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Smash Premieres: Is NBC's Musical Drama a Hit?

Originally posted 02/06/2012 11:00PM

Smash has finally arrived!

After months of heavy promotion (and access to the pilot on iTunes), NBC's buzzed-about musical drama that goes behind the scenes of a Broadway show premiered Monday night – but will it be a hit? Caution: Spoilers ahead.

In the first episode, we meet the players – struggling actors, conflicted writers, an egotistical director and an ambitious producer – involved in launching a musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe.

"Everyone's doing her now," says Debra Messing's character, writer Julia Houston. "There's a Marilyn movie, diaries. You know what there's an app for the iPad now? You blow on it and the skirt goes up."

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Debra Messing's New Man Meets Her Parents | Debra Messing, Will Chase

Debra Messing's New Man Meets Her Parents

Originally posted 01/27/2012 11:00AM

Looks like Debra Messing's Smash romance is getting serious!

The star of NBC's upcoming musical series (premiering Feb. 6, 10 p.m. ET) and her on-and-offscreen love interest, Will Chase, attended the N.Y.C. premiere for the show Thursday night, and hit a major relationship milestone in the process.

At an opulent dinner after the premiere, Chase, 41, met Messing's parents, sidling up to her father in a booth while the actress's mother sat on his other side.

A show insider confirmed to PEOPLE last month that the costars were dating – shortly after Messing, 43, confirmed that she and her husband of 10 years, Daniel Zelman, separated in 2011. (Chase also recently split from his wife.)

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Inside Debra Messing's Budding Romance with Smash Costar | Debra Messing, Will Chase

Inside Debra Messing's Budding Romance with Smash Costar

Originally posted 12/29/2011 08:50PM

Life has come quite close to imitating art for Debra Messing and her new man, Smash co-star Will Chase.

On the NBC show, which premieres in February, the actors play married people who are romantically entangled.

And in real life, their personal lives are just as complicated.

Messing, 43, and her husband of 10 years Daniel Zelman, separated earlier this year, she recently revealed. Chase, 41, is currently divorcing his stage actress wife Stephanie Gibson, after splitting this month.

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Newly Separated Debra Messing Is Dating Her Costar | Debra Messing, Will Chase

Debra Messing Is Dating Her Smash Costar

Originally posted 12/28/2011 05:50PM

Sparks have apparently been flying on the set of the new NBC musical series Smash!

A show insider confirms to PEOPLE that Debra Messing – who announced Dec. 20 that she was separating from her husband of 10 years, Daniel Zelman – is now dating her Smash costar, Will Chase.

Chase, 41, recently separated from his wife, Broadway actress Stephanie Gibson, and the couple are getting divorced, his rep tells PEOPLE.

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Debra Messing Splits from Husband of 10 Years | Debra Messing

Debra Messing Splits from Daniel Zelman

Originally posted 12/20/2011 03:30PM

Debra Messing and her husband, Daniel Zelman, have parted ways.

The pair, who are parents to 7½-year-old son Roman, "privately separated earlier this year after a 10 year marriage," Messing's rep confirms to PEOPLE.

"The decision was mutual, and they remain supportive of one another and committed to raising their son as a family."

Messing, 43, first met Zelman – now an actor and producer – when they were both students at New York University (and then dated for eight years).

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Katharine McPhee Makes a Star Turn in Smash

Originally posted 12/16/2011 08:00AM

Ever wonder what goes on backstage at a Broadway show? Well, NBC's new drama Smash is pulling back the curtain.

The series stars Katharine McPhee as a struggling actress desperate for her chance in the spotlight.

"I could just so relate to this girl," says the American Idol alum, 27. "All the doors shut in my face. She's just like, 'Let me show you what I can do.' "

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Debra Messing Is Proud of Her 'Healthy' Weight Loss


Debra Messing Is Proud of Her 'Healthy' Weight Loss

Originally posted 11/25/2008 08:00AM

Debra Messing still recalls the hurtful stories about her as she tried to lose her baby weight.

"It was written about in the tabloids a lot," the actress, 40, says of her post-baby body in the January issue of Shape magazine.

"On one page it showed all the actresses who got skinny in six weeks or less, and on the other page was me! I was so depressed and frustrated."

The Will & Grace star, who gave birth to son Roman in 2004, first tried a physical trainer but the demanding workouts were too much.

"I was exhausted! I couldn't work out three hours a day and do my job as a mother and an actress. So I took the pressure off: I cut back on seeing the trainer but started eating healthier."

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Katharine McPhee Fitted for Nicole Kidman's Baby Bump | Katharine McPhee

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Katharine McPhee Fitted for Nicole Kidman's Baby Bump

Originally posted 08/09/2007 02:00PM

Call it the battle of the bumps: For pregnant roles in upcoming films, Katharine McPhee and Debra Messing will both don faux bellies, but only one will be brand new.

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Debra 'Messing' with the Movies | Debra Messing

Debra 'Messing' with the Movies

Originally posted 01/25/2005 06:00AM

Though she announced some of the nominees for AOL's Moviefone Moviegoer Awards, it seems Will & Grace star Debra Messing doesn't go to many films. Or so it would seem, as she had trouble pronouncing three of the movie titles. Hotel Rwanda became "Hotel Rwinda," Spike Lee's She Hate Me came out "She Hates Me," and The Polar Express turned into "The Polar Bear Express." The latter, she said, is due to her 9-month-old son, Roman, whose favorite book is Polar Bear, Polar Bear. Messing appeared at the L.A. event with Dermot Mulroney, her costar in the upcoming romantic comedy The Wedding Date – and though it doesn't open until Feb. 4, she was already on the lookout for an award at next year's ceremony. "We could be nominated next year for best screen kiss, perhaps," she said. Mulroney said jokingly: "There's at least one (kiss), let's put it that way. There might be four or five. I lost count after three." Of her costar appearing on Will & Grace, Messing said, "He's very elusive. But I would love to have him on the show. I would love any opportunity to work with him again."

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New Moms, New Lives | Gwyneth Paltrow

New Moms, New Lives

Originally posted 09/02/2004 12:00PM

Gwyneth Paltrow and Apple Blythe Alison, 4 monthsForget the first smile (though they are heart-melting). The real milestones in a new mother's life are: (1) Getting back into skinny jeans; and (2) Leaving the kid with a sitter for the first time. By returning to her yoga mat – which she had used throughout the pregnancy, alongside supportive husband Chris Martin – Paltrow, 31, turned up scarcely a month after Apple's May 14 birth in a pair of slender Seven jeans. (Recently, Martin, 27, dropped the wife off at an East Hampton, N.Y., yoga studio to down-dog it alone.) Though she now jokes that "blush and a girdle" explain her enviable appearance just days after a 70-hour labor, she allows that losing the 35 lbs. she put on was "tough." Tougher still for Paltrow is leaving her golden, delicious Apple at home.

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