Tuesday, December 18, 2012

From LA Examiner: 'The Voice' Finalists On Favorite Performances; 'Smash' Season Premiere Review...

"The Voice's Top 3 on the performances by which they want to be remembered"

It almost doesn't matter who walks away with the season three title of The Voice in the end. All three finalists left in the competition have unique styles and clear voices and now deep fan followings that will help them continue a music career long after the reality TV spotlight dims. But they also have coaches who will help them out-- whether they need advice or a duet partner for a track on an album. The Voice is really just a launching point for Team CeeLo's Nicholas David and Team Blake's Cassadee Pope and Terry McDermott, but it was a great platform to set them up as solo artists... [MORE]

"Smash S2's new character dynamics renew excitement for the series"

This is Josh Safran's Smash, and it starts with a little wink to the fans who stuck with it, even if they were only hate-watching. But the opening moment of meta aside, Smash season two starts by delivering what everyone could agree worked last season: an on-stage musical number. Karen (Katharine McPhee) is still Marilyn, and the action in the theater is intercut with scenes of the characters returning to the Big Apple after their Boston run. In a mere three minutes we get a sense of where just about everybody is in their relationships and a look at a couple of brand new characters, but the biggest impact is just how a couple of key players have flip-flopped. It's as if Smash season two feels the need to immediately prove it won't follow in the footsteps of season one. However, season one certainly had its merits, even if it went campy, and Safran is out to adapt and borrow what he felt worked while stirring up new drama the best way he knows how... [MORE]

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