'Smash': a TV drama mashed up with original songs

In this image released by NBC, Katharine McPhee portrays Karen in the new series "Smash," premiering Monday at 10 p.m. EST on NBC. (AP Photo/NBC, Will Hart)

January 30, 2012 6:56:19 AM PST
As TV series go, "Smash" does a smashing job of abstaining from the usual: no courtrooms, no operating rooms, no interrogation rooms.