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->''She'll do all she can''\\
''For the love of one man''\\
''And for millions who look from afar!''\\
''I'm what you’ve been needing''\\
''It's all here and my heart’s pleading''\\
''Let me be your star!''

A 2012-13 musical drama on Creator/{{NBC}} from executive producer Creator/StevenSpielberg and the producers of ''Film/{{Chicago}}'' and ''{{Hairspray}}''.

When duo songwriters Julia Houston ([[WillAndGrace Debra Messing]]) and Tom Levitt ([[Theatre/LegallyBlonde Christian Borle]]), director Derek Wills ([[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Jack Davenport]]), and producer Eileen Rand (Creator/AnjelicaHuston) put on a Broadway musical based on the life of MarilynMonroe, small town girl Karen Cartwright ([[Series/AmericanIdol Katharine [=McPhee=]]]) and veteran actress Ivy Lynn ([[Theatre/{{Wicked}} Megan]] [[NineToFive Hilty]]) audition for the star role. But things won't be easy when both women are favored for the role and must compete for it.

The second season switches direction by having half of ''Bombshell''[='s=] production team defect for off-Broadway, where they launch a competing musical titled ''Hit List''.

Both [[http://www.amazon.com/The-Music-SMASH-Cast/dp/B007P6VM04/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1357906993&sr=8-3&keywords=smash the show]] and [[http://www.amazon.com/Bombshell-Smash-Cast/dp/B00AWQEKVM/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1357907037&sr=1-1&keywords=bombshell the show within the show]] have soundtrack albums.

