Megan Hilty

Jennifer Hudson
When Smash made its glittering premiere last season, complete with its Spielberg-Meron-Zadan imprimatur, many of us fell in love with the NBC serial that took us behind the scenes of a Broadway musical in the making. But as with many love affairs, somehow the little flaws turned into big disappointments, and the disappointments became less and less tolerable. The magic faded with clunky plot points, an unbelievable villain (Ellis, played by Jaime Cepero), and the show's insistence that Karen (Katherine McPhee) is a far superior performer to Ivy (Megan Hilty) though we all clearly saw otherwise.
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With so many trouble spots to worry about, you have to know the President needs a holiday break.  At least he was in the merry and bright zone for a little while the other night, tending to tradition at the annual Christmas in Washington concert at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.  Hosted by Conan O'Brien, with Diana Ross, "Smash" star Megan Hilty, "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery, pop star Demi Lovato, "The Voice" favorite Chris Mann, and "Gangnam Style" sensation PSY, the event is being aired on TNT Friday, Dec. 21.
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