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Season 1

1 :01x01 - Pilot

Feb/06/2012
The hit-making Broadway writing team of Julia Houston and Tom Levitt unites with producer Eileen Rand to create a new musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, and seasoned chorus girl Ivy Lynn vies with newcomer Karen Cartwright for the dream role.

Source: NBC
Guest Stars: Brian d'Arcy James as Frank Houston | Becky Ann Baker as Karen's Mother | Dylan Baker as Karen's Father | Michael Cristofer as Jerry Rand | Robert Lupone as Jerry's Lawyer
Story: Theresa Rebeck | Teleplay: Theresa Rebeck

2 :01x02 - The Callback

Feb/13/2012
Ivy and Karen jump through hoops for the brilliant but temperamental director Derek Wills as they pursue the role of a lifetime. Meanwhile, Julia and her husband Frank, are frustrated by the red tape of an international adoption process, and Eileen fights to finance her new musical in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

Source: NBC
Guest Stars: Michael Cristofer as Jerry Rand |
Featuring: Katie Webber as Dancer

3 :01x03 - Enter Mr. DiMaggio

Feb/20/2012
The search begins for a Joe DiMaggio to play opposite Marilyn - but everyone's first choice, Michael, has a secret. Karen returns to Iowa for a baby shower and must decide what she wants for her future. Eileen begins rounding up investors - but ex-husband Jerry may already have poisoned the well.

Source: NBC
Guest Stars: Will Chase (1) as Michael | Michael Cristofer as Jerry Rand |
Featuring: Katie Webber as Dancer

4 :01x04 - The Cost of Art

Feb/27/2012
Karen must learn to advance in the high-stakes world of Broadway, as Derek hosts a party for hot young star Lyle. Eileen tries a sly new strategy for raising funds, while Tom goes on a first date.

Source: NBC
Special Guest Stars: Nick Jonas as Lyle West |
Guest Stars: Will Chase (1) as Michael | Neal Bledsoe as John Goodwin | Leslie Odom, Jr. as Sam Strickland

5 :01x05 - Let's Be Bad

Mar/05/2012
Karen finds a new use for her acting talents as she joins Dev at a high-powered government party. The drama between Michael and Julia heats up, as Eileen and Tom's ambitious assistant Ellis forge an alliance. Ivy senses trouble in her relationship with Derek.

Source: NBC
Guest Stars: Charles Semine as Mr. Denby | Nitya Vidyasagar as Jill Abramson | Leslie Odom, Jr. as Sam Strickland | Neal Bledsoe as John Goodwin | Emory Cohen as Leo | Will Chase (1) as Michael |
Co-Guest Stars: Tala Ashe as RJ Quigley | Ann Harada as Linda | Scott F. Burkhardt as Scott | Maggie Bofill as Officer Hernandez | Wesley Taylor as Bobby | Jenny Laroche as Sue | Savannah Wise as Jessica | Phillip Spaeth as Dennis | Joshua Bergasse as Josh
Director: Jamie Babbit

6 :01x06 - Chemistry

Mar/12/2012
Ivy faces major problems as her voice begins to fail her. Julia struggles to avoid Michael - but she can't. Eileen explores her inner hipster at a downtown dive bar with her new pal Ellis, while Karen is an even bigger fish out of water, as she books a side gig at a bar mitzvah on Long Island.

Source: NBC
Guest Stars: Thorsten Kaye as Nick | Emory Cohen as Leo | Geoffrey Cantor as Barry Schwartzman (credited as Geoff Cantor) | Leslie Odom, Jr. as Sam Strickland | Neal Bledsoe as John Goodwin | Will Chase (1) as Michael

7 :01x07 - The Workshop

Mar/19/2012
Everything comes to a head as Eileen, Derek and the team present "Marilyn The Musical" to would-be investors. Ivy is under pressure to perform, while her mother, Broadway star Leigh Conroy, undermines her at every turn. Karen must decide between the workshop and a meeting with a big-time music producer. Julia and Michael must face up to the consequences of their actions.

