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12. Smash (NBC). Setting the flaws aside, "Smash"
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12. Smash (NBC). Setting the flaws aside, "Smash" attempted something never really done before on network TV -- the fictional creation of a Broadway musical -- and succeeded memorably and (occasionally) even beautifully.
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