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American Idol: Katharine McPhee Gets Record Deal And So Does Her New Series on NBC!

June 12, 2011 07:19 AM by Lisa Princ

Fox‘s American Idol season five runner up, Katharine McPhee was recently cast on a new series on NBC and now she has gotten a solo record deal. Her new series “Smash” which is supposed to be similar to Fox’s Glee has also gotten an exclusive record deal. Keep reading for more…

American Idol’s Katharine McPhee is set to star in NBC’s new series “Smash” which hopes to give “Glee” some major competition. The series which has not been given an air date yet, has been given a recording deal with Columbia records as has Katharine McPhee. In a recent press release, the network states NBC and Columbia Records have agreed to a recording rights deal for the soundtrack of NBC’s new musical series “Smash” and series star Katharine McPhee also signed a solo recording deal with Columbia Records.

“Smash” — starting mid-season on Mondays (10-11 p.m. ET) on NBC — stars Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”), McPhee (“American Idol”) and Oscar winner Anjelica Huston (“Prizzi’s Honor”). The announcements were made by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment, and Rob Stringer, Chairman, Columbia/Epic Label Group. The arrangement guarantees worldwide, digital and physical rights to the first season of “Smash” with successive options to subsequent seasons.

“A musical series should naturally be accompanied by a soundtrack deal, and NBC is very excited to be working with the best. Our Columbia Records partners will guide the soundtrack of ‘Smash’ into a big component of the show’s success,” said Greenblatt. “The music will be a driving force of what promises to make a tremendous impact for NBC in January and we couldn’t have asked for better expertise and strategy than this company will provide.”

“We are thrilled and proud to be chosen by NBC to work on their amazing new show,” said Rob Stringer, Chairman, Columbia/Epic Label Group. “Music is at the heart of ‘Smash,’ and with our wonderfully creative broadcast partners, we will develop innovative strategies to present this music to a huge audience.”

“Smash” is a musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire — to be a “Smash.” The soundtrack will be both original compositions by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning songwriters of Broadway blockbusters such as “Hairspray” and “Catch Me If You Can,” as well as covers of a variety of existing hits that will combine to tell the narrative of this musical series.

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