Source: NBC
Special Guest Stars: Bernadette Peters as Leigh Conroy |
Guest Stars: Leslie Odom, Jr. as Sam Strickland | Thorsten Kaye as Nick | Emory Cohen as Leo | Neal Bledsoe as John Goodwin | Will Chase (1) as Michael
Director: Mimi Leder
Writer: Jason Grote

8 :01x08 - The Coup

Mar/26/2012
The team deals with the aftermath of the workshop. Ivy remains in the dark about her fate, while Derek recruits Karen to help him steal the musical from Tom and Julia. Eileen must face up to her ex-husband, Jerry, when their daughter Katie pays a surprise visit from India.

Source: NBC
Special Guest Stars: Ryan Tedder as Himself |
Guest Stars: Charles Semine as Mr. Denby | Leslie Odom, Jr. as Sam Strickland | Thorsten Kaye as Nick | Emory Cohen as Leo | Will Chase (1) as Michael | Neal Bledsoe as John Goodwin | Grace Gummer as Katie | Michael Cristofer as Jerry Rand

9 :01x09 - Hell On Earth

Apr/02/2012
The team begins their pursuit of a marquee star, as Eileen charges Tom and Julia with finding a title for the newly reinvigorated musical. Karen and Ivy find themselves in competition again -- this time for an orange juice commercial. Relationship troubles abound, as Frank makes an unwelcome discovery.

Source: NBC
Special Guest Stars: Norbert Leo Butz as Himself |
Guest Stars: Leslie Odom, Jr. as Sam Strickland | Sean Dugan as Randall Jones | Emory Cohen as Leo | Will Chase (1) as Michael | Neal Bledsoe as John Goodwin

10 :01x10 - Understudy

Apr/09/2012
The show has landed a star, the mercurial Rebecca Duvall, but Eileen is thrown into a panic when Rebecca gets stuck in Cuba. Derek puts Karen in as understudy, but she must learn to perform under extreme pressure as he threatens to break her will. Tom and Julia celebrate their anniversary with a ritual - and face some hard truths about what show business can do to relationships.

Source: NBC
Special Guest Stars: Uma Thurman as Rebecca Duvall |
Guest Stars: Neal Bledsoe as John Goodwin | Emory Cohen as Leo | Thorsten Kaye as Nick | Leslie Odom, Jr. as Sam Strickland | Terrence Mann as Randy Cobra
Director: Adam Bernstein

11 :01x11 - The Movie Star

Apr/16/2012
"Bombshell" is turned upside-down by the arrival of movie star Rebecca Duvall. Karen and Ivy are drawn into an uneasy alliance against their new rival -- but can they overcome their history? The romance between Tom and Sam heats up, while Julia and Frank must put aside their differences to address a family crisis. Dev faces a big decision.

Source: NBC
Special Guest Stars: Uma Thurman as Rebecca Duvall |
Guest Stars: Thorsten Kaye as Nick | Leslie Odom, Jr. as Sam Strickland | Emory Cohen as Leo | Sean Dugan as Randall Jones | Betsy Aidem as Counselor | Charles Semine as Mr. Denby

12 :01x12 - Publicity

Apr/23/2012
Karen finds herself seduced by the glamorous life of new BFF Rebecca Duvall -- but can Rebecca be trusted? What will Karen's ascent mean to her relationship with Dev? And will Rebecca drive Derek insane? Eileen introduces new beau Nick to ex-husband Jerry, while Julia panics when her son Leo goes missing.

Source: NBC
Special Guest Stars: Uma Thurman as Rebecca Duvall |
Guest Stars: Sean Dugan as Randall Jones | Emory Cohen as Leo | Leslie Odom, Jr. as Sam Strickland | Michael Cristofer as Jerry Rand | Thorsten Kaye as Nick | John Procaccino as Cooper |
Co-Guest Stars: Savannah Wise as Jessica | Wesley Taylor as Bobby | Henry Stram as Justin "Lee Strasberg" | Phillip Spaeth as Dennis | Tony Yazbeck as Ted "Joe Dimaggio" | Shaun Licata as Josie | Jenny Laroche as Sue | Ann Harada as Linda | Hunter Gallagher as Mason | Joshua Bergasse as Josh | Tala Ashe as RJ Quigley

13 :01x13 - Tech

Apr/30/2012
Ivy faces trouble as Derek finds himself drawn ever closer to Rebecca Duvall, while Karen reaches a turning point -- she must choose between Dev and the show. Eileen faces off against Julia over the possible return of Michael Swift.

