'Smash' Extended Preview: Katharine McPhee & Steven Spielberg Behind The Scenes (VIDEO)
"When you have a really good show, there's a sense of excitement," Anjelica Huston says in this new NBC extended preview video for "Smash" (premieres Mon. Feb. 6, p.m. 10 ET on NBC). "In this show, I wanna get up and dance!"
Huston plays a Broadway producer on the highly anticipated hour-long musical drama series, which come from former producers and directors behind "Chicago," "Hairspray," "Spring Awakening," "American Idiot" and executive producer Steven Spielberg.
"I've had this idea for quite a few years," Spielberg says in the video. "I'm really interested in what happens backstage ... For me, it's a complete mystery how they do it in theater."
"Smash" centers around the inception of a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe, a hot topic in Hollywood these days with the recent film release of "My Week With Marilyn," starring Michelle Williams.
On "Smash," Debra Messing and Christian Borle play the co-writing team behind the show and former "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee plays an aspiring young actress from Iowa named Karen Cartwright vying for the lead. Though she had a minor role in "The House Bunny" and has had guest stints on "Community" and "CSI: New York," this is McPhee's first major role. "To say that she has a gift is such an understatement," Messing says of McPhee in the preview.
"Choreographers battling with writers and actors auditioning in competition with each other," Spielberg adds, "That entire mix often sets off thermonuclear explosions, which I think makes good drama for television. It just makes good drama. Period."
Tune into the series premiere of "Smash" on Mon., Feb. 6 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.