New York City has been the setting for more than its share of TV cop dramas, but NBC's new "Smash" shows off the Big Apple's glamourous side.
The behind-the-scenes spotlight that "Smash" shines on Broadway is unique for TV.
Megan Hilty is a veteran of such Broadway musicals as "Wicked".
She transitions to TV for the role of a chorus girl vying for the lead role in a musical about
"It's like a mini adventure every day, I show up to work and try something I've never done before. So it's great!" she says.
Christian Borle's another Broadway vet on the TV learning curve.
Borle plays one half of a playwriting duo, alongside Debra Messing, and he appreciates the show's aim for authenticity.
"For every little part, all the dancers are dancers I've known and seen on Broadway," he notes.
Music from Tony Award winners adds to "Smash"'s Broadway pedigree.
It's a mix that's got numerous critics supporting the show.
"Many of us are hoping a show this different will work, that has this much entertainment value on it, and NBC has really swung the bat," says TV Guide's Matt Roush.
"smash" debuts tonight at 10 Eastern after "The Voice".