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The Show We Love to Hate Is Back

The first episode of Season 2 of Smash is available for free on iTunes and Amazon at the moment. I've just skimmed through it, but they definitely appear Dev and Ellis-free, and that this episode is setting up the fallout from Season 1 and the New Drama.

Oh, I know it's totally ridiculous, but this really is my fast food for the mind at the moment and since I've always been a sucker for backstage movies (Hollywood turned out some deliciously bad ones during the Dream Factory era), I have to confess I'm looking forward to it.

By the way, the series is supposedly based on Garson Kanin's book Smash, which was originally published in 1980 — and which I read back in the day (told you I had a weakness for this genre). Well, they bought the rights to the name and the fact the book covers the making of a Broadway musical. If I recall, there might be some vague resemblances in Derek and Eileen to the director and the producer in the book and there is much Drama, but that's about it. I remember it as enjoyable and it's currently out as an ebook in various format for $3.99. Released January 1, 2013, so whoever owns the rights is cashing in on the show. For those of you who aren't familiar with Kanin's work, he wrote films such as Adam's Rib and Pat & Mike and the brilliantly funny play Born Yesterday (though he did work on the screen adaptation, he ultimately was not the final writer). If you haven't seen his work, I highly recommend seeking it out.

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Jan. 16th, 2013 03:09 pm (UTC)
"Adam's Rib" may be one of the greatest Hepburn/Tracy films ever made. It's most definitely in my top 10 films made before I was born list!
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