Few would expect a big name director like Steven Spielberg to be attached to a TV miniseries like Smash, but it’s true. Spielberg is completely behind the behind-the-scenes-of-Broadway drama Smash, going as far to call it a “labor of love.”
The director told Access Hollywood the miniseries started as an idea five years ago. He tried to push the project on to someone else, but no one was really interested in the project. “It took [NBC’s entertainment president] Bob Greenblatt to step forward, because he’s done musical theater with ‘9 to 5.’ He really responded to the material,” he said.
“I couldn’t get anybody else to buy it. Bob stepped forward and took the show for NBC,” he said. “So, I hired myself and my… two TV partners at DreamWorks Television… We then hired Theresa Rebeck to really create the show. She wrote a wonderful play called, ‘The Understudy.’ She had done a lot of writing for theater and I wanted theater. I wanted writers from theater to write about theater.”
Due to the nature of the project, Spielberg even asked that marketing keep his name off the promotional materials. He wants people to focus on the show itself, not just tune in because it’s a Spielberg production. “I get tired of seeing my own name,” he joked.
The pilot of the drama is currently streaming online as a preview on NBC.com, Hulu.com and is available for download through iTunes and Amazon. Smash stars Katharine McPhee, Anjelica Huston, Debra Messing and Will Chase. It will premiere on NBC after The Voice on Feb. 6.