Katharine McPhee Gets A Record Deal, Along With New Series

Katharine McPhee in 'Smash' (Photo: NBC)

Katharine McPhee in 'Smash' (Photo: NBC)

NBC has made no secret that it hopes its new drama series “Smash” will hit all the right notes next year. The network is hunting for a break-out scripted hit, and has plenty riding on this Steven Spielberg-produced series set in the world of Broadway musicals. And as a tune-up to the show’s arrival in midseason, NBC has signed a deal with Columbia Records to release the “Smash” soundtrack, the network announced Thursday.

In addition, Columbia has inked the show’s star, ex-“American Idol” contestant Katharine McPhee, to an exclusive deal as well. The show will feature both covers and original songs, which will be penned by the Tony Award-winning pair of songwriters, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Let’s see … a musical drama series on a major network centering around young performers, and there are plans on releasing all of their songs on CD during the season? NBC must be positively “Glee”-ful about the way things are going with “Smash” these days. Here’s a sneak peek at the new show, which follows the fictional efforts to create a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe.

“Smash,” which also stars Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston, will premiere midseason, airing Mondays at 10/9c on NBC.

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