‘Smash’ debuts Monday night.
NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, (Front Row) Actor Jamie Cepero, Actor Jack Davenport, Actress Anjelica Huston, Actress Debra Messing, Actress Katharine McPhee, Actress Megan Hilty, Actor Christian Borle, Actor Raza Jaffrey, (Back Row) Executive Producer/Co-Lyricist Scott Wittman, Executive Producer/Music Composer/Co-Lyricist Marc Shaiman, Executive Producer Neil Meron, Executive Producer Craig Zadan, Creator/Executive Producer Theresa Rebeck, Executive Producer David Marshall Grant, Executive producer Justin Falvey and Executive producer Darryl Frank speak onstage during the 'Smash' panel during the NBCUniversal portion of the 2012 Winter TCA Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 6, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Chances are you've seen a promo or two about NBC's new series "Smash".
The musical drama about the making of a Broadway show finally debuts tonight, Feb. 6, at 9 p.m., following a two hour edition of "The Voice".
Even before the cameras rolled on "Smash" it was already being compared to TV's musical pioneer, "Glee", but for TV Guide Critic Matt Roush, the newcomer has carved a distinctive niche.
"This show breaks the formula, it's not even like 'Glee' really," he said.
"Smash" offers a Broadway setting and everything that goes along with it.
It's the hopes and dreams not only of stage performers, but Broadway's creative forces as well, as they develop a play about Marilyn Monroe.
In fact, the "Smash" insider view of theater's mystique echoes "The West Wing" insight into White House politics.
"There's so much behind the scenes attitude about the show, and at the same time, there's a really great quality feel to it. It feels like the NBC of old in many ways," Roush added.
The caliber of the "Smash" cast is also inviting comparisons to shows like "The West Wing".
It stars Emmy winner Debra Messing and Oscar winner Anjelica Huston, along with several real-life Broadway veterans.
Click on the video to see why "Smash" is already being called the grownup version of "Glee."