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February 02, 2012
By Jordan Kisner | T.V.

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It’s no secret that TV musicals are hot right now (ahem, Glee) but NBC’s new Steven Spielberg–produced contribution to the genre is something we haven’t seen before: a musical drama. Smash follows the creation of a new Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe by a producer, played by Anjelica Huston, lyricist Julia, played by Debra Messing, and her writing partner, Tom, played by Christian Brodie. Katharine McPhee, of American Idol fame, stars as Karen, the struggling actress competing for the title role. The plot may sound cliché, but with well-known Broadway director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot) behind the camera, and composers of the shows Hairspray and Catch Me if You Can turning out original music, the series promises to be an entertaining and authentic glimpse into the New York theater world. If the première (which airs on Monday at 10 P.M.) is any indication, it’s going to be a…well, you know.

September 21, 2011
By Marnie Hanel | T.V.

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No plane Janes here: Karine Vanasse, Michael Mosley, Margot Robbie, Mike Vogel, Christina Ricci and Kelli Garner. Photograph by Bob D'Amico. Courtesy of ABC.

Remember how Mad Men's Betty and Don Draper were even more fabulous in Rome? ABC's new series Pan Am is that in spades. The snappy season debut, which premieres on Sunday, September 25, features a Russian spy, a runaway bride, a coterie of Village beatniks and a tarmac proposal. These pearls are strung together by four unflappable women whose adventures take us to London, Italy and Cuba—in the first episode alone. Margot Robbie plays Laura, the gorgeous newbie, whose looks land her on the cover of Life magazine. Kelli Garner is Kate, her sister, whose encounter with a stranger promises to change her life forever. Karine Vanasse takes on the role of Colette, a French romantic who is surprised to see her boyfriend on board with his family. And Christina Ricci is a bohemian chick longing to see the world. When they exchange glances before Pan-Am's new Clipper takes off for a transatlantic flight, their sense of wonderment and excitement is contagious. This could be the series that puts the magic back in flying. At the very least, it's sure to inspire Halloween costumes.

Remember when flying felt glamorous? These six flight attendants do.

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