Not to be confused with the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series. Or [[Series/FridayNightLights Smash Williams]].
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!This series contains examples of:
* AllGaysArePromiscuous: Subverted. In the pilot, it seems like they might go that route with Tom, but he turns out to be more of a serial monogamist.
* AllGaysLoveTheatre: The show does nothing to dispel the trope.
* AndStarring: Anjelica Huston (see also BillingDisplacement).
* AscendedFanboy:
** Julia and Ivy are both big fans of Marilyn Monroe so this is a dream project for them
** Michael is a big baseball fan so it is a big deal for him to play Joe [=DiMaggio=]
* BackForTheFinale: Lyle, Leigh, and Jerry all return after extended absences to attend ''Bombshell'' in the season one finale.
** In the series finale, [[spoiler: Michael]] pops up in the final where-they're-all-headed montage.
* BillingDisplacement: Debra Messing is top billed, but the show's real stars are Katharine [=McPhee=] and Megan Hilty. Even the ''poster'' thinks so (witness their positioning).
** Additionally, in NBC promos for the show before it aired, "Academy Award Winner Angelica Huston" was often second billed, right after Debra Messing (as she is on the poster above), although a number of other characters are more prominently featured than Ms. Huston's.
*** Incidentally, although the poster gives Megan Hilty and Katharine [=McPhee=] a joint "And Introducing" credit, the series itself doesn't.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Ivy (Blonde), Karen and Eileen (Brunette), Julia (redhead).
* {{Bollywood}}: The musical number "A Thousand and One Nights."
* BrokenPedestal: Leo is a big friend and fan of Michael Swift until he finds out that he's [[spoiler: having an affair with his mom Julia.]]
** Katie feels this way about her father Jerry, no longer expecting him to be a decent person.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Jimmy and Karen
* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler: And how. Kyle, oh Kyle, we hardly knew you.]]
* CaliforniaDoubling: Mostly averted as the series is both set and filmed in New York (and [[SceneryPorn boy, do they make sure we know it]]). But Karen's home state of Iowa (as seen in "Enter Mr. [=DiMaggio=]") is played by the [[FanNickname Big Apple]] suburb of Nyack.
** The Boston scenes in the last few episodes of season 1 were filmed in Staten Island.
* TheCastShowoff: Justified because the show is about musicals. However, in "Enter Mr. [=DiMaggio=]" Katharine [=McPhee=] seems to sing at the karaoke place just because.
** Pretty much the entire reason NickJonas sings when he guest stars in "The Cost Of Art". No real reason is given for him to be playing and singing, but hey, it's Nick Jonas, so why not?
* CastingCouch: This is how Derek operates. Karen manages to both reject him and [[CrowningMomentofAwesome deliver a brilliant audition for the part. At the same time.]]
* CharacterCelebrityEndorsement: Ivy films a commercial for Ford. Which was a sponsor of ''Smash''.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: Rebecca Duval seems to not realize that you need ''music'' in a ''musical''. She gets better, though.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Starting with "The Coup", Derek tries to apply this to ''Marilyn: The Musical''. After butting a few heads such darker elements make it in. It even gets a new name: ''Bombshell''. Ultimately this [[spoiler:backfires when the DownerEnding turns to be too depressing for a preview audience]].
** In Season 2, "Hit List" is this compared to "Bombshell."
* DawsonCasting: In-universe, when Rebecca Duvall comes on board - it's noted that she's several years older than Marilyn Monroe was when she committed suicide (as is UmaThurman, who plays Rebecca).
-->'''Sam:''' Yeah, um, isn’t she a little old to be playing Marilyn?\\
'''Julia:''' No, she’s perfect.\\
'''Sam:''' Yeah but wasn’t Marilyn, like, 36 when she died?\\
'''Tom:''' Yes, and Rebecca is 36…ish.\\
'''Sam:''' “Ish” being the operative word.
* DidTheyOrDidntThey: [[spoiler: Ellis and Rebecca Duvall's (male) assistant.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Ivy]] in the season 1 finale. [[{{Cliffhanger}} Maybe]].
* DownerEnding: In "The Producers", Kyle finally gets angry enough at everything Jimmy's done over the past season to kick him out of his apartment, so he packs up all Jimmy's things at his apartment and drops them off at Jimmy's old house... [[spoiler: and gets hit by a car on his way home.]]
* FanService: Both [[BuxomIsBetter Megan Hilty]] and [[ShesGotLegs Katharine "[=McPheever=]" [=McPhee=] ]] supply plenty of this even when not playing MarilynMonroe (where it kind of comes with the territory).
* FictionalCounterpart: [[spoiler: Ellis posts a video of Ivy singing Tom and Julia's demo of "Never Give All The Heart" to "[=YouLenz."=]]]
* FoodSlap: Eileen throwing her Manhattan in Jerry's face becomes a RunningGag. Now she does it in the second season title sequence.
* GayConservative: [[spoiler:John Goodwin]]
* GilliganCut:
-->'''Derek''': For me to audition, Marilyn herself would have to pop out of that envelope and do me right here.
-->(Cut to Derek directing a musical number.)
-->'''Derek''': Five, six, seven, eight...
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Averted. Ivy is more experienced and skilled than Karen, and gets the part because of it. Though the CastingCouch might have played into it as well...
** And later played straight when [[spoiler:Ivy loses the role to Karen in the season finale, despite knowing the part better. When various characters confront Derek with the fact that Ivy is better prepared, he rebukes them by saying that while Karen is green, she just ''has something'' that Ivy lacks.]]
** And again in Season 2, when [[spoiler: Karen is being directed by Tom]] and just doesn't seem to get what he wants no matter how hard she works.
** [[ZigZaggingTrope At the end of the zig-zag,]] this is finally averted at the end of the second season: While playing Marilyn does take its toll on Ivy, she has lots of success, and [[spoiler: wins the Tony award for Best Actress]].
* HollywoodPudgy: {{Invoked}} with Karen, but handwaved with Ivy (the actress playing Ivy is of a healthy weight for any reasonable person, yet no one discusses how she's bigger than the rest of the chorus girls).
-->'''Karen:''' Why do I have to be sexy all the time? I wish I was fat. Plus, I'm hungry. I'm gonna start eating more.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Kyle's rather blatantly in love with Jimmy. Jimmy, who is ''not'' ObliviousToLove knows this, and publicly announces in a fit of anger that nothing would ever happen between them.
** In the series finale, it looks like this may be the case with Tom and [[spoiler: Patrick Dillon]]. Then Tom kisses him.
--->'''Tom:''' (smirking) Yeah. That's how all my straight friends kiss me.
* IWantSong: This series looks like it will be FULL of them. It already has "Let Me Be Your Star", the title of which speaks for itself.
* InJoke: When Eileen, Derek, Tom, and Julia are discussing which direction to take the show in after the workshop, Eileen mentions that 'Joe Machota from CAA' was there, who represents such stars as "Scarlett Johansson, Michelle Williams, Sutton Foster..." At the third name, Tom says "Stop!" Actor Christian Borle and Sutton Foster were married from 2006 to 2010.
* JewishComplaining
-->'''Tom:''' Jews don't sing and pray. They complain. And eat.
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: Kyle Bishop.]]
* LetsWaitAwhile: Sam says this to Tom after the composer tries to make a move on Sam on their first date. Tom is leery, but tentatively agrees to go along with it.
