As a therapist specializing in eating issues, I'm all too aware of the pervasive cultural pressures to be perfectly thin. So when I heard Katharine McPhee would be stacked up on the little screen against America's biggest sex symbol, I couldn't help but wonder how she's handling those pressures.
A show about Broadway, with original music, starring Debra Messing in a charmingly co-dependent relationship with a fabulous gay man, and Anjelica Huston as a merry divorcée? It sounds like a no-brainer hit.
She's landed a role in Smash, which is about -- if you haven't seen the boob-tube promos plugging its Feb. 6 kick-off the day after the Super Bowl XLVI kick-off -- a group of B'way vets and newbies readying a tuner based on Marilyn Monroe's life.
"Smash" has music, dancing, lots of entertaining backstage bitchery and a very talented "American Idol" runner-up ... Truth be told, I got a lump in my throat at the end of the second episode -- an achievement for any show so early in its run.
I thought I saw in these actors the revelation of truth about big dreams and the difficulty of creativity and ambition. Smash is as much about the making of a person's character as it is about the making of a Broadway play and a star.