Source: NBC
Special Guest Stars: Uma Thurman as Rebecca Duvall |
Guest Stars: Emory Cohen as Leo | Leslie Odom, Jr. as Sam Strickland | Sean Dugan as Randall Jones | Thorsten Kaye as Nick | Isiah Whitlock, Jr. as Ronald Strickland
Director: Roxann Dawson

14 :01x14 - Previews

May/07/2012
"Bombshell" faces its first audience just as a major crisis hits Rebecca Duvall. The team of Tom and Julia scramble to fix the show when the first preview falls short, and Frank must adjust to the unwelcome return of Michael Swift to his life. Dev seeks reconciliation with Karen, but explosive information about Ivy lurks just beneath the surface.

Source: NBC
Special Guest Stars: Uma Thurman as Rebecca Duvall |
Guest Stars: Will Chase (1) as Michael | Thorsten Kaye as Nick | Emory Cohen as Leo | Leslie Odom, Jr. as Sam Strickland | Isiah Whitlock, Jr. as Ronald Strickland | Sean Dugan as Randall Jones | Hinton Battle as Pastor | Marc Kudisch as Darryl F. Zannuck |
Co-Guest Stars: Scott Wittman as Patron at the bar | Marc Shaiman as Pianist

15 :01x15 - Bombshell

May/14/2012
The big night is finally here. Tom and Julia race against time to save the show, while Derek makes a decision that will change the lives of Karen and Ivy forever. Ellis reveals his true colors. But when he finally makes his move to save "Bombshell," will it be for or against Eileen? In the midst of it all, another bombshell goes off - this one is in Karen and Dev's relationship.

Source: NBC
Special Guest Stars: Nick Jonas as Lyle West | Bernadette Peters as Leigh Conroy |
Guest Stars: Michael Cristofer as Jerry Rand | Emory Cohen as Leo | Thorsten Kaye as Nick | Will Chase (1) as Michael | Leslie Odom, Jr. as Sam Strickland

Season 2

16 :02x01 - On Broadway

Feb/05/2013
Back from a successful run in Boston, Eileen, Julia and Tom are blindsided by both personal and professional obstacles as they seek to take "Bombshell" to Broadway. Karen consults her new mentor, Broadway star Veronica "Ronnie" Moore, as she finds herself on the brink of fame, but her success may come at cost to Ivy. A new talent is discovered in an unexpected place. Meanwhile, Derek copes with a damaging accusation.

Source: NBC

17 :02x02 - The Fallout

Feb/05/2013
The second season begins with "Bombshell" running into financial trouble that threatens the production. Meanwhile, Karen is mentored by a Broadway star and discovers a new artist in an unexpected place; and Julia faces a personal crisis with her husband.

Source: NBC

18 :02x03 - The Dramaturg

Feb/19/2013
Partnerships are tested as Eileen asks Tom and Julia to contend with an unwelcome new collaborator, while Jimmy and Kyle prepare to present their work for the first time. Derek attempts to get Ronnie back on his side. Ivy finds it hard to move on, but help from an old friend might take her one step closer to her dream.

Source: NBC
Guest Stars: Jennifer Hudson as Ronnie

19 :02x04 - The Song

Feb/26/2013
Derek calls in help for a special event, but Jimmy's pride might get in the way of a huge opportunity Karen orchestrates for him and Kyle. Peter challenges Julia's pride as they continue to work together. Meanwhile, Ronnie struggles to assert her independence from a powerful mother, as Eileen finds herself at a moral crossroads with huge ramifications for "Bombshell."

Source: NBC
Guest Stars: Daniel Sunjata as Peter | Jennifer Hudson as Veronica Moore | Sheryl Lee Ralph as Cynthia Moore | Thorsten Kaye as Nick

20 :02x05 - The Read-through

Mar/05/2013
Julia's fears increase when Tom airs his suspicions of Peter. Jimmy and Kyle confront their own crisis of confidence as "Hit List" is read for the first time. Meanwhile, Ivy realizes her triumph might not be all she hoped when she meets her new co-star, Terry Falls, and Karen wonders if she can trust Jimmy.

Source: NBC
Guest Stars: Daniel Sunjata as Peter

21 :02x06 - The Fringe

Mar/12/2013
Derek and Karen find themselves at a surprising crossroads, forcing one of them to make a difficult choice. Jerry's uneasy partnership with Eileen hits a snag, as does "Hit List's" first performance at the Fringe Festival. Meanwhile, Ivy's last-ditch effort to save her and Terry's show has unexpected results.

