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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by wprager, May 10, 2013.
Yeah, that was before she got old and manly. And even in her prime, not my cup of tea.
I really wanted to like this show. I was very enamored with Katherine McPhee when she was on American Idol and I heard great things from the critics about the pilot. But it quickly became apparent that McPhee was out of her depth, both from an acting and singing standpoint. It would have been fine if she were cast as a new young member of the ensemble and she worked her way up in the theater world. But when the pilot clearly set up the competition between Ivy and Karen to be the star of the show, and they wanted the viewer to be rooting for Karen, but it was obvious Ivy was much more talented, I knew there were going to be problems. And my wife and I only made it through 4-5 episodes before we gave up on it.
I had no idea that prior to her acting career Huston had a major modeling career. I saw a documentary on Halston or someone and was kindof surprised when I saw runway footage of Huston.
So yeah - one day we will all get old and manly.
I'm already old... but will I ever get manly?
It was a hot mess, but I will miss it. As I said in one of the other episode threads for it, I thought they really nailed the "show within a show" aspect of it, as I would love to see full-length versions of both Bombshell and Hit List. But everything else about the show was just all over the place.
Meh, I agree. Those pics do nothing to disprove what was said. To each their own I guess.
I liked the first season for awhile, until it became a serious Glee. I remember when the original producers swore up and down that the characters would NOT break out into song, and a few episodes in, they did just that. Then the story became too soapy, and the eye candy was just not enough to keep me interested. I watched the first 3 or so episodes of this season and just gave up. Wife watched it the whole way through, but she said she won't miss it.
It happens to the best of them...
I completely disagree. I think she was fine but the plot was stupid.
Megan Hilty was supposed to be a 10 year veteran of Broadway competing against someone who should play the ingenue. They tried but the plot was ridiculous and the lecherous director angle insulted everyone. IRL, Megan would have been the lead immediately. The plot this year with Karen off broadway was more possible even with the Stolen Larson plot line.
That was my point. They tried to get the viewers to root for Karen and make Ivy look like the bad guy (and believe me, I wanted to root for Karen), but it was simply not believable that any Broadway casting director would have a difficult time choosing between those two.
Granted, there were many, many other problems. But the central premise of the ultra-talented newcomer who doesn't get the starring role solely because she wouldn't sleep with the director simply didn't hold water
Honestly, when the show first premiered, I didn't think either Karen or Ivy would ever have been considered for the show. Meagan Hilty may be a Broadway star, but Ivy was a career chorus member, with not even any supporting roles in her portfolio. A role as iconic as Marilyn Monroe would almost require an established Broadway star to open.
I guess I'm the only person who thought season 2 was less ridiculous than season 1 =P I liked the songs better in season 1, but I felt like the story was in a good direction in season 2. Then again, people seem to love Nashville and I can't stand it. If Smash is a soap opera, Nashville is a bipolar telenovella.
Alas, I will miss Megan Hilty and Katherine McPhee on my TiVo.
I think, a lot of times, in movies anyway, they get a "no name" to play a very famous character. I think it brings the character to the forefront and not the actress. I guess it depends on the intent of the producer/director.
I always felt that Ivy just LOOKED more like Marilyn than Karen. Her body type was more like Marilyn than Karen's. So at first I was rooting for Ivy, since I felt that Karen was wrong for the part. And then it was obvious they were trying to make Karen the more likable.
Shame the show went away from what I thought it would be (and what the producers told us it would be) and ended up a typical night time soap, with Glee elements, rather than the real behind the scenes of making a Broadway show, which they started to veer away from toward the end of S1 and completely away from this season. That's why I stopped watching.