Anjelica Huston cast in NBC's musical pilot 'Smash'

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The big names keep on coming for the fall TV derby: Silver screen veteran Anjelica Huston (The Grifters, Addams Family) has been cast in NBC and executive producer Steven Spielberg’s musical pilot Smash.

Her character is described as a shrewd, dry, smart, cynical New York City theatre producer. NBC’s answer to Fox’s Glee traces the creation of a musical from conception to opening night.

Also on board: American Idol alum Katharine McPhee as a singer, Jack Davenport, who will play the show’s choreographer, and Debra Messing as the musical’s lyricist. On the small screen, Huston most recently had an recurring arc on Medium in 2008.

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  • Wil

    This already sounds more watchable than Glee.

    • tipsy

      But not by much. Lack of the most annoying actors of their generation – Lea Michelle and Curt Colfer – certainy helps but Spielberg or no Spielberg, this sound like complete Glee rip off sans 20something playing teenagers. To hell with musical fad and excitement over some washed up people.

      • Joan

        How in the hell is this a GLEE rip-off?? Just because it has a musical element?? Does that mean that every show that stars a cop is a rip-off of, well, every other show that stars a cop? Does that mean that every TV show that has a romantic couple at its center, is copying others? I guess Modern Family is copying Glee, because they both feature gay characters. I guess GLEE is copying Gossip Girl, after all they both feature young people and their problems. Hey, I guess GLEE is copying every single show ever that had a woman as its villain, right?

      • tipsy

        This is a Gree Cash In. Maybe rip-off isn`t the right word but Cash In is. It also has totally washed up people in it. Angelia is Jack Nicholson`s washed up ex. Then there`s washed up American Idol. And washed up guy from POTC. And Debra Messing who is,like, poster girl for washed up. perhaps the show would`ve done better if it was titled Washed Up.

        This is getting cancelled. I`m not making any scientific breakthrough here, just pointing out my surprise Spielberg can`t see this is a no-go. Glee has the advantage of teen crowds going gaga for music, young stars,etc. Who is exactly audience for this? Broadway fans who are,like, couple of thousands of people in NY or something. Flyovers are so skipping this crap. Bomb not smash (lol at the title, so ripe for jokes when it fails).

      • Taylor

        I a Gree with Joan. Terri Hatcher was washed up before and look at how successful Despies is. I watch Glee and its so cringe worthy almost all of the time. The story lines are basically pulled out of thin air (Santana becoming a lesbian in one episode without any previous indication). Just think that if they can make a show with a musical element that is better than Glee in almost every way (and lets face it, it won’t be that hard) then I am all for any shot at a Smash. Plus I am pretty sure Glee is a rip-off from High School Musical. Imagine if they had made that into a tv show… Glee who?? Plus seriously Steven Spielberg, I am pretty sure if his money is invested he’s not just going to let it die.

  • Joan

    Man, I thought this would be a musical TV show about the incredible Hulk!

  • tracy bluth

    Great, now I feel like I’ll have to watch this since I’m such a fan of hers.

    • googie

      Agreed! She’s fantastic!

      • TONY

        I feel sorry for these aging film actresses that get demoted to television.

      • Mae

        @ tony, i used to think the same thing but then i realized we get to see them be awesome every week and they are getting recognition in these roles too. glenn close and holly hunter are great examples. hollywood is so focused on the young and remakes – it makes me sad.

  • Barry

    NBC will ruin it if it gets picked up by taking it off the air for 2-3 months & then expect people to remember it when it returns.

    • Tarc

      If you can’t remember a TV show for 2-3 months, then I’d be at the doctor asking about Alzheimers.

  • Kay

    This article didn’t mention the two already cast I’m really excited for… Megan Hilty and Christian Borle.

  • Butters

    Amazing!!!

  • Sophie

    “Silver Screen veteran Angelica Huston (The Grifters, Addams Family)”??? WTF? Do your homework Hibberd. Academy Award winner Angelica Huston (Prizzi’s Honor) is the proper reference. Give the woman her props.

  • BobS

    What a surprize premise! General knowledge is that shows about “show biz” don’t work out very well with the audience.

  • Tarc

    It sounds like NBC is really pulling out all the stops on their new shows. Between Smash and Precinct 17, I’m more than a little impressed at the casting. I just hope the writing is as good as the cast.

  • Em

    Sweet!! It sounds like it’s going to be good… I’m slightly disappointed this article didn’t mention Megan Hilty though! I couldn’t believe it – I saw her in Wicked a few years back! WOW, can’t wait to see what see does with a TV role!

  • Mike M.

    Anjelica Huston is an amazing talent, and I’ll watch her in anything.

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