Is NBC's Smash the Next Glee?

No doubt hoping to capitalize on Glee mania, NBC has ordered an hour-long musical pilot that follows a diverse cast of characters who come together to stage a Broadway show.

Titled Smash, the project boasts an impressive pedigree. Producers include Steven Spielberg, Chicago duo Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and Hairspray songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Spring Awakening‘s Michael Mayer is in talks to direct, which pretty much guarantees that there’s a role in this for Lea Michele’s former Spring leading man (and ex-Glee costar) Jonathan Groff.

Elsewhere on the pilot front, NBC has greenlit I Hate That I Love You, a “twisty” single-camera comedy from Will & Grace scribe Jhoni Marchinko about a straight couple that set up two lesbian friends on a blind date, resulting in both an instant attraction and a pregnancy.

Thoughts? Is NBC wise to jump on the Glee bandwagon? And should producers dispense with the formalities and just hire Jonathan Groff now? Sound off below!

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68 Comments
  1. Clarissa says:

    Hopefully it has better acting and writing than Glee. Love watching the musical numbers on Glee, but I’m shocked at the amount of awards it has been getting.

    • Lindsey says:

      I couldn’t agree more. This season, especially, has been painful to watch.

    • Samantha says:

      My thoughts exactly. Last season was a breath of fresh air. Now the show is so self-involved it’s nauseating.

    • George says:

      I have to disagree with you on the show’s writing and acting. I think Glee is very clever and its humor quick and biting. The ensemble is very talented. A few of the performers come from the Broadway stage. Their NY experience has trained them well for the small screen.
      Smash sounds like an interesting premise without copying Glee’s format.
      Anything creative and refreshing is definitely welcomed with some of the junk that’s on TV – the “Housewives” series, “Jersey Shore” and those canned laughter comedies.

    • ruby says:

      well put

  2. I.C. says:

    Smash sounds FANTASTIC

  3. Jennie says:

    The Glee copies are starting? NBC, I thought you were better than this.

    That being said, every Broadway actor is gonna come running to LA with their resumes and audition tapes.

    • John says:

      Or, given the roster behind the camera, maybe they’ll just shoot the dang thing in NY and fill the gaping SAG void left by Law and Order.

  4. jennad says:

    Just hire JGroff!

  5. Jones19 says:

    The CW is doing a musical show too…where will this end?

  6. Brock says:

    They really have to think wisely about can they sustain a show once they “hit broadway”. High schoolers have a few years, then a new cast emerges…. but this angle? Okay, NBC need a hit. BADLY. Can’t blame them. Will the songs be “originals” or will they Glee it up and remake known songs. I am cautious!

    • John says:

      Slings and Arrows focused on a new production each season, but that was both a) a shorter run, and b) about a theatre company, not a commercial Broadway endeavor. If they’re smart they’ll be able to branch beyond with the characters, or shift to Noises Off style hijinks once the show opens.

    • Nate says:

      Broadway shows have cast members leave and new ones who come in to replace them all the time. It’s an easy out for cast turnover.

  7. Katie says:

    Jonathan Groff? Hello new favorite show.

  8. Jones19 says:

    This will fail… Miserably

    • George says:

      Gee – how pessimistic. Give some positive energy for those actors who are looking for work. Anything is better than reality shows. Yikes … mindless entertainment.

  9. B says:

    Don’t forget about the handsome and talented John Gallagher Jr. of Spring Awakening and American Idiot fame!

  10. Gary says:

    Great more garbage. I smell FAIL as well.

  11. rantmuch says:

    Wow, first CW, now NBC… Musicals are really popping up… First there were crime procedural, then medical drama… Where has originality went???

  12. Anna says:

    AHHH! Here’s hoping they reunite J Groff and John Gallagher Jr! Gallagher did SA with Mayer AND is working with him now on American Idiot. This would basically be a dream come true and I trust Mayer a heck of a lot more than I trust Ryan Murphy.

