Smash has done it again (no, not in the ratings, let’s forget about those for a minute) —we’re talking about using songs that sound pretty familiar — mainly because they’ve been on a different musical TV show, Glee, as recently as the current season.
During its two-hour premiere Tuesday night, Ivy (Megan Hilty) covered Crowded House’s 1986 hit “Don’t Dream It’s Over” as a faraway-look-in-her-eye ballad of resilience. Except that Glee already covered the song, as a cheer-us-up chorus of resilience — and beanies.
This isn’t all that surprising: Before Smash’s debut in 2011, producer Craig Zadan said at NBC Press Tour, “I don’t think any of us feel our show is like Glee, but we feel grateful to Glee for opening that door,” — creating space for more TV musical shows. Last night’s episode certainly isn’t the first time Smash has followed in Glee‘s footsteps: In the pilot, Smash had Karen (Katherine McPhee) singing “Beautiful,” which Mercedes (Amber Riley) sang on Glee all the way back in season 1.
But there’s more! “Over the Rainbow” and “Shake It Out” have been covered by both shows. Perhaps the overlap in last night’s episode was only all the more striking since Smash has prided itself leading up to last night’s season premiere on a second-season renaissance with a new showrunner and some major cast changes.