A brief synopsis of "Bombshell," courtesy of NBC, follows. Be forewarned, there are spoilers in the description.
"The big night is finally here," according to press notes. "Tom (Christian Borle) and Julia (Debra Messing) race against time to save the show, while Derek (Jack Davenport) makes a decision that will change the lives of Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty) forever. Ellis (Jaime Cepero) reveals his true colors. But when he finally makes his move to save Bombshell, will it be for or against Eileen (Anjelica Huston)? In the midst of it all, another bombshell goes off – this one is in Karen and Dev's (Raza Jaffrey) relationship."
The scripted drama about the subculture of musical theatre people is the brainchild of Steven Spielberg. Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius, "NYPD Blue") penned the pilot episode and is the series creator. As previously reported, Josh Safran, an executive producer at CW's "Gossip Girl," will succeed Rebeck as "showrunner" — the person in charge of all aspects of story — for "Smash."
Executive producer on the series is multiple Emmy and Oscar winner Steven Spielberg ("ER," "Schindler's List"). Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Oscar-winning "Chicago," "Hairspray") and Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey ("United States of Tara," "The Borgias") also serve as executive producers. Original songs are written by Tony and Grammy Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can), who also serve as executive producers.
"Smash" is a production of Universal Media Studios in association with DreamWorks.
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