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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
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.").
Originally posted 05/23/2012 03:50PM
Katharine McPhee has had a big year – starring in a hit show and adjusting to life in New York City.
The Smash star's two dogs, Chihuahuas Larry and Nena, have been along for the ride. "My little dogs are doing great," McPhee told PEOPLE in an e-mail. "They are wonderful companions and I love them to pieces. I never thought they would become so famous!"
Not only do they get the attention of paparazzi, Larry and Nena are part of McPhee's entourage on the Smash set.
Originally posted 05/14/2012 04:00PM
The annual TV upfronts have started in Manhattan, with the networks announcing their fall lineups and tossing sardine-size video clips into the open mouths of assembled advertisers and media people.
The big news out of NBCs presentation Monday is that The Voice, the network's standout hit, will be making more use of those wonderful swivel chairs. Yes, America, you will get to see more of Christina Aguilera swiveling, and you will be glad of it.
As to the actual new lineup ... well, NBC has had its problems with programming. Even the mightily promoted Smash, after a heavenly opening, sputtered. Its star, Katharine McPhee, was brought out not once but twice to perform at the upfront, but her show won't be back until midseason.
Originally posted 02/16/2012 08:00AM
Katharine McPhee's character might be up for the role of Marilyn Monroe on NBC's Smash, but on next week's episode (Monday, 10 p.m. ET), she proves she's still a "Redneck Woman" at heart.
In a sneak preview (see video above), McPhee's Karen Cartwright returns to Iowa for a baby shower, where she performs karaoke at a bar to Gretchen Wilson's country hit "Redneck Woman."
Meanwhile, back in New York, the writing-producing team played by Anjelica Huston and Debra Messing are working on getting investors for the show and looking to cast someone as Yankee hero – and Monroe husband – Joe DiMaggio.
(In 1983 there really was a Monroe musical, the short-lived Marilyn: An American Fable. It featured, in his Broadway debut, a pre-Quantum Leap Scott Bakula as DiMaggio. Alyson Reed played Monroe.)
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."
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.' "
Originally posted 05/07/2010 02:00PM
If playing a tech geek-turned-super spy out to protect national security on the hit show Chuck isn't enough, Zachary Levi has signed up for another mission: Katharine McPhee's unlikely costar and duet partner in her latest music video for "Terrified."
The song, penned by American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, was originally recorded by singer-songwriter Jason Reeves for McPhee's second album, Unbroken. But when the former Idol runner up premiered her new video, it featured the 29-year-old Chuck star cozying up to McPhee in a recording studio.
Turns out Levi actually has a background in musical theater. The budding singer grew up performing in community plays and musicals near his childhood Ventura, Calif., home before he became Chuck the spy.
Originally posted 02/19/2009 03:45PM
Katharine McPhee guest stars on an upcoming episode of CSI: NY playing – what else – a singer, and PEOPLE has an exclusive sneak peek. The American Idol Season 5 runner-up is pictured alongside the show's star, Gary Sinise, at the Feb. 18 shoot on the CBS Radford Lot in Studio City, Calif. McPhee, 24, takes on the role of a crime victim who resorts to murder as revenge. The episode is set to air in mid-April on CBS. – Marisa Laudadio
Originally posted 08/19/2008 03:30PM
Katharine McPhee channels her inner sorority girl in her latest video, "I Know What Boys Like," the first single from The House Bunny soundtrack.
McPhee, 24, puts a twist on the '80s hit, sashaying in the video alongside sorority sister costars in the film, Emma Stone, Rumer Willis and Kat Dennings. The singer has long had acting ambitions before her Idol fame.
The comedy, which also stars Anna Faris as a Playboy bunny who mentors an awkward sorority, hits theaters Aug. 22.
The film's cast is set to appear on TRL Wednesday.
– Ken Lee
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