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Is Katharine McPhee Back with Her Husband?

Katharine McPhee and Nick Cokas 'Trying to Start Again'

Originally posted 03/11/2014 07:30AM

After a long separation, Katharine McPhee and her husband Nick Cokas are ready to give it another try.

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Whose New Hair Had Readers Swooning This Week?

Pamela Anderson's New Pixie Cut Brings Reader Love

Originally posted 11/02/2013 06:00AM

Who knew that Cupid worked with a pair of scissors?

Or that fancy footwork can still impress?

Here are the five stories that sparked the strongest reactions from PEOPLE.com readers this week, from happy, sad, laugh out loud, and angry – to wow.

To tell us what you think of what's going on in the news, click on the appropriate icon appearing at the bottom of every story.

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PHOTO: Smash Director Seen Kissing Katharine McPhee Steps Out with Wife

Michael Morris and Mary McCormack Step Out After He Was Seen Kissing Katharine McPhee

Originally posted 10/31/2013 11:55AM

Michael Morris and his wife, actress Mary McCormack, appear in step as they leave an office building in Los Angeles, days after the Smash director was spotted kissing the canceled show's star, Katharine McPhee.

Morris appears to be wearing a wedding ring.

A source has told PEOPLE that McPhee – who has been separated for six months from husband Nick Cokas – is "very upset" about the kissing photos being published and "didn't mean for anyone to be hurt."

"This is a very hard time for her," the source also said.

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Katharine McPhee 'Didn't Mean to Hurt Anyone' by Kissing Married Director | Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee 'Didn't Mean for Anyone to Be Hurt' by Kissing Married Director

Originally posted 10/29/2013 03:10PM

Ever since photos of her kissing married Smash director Michael Morris hit the Internet, things have been difficult for Katharine McPhee.

"This is a very hard time for her," a pal of the actress tells PEOPLE. "She's very upset."

Morris has three children with his wife, Welcome to the Family actress Mary McCormack. And McPhee has been separated from her husband Nick Cokas for six months.

Now that the news of her relationship has been made public, the former American Idol sweetheart appears to be at a crossroads.

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Katharine McPhee Photographed Kissing Married Smash Director | Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee Photographed Kissing Married Smash Director Michael Morris

Originally posted 10/23/2013 03:25PM

Smash star Katharine McPhee has been photographed kissing a director for the canceled show, Michael Morris.

Both are married, though a source close to McPhee tells PEOPLE, "She and her husband are separated for over six months, since early this year. They haven't been living together."

McPhee, 29, is married to Nick Cokas, who is also her manager. Morris, 47, and his wife, Welcome to the Family actress Mary McCormack, have three young daughters together.

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Do You Like Katharine McPhee's Much-Shorter Do?

Do You Like Katharine McPhee's Much-Shorter Do?

Originally posted 03/28/2013 02:00PM

The star debuts a brand new, blonde-tipped, chin-length crop

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Jennifer Hudson Hits High Notes as Broadway Diva in Smash | Jennifer Hudson


Jennifer Hudson Hits High Notes as Broadway Diva in Smash

Originally posted 11/23/2012 03:00PM

The new trailer for season 2 of Smash opens with Katharine McPhee's character, Karen Cartwright, telling Megan Hilty's character, Ivy Lynn, to stay out of her elevator.

And that's not even the biggest diva moment!

That honor would go to show newcomer Jennifer Hudson, who will play Broadway sensation (and two-time Tony winner) Veronica Moore. There will be no shortage of powerhouse vocals from Hudson, who belts out more than a few high notes in the trailer. And looks gorgeous doing it.

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Katharine McPhee's Chihuahua Is Now Working in the Smash Costume Department | Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee's Chihuahua Is Now Working in the Smash Costume Department

Originally posted 11/20/2012 03:00PM

Katharine McPhee just got big-timed by her dog.

Nena, one of the Smash star's Chihuahuas, recently got fidgety on the show's New York City set and make a beeline for the costume department.

"Nena went ahead & got herself a job in costumes," wrote @shandzee on Instagram on Friday, sharing a photo of the pint-sized pooch wearing a bright red sweater and hanging out on a desk.

McPhee replied, "yea she got too bored on set with me."

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Katharine McPhee & Megan Hilty's Celebratory Champagne-Filled Dinner Party | Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee & Megan Hilty's Celebratory Champagne-Filled Dinner Party

Originally posted 07/13/2012 06:00AM

Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty were back on set Tuesday, filming season two of Smash, but a long work day didn't prevent the ladies from a bubbly-filled night of fun to celebrate being together again.

Sipping on Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte and noshing on French cuisine at Bagatelle in New York City, the ladies were joined by Hilty's beau Brian Gallagher and some new and returning cast members of the show.

"Everyone was smiling and toasting away," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "They referred to the first day back on set as 'the first day of school,' but seemed to be loving every minute of it.' "

At one point, says the source, Hilty took the remaining cork and collar from one of the table's champagne bottles and said she wanted to make a necklace out of it as a "keepsake of the evening."
– Dahvi Shira

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Katharine McPhee's 'Obsessed' with New York | Katharine McPhee

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Katharine McPhee's 'Obsessed' with New York

Originally posted 05/30/2012 02:45PM

It's been a season full of ruthless ambition and emotional chaos on Smash, and Katharine McPhee can't wait to get started on what's next.

"We had such an incredible time on the first season that I can only hope for [season 2] to be as enjoyable as the first," the actress tells PEOPLE. "The show has made some creative changes, so I think there will be some new characters and interesting new storylines."

Smash had some famous guest stars in its debut season, and McPhee has her favorites among them, including Bernadette Peters ("It was amazing to meet her and work with her!") and Uma Thurman ("I love her! She has a really funny and dry sense of humor.").

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