Katharine McPhee Says Smash And Glee Are ‘Totally Different Shows’

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By Radar Staff

If you’ve read all the hype about the musical drama Smash and you think it’s another Glee, Katharine McPhee says think again.

The American Idol runner-up says the new series – which premieres on NBC Monday – is nothing like the FOX network hit.

“[I’m] not saying that one is better than the other…” she tells Celebuzz, “They’re just totally different shows.”

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Katharine plays Broadway hopeful Karen Cartwright in the much-hyped series. She says: “I know it always seems like one thing becomes popular and now they do like 50 versions of that.

“But at least I know that Smash has been in development for years.

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“It’s not just something that like ‘now’s the time because Glee’s become so successful.’”

As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Smash is a behind-the-scenes look at a Broadway show.

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Katharine plays one of two performers desperate to be cast as the lead in a musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe.

Smash is bursting with talent including Anjelica Huston, Debra Messing and Jack Davenport.

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Katharine lists the ways she thinks the two shows are different. The singer-turned-actress says Smash is a “drama” with “some moments of comedy.”

“We are a drama about the making of a Broadway show and all the kind of things that go into making it,” she says. “All of our songs are really kind of in context of the show.

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Glee has sometimes six or seven songs in an episode. We have maybe two or three songs. So, it really is still kind of story-driven and character-driven.”

Katharine says to expect one or two well-known “cover” songs in each episode, but that one original song may also be thrown in. She says: “We introduce brand new songs, songs that people have never heard, which is a really tricky thing to do because people like something that’s familiar…”

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Katharine also promises that Smash will be “a little bit more adult” than its high school counterpart.

You can catch Smash Monday nights on NBC at 10/9 central.

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