters, she turns to an old friend, ADA Sonya Paxton (Christine Lahti), for help.

Detectives Benson and Tutola are assigned to the case, but soon discover that Paxton's involvement runs much deeper than anyone believed.

Watch this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how the stunts in 'Law & Order: SVU' are shot.

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'Smallville' Flies Off CW May 13, Michelle Obama to Appear on 'Regis & Kelly' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 7th 2011 6:00PM
SmallvilleAfter 10 seasons, 'Smallville' will head up, up and away to TV heaven in a two-hour finale May 13. According to Zap2It, the series finale will see Clark taking on the DC Comics villain Darkseid.

"Paying homage to 10 seasons is no small task, and wrapping up each character and story arc has been extremely important to everyone involved in the show," Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson said in a statement. "We're excited to be able to make the final moments of 'Smallville' a television event, as the character we've grown up with makes his legendary transformation."

In other TV news ...

Michelle Obama will stop by 'Regis & Kelly.' Obama will be a guest on Wednesday's show to promote her Let's Move! campaign. This will be Obama's first time on the show. [TV Guide]

Debra Messing is in talks to join NBC's new pilot, 'Smash.' The series follows a group of professionals who come stage a Broadway play about Marilyn Monroe. Messing will play Julia, a lyricist. [TVLine]

'Glee' is getting the Paley Festival treatment ... again. The Fox hit will have a panel on March 16. [Variety]

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Debra Messing to Guest on 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'Pretty Little Liars' Debuts Big and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 4th 2011 6:30PM
Debra MessingDebra Messing is heading to 'Law & Order: SVU' for a February sweeps episode.

According to TV Guide, the 'Will & Grace' star will play a Nancy Grace-esque TV journalist who sets up stings to catch pedophiles. Messing's character meets Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) after becoming the target of a stalker Benson may have busted.

"We're lucky to have her," 'SVU' executive producer Neal Baer said.

In other TV news ...

Discovery Channel has greenlit a new pilot that sends contestants off the grid. In 'Disappeared,' contestants try to hide around the world from a team of investigators. [Entertainment Weekly]

'Pretty Little Liars' premiered to a series high of 4.2 million viewers. The ABC Family drama was up from its previous premiere by close to 2 million viewers. [Deadline Hollywood]

Laurieann Gibson, the choreographer known for her work with Lady Gaga, has a new a reality series at E!. Ryan Seacrest is producing the eight-episode half-hour "docusoap" that follows Gibson training dancers to work with artists. [EW]

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Top TV Redheads of All Time

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 4th 2010 1:00PM
Eric Cartman may hate "gingers," but the rest of us know that the redheads in TV land are some of the greatest stars in tube history. In honor of Conan O'Brien's return to late night on Nov. 8 -- yes, spoiler, he made our list -- here are our picks for the top 22 TV redheads of all time:

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Cheryl Hines, Carrie Fisher Join Debra Messing in ABC's 'Wright vs. Wrong'

by Allyssa Lee, posted Mar 24th 2010 4:45PM
Carrie FisherABC has nabbed two more funny ladies for its political comedy 'Wright vs. Wrong.' According to the Hollywood Reporter, 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' star Cheryl Hines and Carrie Fisher have signed on for the network's pilot.

As previously reported
, the single-camera comedy stars Debra Messing ('Will & Grace,' 'The Starter Wife') as Evelyn Wright, a strong-minded conservative political figure whose on-air confidence and ambition contrasts with her off-air insecurities and shortcomings. Hines will go toe-to-toe with Messing as Evelyn's liberal rival and sworn enemy, while Fisher will play as Evelyn's no-nonsense manager.

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Spring TV: Which Pilots Will Crash and Burn?

by Stephanie Earp, posted Mar 23rd 2010 5:32PM

There are two groups of people who get really excited about pilot season: L.A. actors hoping for a break and television writers. Being a member of the latter category, I admit to a tingly feeling creeping over me as word of the shows in development at all the big networks are starting to leak out. While most people are attributing feelings of renewal to the change in the weather, I'm happily anticipating what J.J. Abrams has in store for us this fall.

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'Almost Famous' Star Joins ABC Comedy

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 8th 2010 9:00PM
Patrick FugitThe new shows keep rolling off the assembly line, including this one starring actor Patrick Fugit.

The actor has been picked up for a new sitcom pilot from ABC called 'Wright vs. Wrong' along side 'Will & Grace' actress Debra Messing.

Messing plays a conservative pundit juggling her "public persona despite facing her own vulnerabilities." Fugit plays a writer to the pundit, described as a "liberal NYU graduate." Think of it as an 'Odd Couple' but with more accusations of being a closet communist.

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Debra Messing Signs on for ABC Comedy Pilot

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 4th 2010 9:30AM
Her brief foray into more dramatic fare -- the rare USA Network failure that was the 'Starter Wife' series -- didn't pan out, so now 'Will & Grace' star Debra Messing is going to try to make viewers laugh again.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Messing has signed on to play the lead role in 'Wright vs. Wrong,' a cleverly-titled sitcom pilot about Evelyn Wright, a conservative pundit whose personal life is under scrutiny because of her public image.