* LetsDuet: 1x13 opens with a montage of the main characters packing up and traveling to Boston for their out of town previews. During the montage, we see Tom and Sam at Tom's apartment around his piano, playing around and singing 'Another Opnin', Another Show' which eventually becomes the music for the montage.
* LighterAndSofter: The direction Eileen's ex-husband demands Bombshell must take when he temporarily gains control of it. He believes that the DarkerAndEdgier version Julia wrote the script for with a dramaturg's help would be a huge critical success, but not a money-maker. Eileen, somewhat surprisingly, backs her ex's decision. Julia and Derek both get angry (Derek always wanted a DarkerAndEdgier version) to the point that Derek quits as director.
* LoveDodecahedron: [[spoiler: Karen is with Dev who slept with Ivy, who is dating Derek who is also involved with Rebecca.]]
** And now in Season 2, they've added Jimmy, Kyle, and (eventually) Blake and Tom to the mix.
* NaiveNewcomer: Both Karen and Ivy have elements of this. Karen is introduced as a small town girl from Iowa trying to make it big in New York but is realistic about how show business operates. In contrast Ivy is a ten year Broadway veteran but still has a lot of naivety about things like the CastingCouch. The other characters lampshade the fact that this makes them a great fit to play the part of Marilyn Monroe.
* OppositesAttract: Tom and Sam. It's a SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan type thing.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Tom and [[WillAndGrace Julia]]. Observe the automatic, synchronised leg-crossing in [[EstablishingCharacterMoment their first scene in the pilot.]]
** In Season 2, Jimmy and Kyle, despite some [[IncompatibleOrientation unrequited longing]] at first on Kyle's part.
* PrettyInMink: Part of the Marilyn costumes include a white fur wrap.
* PutOnABus: Ellis and Leo, and some other minor characters, for Season 2.
* RealitySubtext:
** The adoption subplot in the first season came from Rebeck's own life.
** Happens in-universe several times.
*** Ivy, like Marilyn Monroe, is an up and coming actress who wants to be a star, and she also has problems with prescription drugs and her mother.
*** Also happens when Michael and Julia are doing a run through of the scene before "Lexington and 52nd" when Michael goes off script. They improv the next few lines, and thus the dialogue that makes it into the play seems to apply exactly to their situation.
*** Julia is consoling Frank [[spoiler: who is afraid he can't trust her after her affair with Michael, even if he wants to]] by telling him that "the good is bigger than the bad". This gives her the inspiration she needs to complete the lyrics to the final song.
* RedOniBlueOni: Ivy and Karen. Ivy is prone to emotional peaks while Karen is far calmer.
* ReTool: Season 2 introduced a second musical and got rid of some of the less popular minor characters from the first season.
* RunningGag: For a time, when Eileen's soon-to-be ex-husband Jerry approaches her in a restaurant she throws her drink in his face. Lampshaded when they have a dinner together and he orders her a Manhattan ahead of the conversation so she has something to throw.
* {{Scapegoat}}: When the workshop presentation fails to attract investors, Tom blames Michael for the failure and Julia and Eileen agree with him. The real reason Tom singled out Michael is [[spoiler: because he wants to stop Michael's affair with Julia]].
* SerenadeYourLover: In episode 14, The Phenomenon, [[spoiler: during Tom's flashback, he sings Billy Joel's 'Vienna' to Kyle to distract him from working on new ideas for Hit List.]]
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Marilyn: The Musical'', later renamed ''Bombshell,'' as well as ''Hitlist'' in Season 2.
* SpecialGuest: NickJonas as Lyle West in "The Cost of Art".
** Grace Gummer as Katie Rand in "The Coup"
** UmaThurman. This example was particularly noticeable, as she only appeared in the last minute or so of the first episode she was credited for.
** Creator/BernadettePeters as Leigh Conroy, Ivy's mother.
** Season Two is shaping up to have even more of these, including Liza Minelli, Rosie O'Donnell, Jennifer Hudson, Sean Hayes, and Nikki Blonsky.
* SoBadItsGood: {{Invoked}} in-universe. One of the plays Tom and John go to see.
-->'''John''': Shouldn't we go in? It's supposed to start soon.
-->'''Tom''': Meh, I heard it's a train wreck.
-->'''John''': Then why are we seeing it?
-->'''Tom and Sam''': Because it's a train wreck!
** Also ''Liasons'', in the second season. [[spoiler: Ivy gets a Tony nomination for her role in it anyway.]]
* TakeThat: Dig Deep. Tom and Julia add the song after Rebecca Duvall suggests a scene with Marilyn in the Actors' Studio. She's also been complaining that there are too many songs as opposed to scenes. Guess what the song's about? A whole awesome sounding number, that lampoons Lee Strasberg, method acting, Stanislavski and the entire naturalistic school of acting. Funny that Rebecca didn't pick up on that.
** In Season 2, the reviews of the Boston preview say that the songs and cast were good, but the show was undermined by Julia's writing ... a slap at Theresa Rebeck, on whom Julia is based but was no longer involved with the show at that point.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Ivy vs. Karen, respectively. Ivy comes out on top.
* ThirdLineSomeWaiting: There are now ''three'' musicals vying for the viewer's attention: ''Bombshell'', ''Hit List'', and ''DangerousLiaisons''. The last is given a bit less focus than the first two.
* TitleDrop: The song "Smash!"
* TragicBromance: [[spoiler: Jimmy and Kyle.]]
* TriangRelations: Type 4, with Derek being A, Karen B, and Jimmy C.
* UnequalPairing: Tom and Sam, because Tom is part of the creative staff of Bombshell and Sam is an actor in Bombshell.
** Also, Tom and [[spoiler: Kyle have a whirlwind romance during the second half of the season. Kyle is both young and a massive fan of Houston and Levitt, and Tom is down after getting lukewarm reviews for his direction and after fighting with Julia.]]
* VocalRangeExceeded: Rebecca when she first shows up. However she does convince Tom to lower the key, and also hires a vocal coach, so at least she's aware of her limits.
* WaitingForABreak: Karen is working as a waitress at the beginning of the series. Fortunately for her, it happens early enough that she can quit by the second episode.
* WhatTheHellHero: Katie has a moment of this with both parents in episode 8 - Her father Jerry's comes via confronting him of the underhanded ways he hid money from Eileen when she needs it most and she has another later in the episode with her mother Eileen after [[spoiler: realizing the showcase she experienced was done in without Julia and Tom's prior knowledge and sees their angered/hurt expressions, begging her mother not to stoop to her father's level]]. Unlike with Jerry, it works almost immediately with Eileen.
* YourCheatingHeart:
** Eileen's husband liked to sleep around with blondes until Eileen had enough and filed for divorce.
** Julia cheated on her husband Frank with Michael at some point before the series began and [[spoiler: they sleep together in episode 6. To complicate things since their last affair, Michael is now married with a kid too]]
*** In episode 7, [[spoiler: Julia breaks it off with Michael]]. In episode 9, [[spoiler: Frank finds out about the affair and leaves Julia, but they later get back together. In the season one finale, Michael tells Julia that he told his wife, resulting in her(the wife) leaving him]]
** Derek [[spoiler: on Ivy, with Rebecca.]]
** [[spoiler: Dev and Ivy.]]
** [[DidTheyOrDidntThey Possibly]] [[spoiler:Ellis on his girlfriend, with Rebecca Duvall's assistant.]]
** Kyle on his boyfriend Blake the Lighting Designer [[spoiler: with Tom.]]
* YoYoPlotPoint: Who will play Marilyn. [[spoiler: First Ivy, then Karen, then Ivy again, then Karen, then Rebecca, finally Karen. And then back to Ivy.]]

