Did you catch the premiere of Smash last night? NBC has been promoting it at every opportunity so I'm sure you've seen ads for it. I watched the sneak peak on Hulu a couple of days ago. I miss my former theater life at times so I hope this show helps fill the void.
The big challenge for the show will be whether it can successfully depict the realities of living and trying to succeed in New York City. I don't expect it to be 100% realistic because it is on network TV which likes a bit of gloss. However, the first thing they need to get right are the NYC apartments and avoid TV NYC apartments. Anything larger than a shoe box that isn't shared with at least 1 roommate is not believable.
I can believe that the successful composer and lyricist would have rather nice apartments. Here composer Tom accents with a VILMIE RUTA cushion.
Love Jack Davenport, the actor who plays the director Derek, and I hope they give him some great material. Also, I wouldn't mind seeing his apartment more often. Gorgeous loft. Very expensive. And hey look: TRÅDIG bowl on the counter.
So far what I've seen of the struggling actresses' apartments is optimistic. Perpetual chorus girl Ivy's kitchen looks pretty authentic complete with a cheap RUSCH wall clock and drab gray walls.
Karen's apartment has a lot of character but seems far too comfortable for a struggling actress working as a waitress to make ends meet. She has a SALMI table in her living room / dining area.
A little orange storage tin (discontinued) on top of her fridge.
In the bedroom there is a 3-Drawer MALM.
Did you notice that her bedroom also had a closet? I don't know if her boyfriend lives with her or not but I'm seriously wondering how she could afford that TV let alone the rent for an apartment that size. I admit I'm being a little nit-picky there. At least this apartment is far more plausible than a Friends or Ugly Betty apartment.
There was of course wonderful singing and dancing throughout the episode (if you haven't heard of Megan Hilty before now, get yourself to YouTube!) but we're here to look for IKEA, right? I'm wishing the show to break a leg (and reviewers to stop with the smash puns already).