Originally Posted by cwilson
To each his own, but for me Katharine McPhee has the magic - beauty not only physical but musical. Hilty is a phenomenal singer as well but when McPhee sings a gorgeous ballad, I get chills. More so than with Hilty or Jennifer Hudson, for that matter. That said, I think the low ratings from last season led the panicky producers or network execs to veer off in a disastrous direction. I thought that Smash was a sensational show last year with a few minor annoyances. This year they've decided they have to be more relevant to their target audience, get away from traditional broadway songs - some of which, by the way, were wonderful last year - and go with a contemporary sound and musical genre. The problem is, songs from today that sound "relevant" and are really good are fairly rare, and it's doubtful that any great ones will find their way to the screen in Smash. So they dump the fabulous songs from the first season in order to pander to people who probably aren't going to bite anyway. Even aside from the music, the plotting is incredibly bad. The new sex symbol is supposed to be Jimmy, except that my wife finds him totally unlikeable and obnoxious, doesn't understand why Karen would be interested in him, and now refuses to watch the show - one of her favorites from last year - any more. Brain dead executive decisions, in my opinion.
Despite my admiration for Hilty's talent, I agree that McPhee is incredibly beautiful and sings equally beautifully. I also agree that except when he sings, Jimmy, played by Jeremy Jordan, is consistently annoying. My daughter doesn't like the Jimmy character either. Could be that this is because the guy is somebody only a mother could love?
when, at least to me, its quality started to deteriorate, I haven't found much to complain about where the music used in Smash
is concerned. The plot, while silly, remains fairly compelling to my way of thinking, thanks in large measure to a number of very talented actors such as Jack Davenport, Christian Borle, and Anjelica Huston. I also really like the guy who plays the new sleazeball producer. I loved the guy on Rubicon