NBC develops musical series from Steven Spielberg

Steven-SpielbergImage Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesMove over, Glee: NBC announced today that it has ordered a musical drama pilot that’s based on an idea from Steven Spielberg. Dubbed Smash, the project – if picked up to series – will follow a cross section of characters who come together for the “exhilarating ride of putting on a Broadway musical,” NBC says. The pilot script was written and executive produced by playwright Theresa Rebeck, and exec producers include Spielberg, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, and Craig Zadan and Neil Meron of Hairspray fame. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will provide original songs for the series.

Talks are in progress to bring aboard Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) to direct.

Additionally, NBC picked up a single-camera comedy pilot today from Jhoni Marchinko (Will & Grace). It’s called I Hate That I Love You and focuses on a straight couple that introduces two of its lesbian friends to one another – which results in instant attraction and a pregnancy. For more on 2011-12 development, click here!

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  • Chris

    Both of those shows will fail. But good for NBC for putting on scripted shows.

    • mario

      lol, i agree.

  • Miss Talk

    I’m 100% sure Ryan Murphy will slip a line or two about this about this lol

  • Mackie

    The secret of the show’s success will be in the cast. If they find one as good-looking and talented as the one, say, Glee’s got, Spielberg will have another hit under his belt!

  • Vince

    ERRR Can you say COP ROCK?
    Oh yes and the one with Hugh Jackson that lasted one or two EPs

  • Melissa

    Good for them for trying, but the only thing that has people watching Glee is that they know the songs. With all original songs, this thing won’t get the chance to prove itself.

  • D.W.

    This sounds like the plot to every musical from the 1930s and 1940s.

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