!''Bombshell'' (The first ShowWithinAShow, previously titled ''Marilyn: The Musical'') contains examples of:
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* ActorIsTheTitleCharacter: The Bombshell poster proudly reads "IVY LYNN is MARILYN MONROE".
* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Marilyn dies alone and sad, but the good in her life outweighed the bad and she will be remembered forever as a star.]]
* CastingCouch: In the song ''Smash''
* DumbBlond: Marilyn notes herself how she is type cast as one "Here she is boys, Marilyn Monroe in the flesh. All ready to film another [[SarcasmMode ''thrilling'']] movie about a dumb blond."
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: In one of Zanuck's lyrics in "Don't Say Yes Until I Finish Talking" he comments "that television just won't last".
* IWantSong: '''Tons.'''
** "Let Me Be Your Star", which speaks for itself.
** "Mr and Mrs Smith" is all about how Monroe and Dimaggio want a normal life away from publicists and TV Cameras.
** "Smash!", about all the young women just like Marilyn who are willing to do anything for fame.
* {{Sexophone}}: In "History is Made at Night"
* ShirtlessScene: "Don't Say Yes Until I Finish Talking" takes place entirely in a steam room filled with towel-clad executives.
* TitleTheAdaptation: ''Marilyn: The Musical''. They change it after the workshop though, to ''Bombshell''.
* [[YesMan Yes Men]]: An entire steam room full of them.

!''Hit List'' (the second ShowWithinAShow) provides examples of:
* EvilDiva: The Diva, who kills Karen's character in a FlashForward at the beginning.
* ShoutOut[=/=]TakeThat: The song "Original", which is directed at Music/LadyGaga. Ana, who originally played the Diva before Daisy took the role, even resembles Gaga a bit.
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-->'''Ivy''': C'mon, Karen Cartwright!
-->'''Karen''': Where are we going?
-->'''Ivy''': The show's over!
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