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Hello, Norma Jean! NBC’s Smash returns next Tuesday and it’s going to bring down the house.

Within the first episode, scandals erupt left and right and Bombshell’s Broadway fate is put in serious peril. The tension between Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty) is more heated than ever, while Julia (Debra Messing) and Eileen (Angelika Huston) each face new truths that rock their worlds. Tom (Christian Borle), meanwhile, faces the possibility of losing his boyfriend while battling a serious case of underarm sweat (watch for it).

Throw guest start Jennifer Hudson into the mix and everything is in place for one diva-licious season. Plus, upcoming roles for Liza Minnelli and Sean Hayes are sure to boost the gay quotient to astronomical levels.

What we love most about this show is that unlike Glee, which we still enjoy, most of the musical numbers fall within the context of on-stage performances or situations where people would actually be singing. This makes for an overall more realistic experience juxtaposed with the more traditional breaking-into-song moments of the Broadway show they’re producing.

If you haven’t yet watched a minute of Smash, hunker down this weekend with Season One. It’s only 15 episodes, so easily doable. And if you’re all caught up and can’t wait for new episodes, hop online because the first full episode of the epic two-hour premiere is available online. Now.

Our jazz hands are tingling already.

Smash Season Two
Premieres Tuesday, February 5
9:00 p.m./8:00 p.m. Central
www.nbc.com/smash

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