Messing, who received an Emmy nomination for the underrated 'Starter Wife' and won an Emmy (out of five nominations) for her role as wacky interior designer Grace Adler on 'Will & Grace,' will also act as an executive producer on 'Wright vs. Wrong,' along with actress/writer Stephenie Weir ('MadTV'), who penned the pilot, and 'Arrested Development' producer Mitch Hurwitz.

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Debra Messing Will Be All 'Wright vs. Wrong'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 4th 2010 9:29AM
debra_messing_hand_face_smileGrace is ready to try again. Actress Debra Messing has signed for a new television show called 'Wright vs. Wrong,' a sitcom for ABC, and if you think this is going to be anything like 'Will & Grace,' think again. (Although if they're smart, it better be just as funny!)

The premise of the pilot for 'Wright vs. Wrong' is that Debra plays Evelyn Wright, a strong-minded, ambitious political personality who espouses the conservative, right-wing agenda. However, while she has this tough, conservative personality for the public, behind the scenes she's consumed by her foibles and flaws.

So she's half-Grace Adler, the flawed, foibled part. Grace's politics, at least what she tried to articulate in her goofy way, was of the liberal lefty variety.

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TV News Daily: Debra Messing Returns to NBC

by Thomas DiChiara, posted Apr 21st 2009 12:00PM
Debra MessingDebra Messing is returning to NBC.

The actress, who shot to stardom with the Peacock's hit series 'Will & Grace,' is returning to the network with a new comedy, in which she'll star as a laid-off CEO tackling the toughest job of her life: being a full-time wife and mom.

In other news, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian are getting their very own 'Keeping Up' spinoff on E!, and 'Ugly Betty' is returning to the ABC lineup a week earlier than originally planned.

See more of today's TV headlines, casting scoops and premiere dates after the jump.

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All-star cast joins Debra Messing on The Starter Wife

by Kristin Sample, posted Jul 1st 2008 3:10PM
Debra Messing will star in The Starter Wife Debra Messing's Emmy-award winning miniseries The Starter Wife is getting some new cast members. Joining the former Will and Grace star are David Alan Bashe of Lipstick Jungle, Danielle Nicolet of Heartland, Brielle Barbusca of Hope & Faith, and Hart Bochner of Die Hard.

The USA original series follows the post-divorce hi-jinx of Molly Kagan (Messing) as she embarks on a new chapter in her life. USA is bringing back the hit miniseries for ten episodes this fall. Messing is now executive producer as well.

Bashe will play Molly's ex-husband, Kenny Kagen. Nicolet will play Liz Marsh, Molly's new friend and wife a a pro-baseball player. Barbusca will play Jaden, Molly and Kenny's daughter. And Bochner will play Molly's new love interest and writing class teacher. Returning for guest appearances is Joe Mantegna of Criminal Minds who plays Molly's former boyfriend Lou Manahan.

The series will premiere on USA in October. What do you think? Will The Starter Wife work as a full-fledged series?

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USA Network upfront: old characters, and a few new ones - AUDIO

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 27th 2008 12:01PM
USA NetworkLast night, USA Network invited some of their favorite advertisers -- and a few reporters -- to their upfront presentation, held at The Modern, a sleek restaurant and lounge located at New York's Museum of Modern Art. It was an opportunity for USA and NBC Universal executives to crow about the network's continued success as well as let advertisers know what's coming up in 2008 and how they can combine their advertising message with the unique "characters" that USA offers.

All that's well and good -- be ready for more product placement and ad pods that other networks have recently adopted -- but the best part about an upfront presentation are the stars that the network drags out to schmooze and booze with those advertisers. And USA brought the big guns, including Tony Shalhoub from Monk, Debra Messing from The Starter Wife, Jeffrey Donovan and Bruce Campbell from Burn Notice, Dulé Hill, James Roday, and Corbin Bernsen from Psych, Kathryn Erbe and Chris Noth from Law & Order: Criminal Intent, the WWE's Triple H and Shawn Michaels, and Mary McCormack from the network's new show In Plain Sight. I got to speak to a few of them; audio of those interviews is after the jump.

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USA gives series order to The Starter Wife

by Richard Keller, posted Oct 22nd 2007 11:21AM

Debra Messing will return to her role as Molly Kagan in The Starter WifeGood news for Debra Messing and all of the others involved in the miniseries The Starter Wife. After garnering some pretty decent ratings and several Emmy nominations, USA Networks has given a full series order to the comedy-drama based on the successful novel by Gigi Levangie Grazer.

Former Will & Grace star Messing will return as Molly Kagan, the former Hollywood wife who is now experiencing a second chance at life after her recent divorce. Also returning will be the executive production team of Grazer, Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott. There is no information as to when filming will begin for the premiere season of The Starter Wife or when the first episode will air.

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