Smash is an American musical drama television series created by Theresa Rebeck which revolves around a group of characters creating new Broadway musicals, where everyone must balance his or her often chaotic personal life with the all-consuming demands of life in the theatre as they try to become the next smash hit.
The series aired in the USA on NBC from 6 February, 2012 to 26 May, 2013. There are 32 hour-long episodes in two seasons.
Smash premiered in South Africa on DStv's M-Net Series channel on Thursday 18 October 2012, at 19h30. It moved to M-Net Series Showcase (simulcast in HD) for the second season. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 2 premiered on M-Net Series Showcase on Sunday 14 July 2013, at 19h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 17 episodes in the second and final season.
Back from a successful run in Boston, Eileen (Anjelica Huston), Julia (Debra Messing) and Tom (Christian Borle) are blindsided by both personal and professional obstacles as they seek to take Bombshell to Broadway.
Karen (Katharine McPhee) consults her new mentor, Broadway star Veronica Ronnie Moore (guest star Jennifer Hudson), as she finds herself on the brink of fame, but her success may come at cost to Ivy (Megan Hilty).
A new talent, Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) is discovered in an unexpected place. Jack Davenport, Leslie Odom, Jr., Andy Mientus and Krysta Rodriguez also star. Jennifer Hudson, Thorsten Kaye, and Brian d'Arcy James guest star.
Smash is a musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theatre as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire - to be a Broadway star.
The series stars Emmy Award winner Debra Messing (Will & Grace), Oscar winner Anjelica Huston (Prizzi's Honor), Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean films), Tony Award winner Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher), Katharine McPhee (American Idol), Megan Hilty (9 to 5: The Musical), Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan (Newsies), Andy Mientus (Spring Awakening), Leslie Odom Jr. (Leap of Faith) and Krysta Rodriguez (Spring Awakening).
From Universal Television in association with DreamWorks Television, Smash stemmed from an idea of executive producer and multiple Emmy and Oscar winner Steven Spielberg (ER, Schindler's List).
The series' executive producers also include Joshua Safran (Gossip Girl), Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Oscar-winning Chicago, Hairspray), Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (United States of Tara, The Borgias), Tony and Grammy Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can), Jim Chory (Heroes, American Dreams) and Theresa Rebeck.
Note: the series moved from M-Net Series to M-Net Series Showcase (simulcast in HD) for Season 2
Season 1 (15 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 18 Oct 2012 | Finale: 24 Jan 2013 | Thu, 19h30
Season 2 (17 episodes)
Premiere: M-Net Series Showcase | Premiere: 14 Jul 2013 | Finale: 3 Nov 2013 | Sun, 19h30