Winter TV Preview: NBC's Midseason Lineup
This post is part of a series of reports from this month's Television Critics Association winter press tour, where the networks introduce their midseason offerings. Check back over the next week for more info on what's coming soon to primetime TV.
After a "really bad fall" (those are NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt's words, not ours), the Peacock Network has a lot of holes to fill on its winter schedule. But it's bouncing back with a slew of high-profile offerings, and we're actually excited to see how some of them turn out. (Which is more than we could say about "The Playboy Club.") Here are all the shows NBC is rolling out over the next few months, along with a key quote from the panel and our early impressions.
"Smash" (February 6)
This glossy new drama goes behind the scenes of a major Broadway production about the life of Marilyn Monroe. Debra Messing stars as the musical's producer, and "American Idol" alum Katharine McPhee flashes serious star power as a struggling actress who's a dark-horse candidate to play Marilyn. Lots of singing, dancing, and backstage drama… if you're into that sort of thing.
Choice Quote: "I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been backstage looking around, going, 'Where’s the camera? There needs to be a camera here.' Because the drama that happens behind the curtain is way more interesting than what’s happening on the stage." —Co-star and Broadway veteran Megan Hilty
Will We Watch? Sure. The production quality is top-notch, McPhee gives a breakout performance, and it's nice to see adults singing on primetime for a change.