runner-up Katharine McPhee is set to co-star in Steven Spielberg’s TV musical drama Smash.
The NBC pilot centers on several characters who join together to put on a Broadway musical inspired by Marilyn Monroe. 25-year-old McPhee will play a struggling actress who is determined to get Marilyn’s coveted role.
Debra Messing also signed on to headline the pilot.
McPhee has had a bit of acting experience; she had a role in the film The House Bunny, as well as guest appearances on the TV shows Community and CSI: NY.
Smash is an interesting project for broadcast television. Until Fox’s Glee, the musical on TV had not exactly had a successful track record. Smash was originally developed at Showtime.
McPhee will be singing and dancing as well as acting – I think she’ll do great, what do you think?