  13. Brandi says:

    Hire J. Groff and I’m in!

  14. doodle says:

    Glee worked because it was an original idea… I’m doubting these copies will work though… NBC needs to get a new idea, not copy them… First, an American Idol copy show, then Glee copy… Are they trying to be Fox???

  15. amanda says:

    Yes to Jonathan Groff!

  16. Craig says:

    Still surprised no one’s tried to bring back FAME to TV again.

  17. Kait says:

    Yes! Hire Jon Groff. I feel that he brings something different and special to the roles he plays, and I would watch every week if he were to be in the cast of Smash.

  18. Livvy says:

    I dont know about this.. But if they hire Jonathan Groff, it would be a no-brainer!

  19. Dirk says:

    “… a diverse cast of characters who come together to stage a Broadway show.”

    Since when did NBC get in the business of making 1930’s musicals?

  20. jessica b. says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I worship Glee, but I really don’t like this fanatic fans who root against other shows that might have similar characteristics to Glee. There are a lot of shows that have things in common and at the same time are completely different, medical shows like House and Grey’s Anatomy, they are different and share the same “theme”, both being medical shows and character driven. as well as law enforcement shows, Castle and Bones are a lot alike. I don’t see any problemas with that. If Jonathan Groff is in, I’m sold!

  21. Jasonbres says:

    It seems like every time there is a hit, the following season, the copycats arrive. Last time, it was “Heroes”, sooner or later along came shows like “Pushing Daisies” (no offense, I love that show too), “Reaper”, “Eli Stone”, “Raines”, and others that I can’t remember. Now, thanks to Glee, everyone’s singing.

  22. John says:

    I don’t think it’s fair to call this a Glee clone. Granted, it would never have been green-lit if Glee and musicals weren’t so popular, but the idea has series potential on its own. There are many trends – Grey’s forced out a bunch of doctor soaps, Law and Order launched The Era of the Procedural (which CSI’s insane success brought back), Bones inspired quirky crime shows like Castle, The Office created an obsession with “mockumentary”, Lost made everyone try to make twisty serials, Modern Family brought back family shows…the list goes on and on both into the past and will keep going into the future. What’s important is the strength of each individual effort and seeing if they have the ability to transcend their generic-sounding pitches.

    • the girl says:

      Also, I’d like to add that even though it was The Office that really gained success with the mockumentary, Modern Family uses the mockumentary within the family sitcom format and it works really well. So even when there are similarities between pitches, they can still create nuanced differences that allow shows to stand on their own merit and create quality TV.

  23. Miranda says:

    If this does go through, I think we can assume that the rumored return of Jesse St. James to Glee will never happen.

  24. boidiva02 says:

    ABC also has a musical pilot in the works with Idinia Mendzel attached to co-star.

  25. Trisha says:

    It already sounds better than Glee and its terrible second season that doesn’t deserve any awards.

    And even though I love Jesse St. James and want him back, I wouldn’t mind it if Jon Groff joined the cast of Smash. I would totally watch it.

  26. Kevin H. says:

    Hopefully, this begins the fall of The Autotune Hour. I will be watching these shows and hopefully they’ll be better written than that over-bloated show is.

  27. Lauren says:

    I am excited! I love Glee, but continuity and quality writing seems like it doesn’t exist anymore. And Jonathan just adds to it. I hope they do original songs and it becomes a success.

  28. celita says:

    I’ll miss Jesse St. James (hopefully we’ll see plenty of him in the episodes he’ll be in this season), but I’m thrilled for Jonathan Groff, his characters always have a huge charisma and charm, so count me in for “Smash”.

  29. da says:

    Unlike everyone on here, I’m still quite happy with Glee. And a big reason why Glee works is that people care about the characters. If NBC creates a show with memorable characters that people care about, it might do well.

  30. CRM says:

    Hey Michael, did you hear about Brittany and Santana supposedly becoming an official couple on Glee in episode 15? Apparently co-creator Brad Falchuk mentioned it on Twitter and said that Paltrow would be responsible for getting them together. Any way you can get more details?