Source: NBC
Guest Stars: Michael Cristofer as Jerry | Condola Rashad as Cynthia Moran

22 :02x07 - Musical Chairs

Mar/19/2013
New circumstances give rise to conflicts as Karen, Tom, Julia and Derek adjust to their new surroundings. Tensions at "Liaisons" are also coming to a boil, ensuring that the show will find its place in Broadway history. Meanwhile, Eileen may have found the key to saving "Bombshell" with the help of her daughter, Katie

Source: NBC
Guest Stars: Grace Gummer as Katie

23 :02x08 - The Bells And Whistles

Mar/26/2013
When Ivy brings Sam, back to town, Tom finds himself in an awkward situation. Jimmy and Derek clash over their vision for "Hit List," while both Ana and Karen struggle to stand up for what they want.

Source: NBC

24 :02x09 - The Parents

Apr/02/2013
After Leigh Conroy joins the cast of "Bombshell," Tom finds himself struggling to diffuse the years of tension between her and Ivy. Jimmy and Karen's connection is threatened by both Ana's newfound success and an unexpected visitor. Derek learns more about Jimmy's past just as the public sees their first piece of "Hit List."

Source: NBC
Guest Stars: Bernadette Peters as Leigh Conroy

25 :02x10 - The Surprise Party

Apr/06/2013
Tom plans a surprise for Ivy in an attempt to find a balance between their work life and their friendship. Relations between Karen, Jimmy, and Derek explode just as "Hit List's" rehearsal process nears its close. While Richard asks Eileen to spend less time at work and more time with him, Julia finds herself also pulled away from "Bombshell" by an unlikely source.


Source: NBC
Guest Stars: Jamey Sheridan as While Richard | Liza Minnelli as Herself

26 :02x11 - The Dress Rehearsal

Apr/13/2013
As Tom and Julia race to ready "Bombshell" for previews, Tom's eagerness to prove himself may not be the best thing for the show. An onstage mishap forces Ivy to make a choice, while tension mounts at "Hit List" as Karen becomes suspicious of Derek's motives towards her.

Source: NBC

27 :02x12 - Opening Night

Apr/20/2013
It's "Bombshell's" opening night. As Ivy's nerves get the better of her, support comes from an unlikely source. Meanwhile, Tom and Julia look to their next project. "Bombshell's" success may be in jeopardy as Eileen's issues with Richard come to a head. Jimmy finally opens up to Karen about his past, but is it too little too late?

Source: NBC
Guest Stars: Jamey Sheridan as Richard

28 :02x13 - The Producers

Apr/27/2013
An off-the-rail Jimmy threatens "Hit List's" future, as Karen, Derek, Ana and Kyle try to help him before something bad happens. Tom and Julia's partnership is strained to the breaking point just as Ivy, Eileen, and the entire "Bombshell" team are running themselves ragged to outshine the competition.

Source: NBC

29 :02x14 - The Phenomenon

May/04/2013
An unexpected event bonds both "Bombshell" and "Hit List."

Source: NBC

30 :02x15 - The Transfer

May/11/2013
With his sights set on the Tony, Tom pulls out all the stops at a Houston & Levitt tribute night, but can Julia turn away from "Hit List" long enough to help? Ivy is afraid of damaging her reputation when Tom asks her to perform a risqué number. The cast of "Hit List" is rocked by a betrayal close to home.

Source: NBC

31 :02x16 - The Nominations

May/26/2013
It's a crucial moment for both shows as Tony nominations loom, but keeping your eye on the prize can be hard. As Tom crosses an influential Tony voter and Ivy copes with some very distracting news, Derek's past has repercussions for the entire "Hit List" team.

Source: NBC

32 :02x17 - The Tonys

May/26/2013
On Tony night, the awards might not provide the answers everyone is looking for. As Jimmy faces a final reckoning, Tom, Julia, Derek, Karen, Ivy, and most of all, Eileen wait to see if the ceremony will confirm their place in the Broadway pantheon once and for all.
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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama | Music
Status: Canceled
Network: NBC ( USA)
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: February 06, 2012
Ended: May 26, 2013
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