  31. Blink says:

    GROFF GROFF GROFF GROFF GROFF GROFF
    Has my night been made? Uh…yeah. More than made. Never frowning again.

  32. Carla says:

    Don’t know what to think about this news. Honestly I would rather just have JGroff back on Glee (with better writing and most of the new characters gone) but I do think that the group of people behind the show sounds promising. The main concern would probably be that it is NBC behind it, which has had a lot of failure when it has come to launching new series in the last couple of years. Will NBC be willing to commit to a budget the size of Glee?

  33. Maria says:

    I will watch ANYTHING that has Jonathan Groff in it… I love boy.

  34. Serena says:

    I will watch Jonathan Groff in anything, so if he’s in, I’m in. I would miss his chemistry with Lea Michele if he never goes back to Glee, though.

  35. Pauline says:

    I need him o glee, because him and sua bff lea michele are amazing toghether. Jesse and Rachel are the best couple, I miss that so much! ;/

  36. Amanda Leigh says:

    I will only watch this if the cast is decent. So yes, hire Jonathan, because I will watch anything he is in like visual crack <3

  37. Mon says:

    Anything with a singing Jonathan Groff is worth watching.

  38. Steven says:

    Maybe it’s time to remake Cop Rock?

  39. Mary says:

    I thought NBC was working on being more original after the whole Conan fiasco, not the other way around.

  40. Ava says:

    I’ll watch this if it has Jonathan Groff and Aaron Tveit. I just love Tveit’s singing voice.

  41. Jack says:

    My first thoughts were: there u go, the first Glee copy has arrived. But i have to agree with some of u above: the writing in Glee is so over the top … so, i’m really curious about this, especially if Steven Spielberg & Marc Shaiman are involved.

  42. Blake J says:

    I will completely agree with every taking a shot at Glee’s writing, as most of it has been rather inconsistent.
    But it is absolute bull if you say the acting is bad!
    Almost all the actor portray their characters perfectly, so any complaints are justifiably aimed at the writers.

    Anything that brings Jonathan Groff back to television screens on a weekly basis, especially if he is singing as well, would be an awesome thing.

    • John says:

      Maybe people only think the acting is bad because the actors are so good at fully realizing their characters’ written inconsistencies. Actually, that’s exactly what I think.

  43. Amy Leigh says:

    I would love for Jon Groff to be on my televsion screen on a regular basis, but I want him back on Glee damnit! I need Jesse St. James to come back.

  44. Larc says:

    If it’s another “me too” show that is just Glee set in a different arena, no thanks! But if it has some real teeth to keep it from being shallow like Glee, I’ll be there. The idea of Glee excited me at first since I love good shows that involve music. But I got turned off fast once the series started because it’s so sappy. The music is usually pretty good, but not good enough for me to sit through the foolishness that ties the songs together.

  45. Paige says:

    I would totally welcome John Groff coming back to the small screen!!

  46. Ali says:

    I was totally against this, until I saw Jon Groff. I now completely accept Smash. The world needs more Jesse St. James before this airs, though.

  47. Zamantha says:

    Never thinked say this because I love much Glee, but the true, the second season I don’t like nothing. Every time I watch it,I miss much Jonathan and Jesse in screen.He’s is soooo handsome and so sexy, and pretty talented too(yes,I do,I am in love Jesse/Jonathan).He’s is top to the news glee characters(Sunshine,Sam,Blaine).Anyway, lke sayed for there, anything with Jonathan Groff in it worth watching

  48. Gigigirl says:

    What’s the big deal about Jonathan Groff? He is OK but geeeezzzzz.

    It is rare for anyone to imitate a success story like GLEE. If NBC is successful with SMASH, more power to them but it will not replace GLEE.

    Love the show because I don’t take it seriously like some people who drr, to dislike it.

  49. Meg says:

    Anything with Jonathan Groff, count me in.

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