We recently previewed NBC’s much anticipated mid-season show, Smash, and now it looks like you won’t have to wait for its official February 6 debut to find out if the hype is legit: The network is making the full pilot episode available online!

Smash is the behind-the-scenes story of a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. The New York-centric show plays out from both the standpoint of the creative team (with Debra Messing as the songwriter and Angelica Huston as the producer) and the actresses vying for the coveted lead (Broadway’s Megan Hilty and American Idol finalist Katharine McPhee).

The pilot, which cost nearly $8 million, was produced by Steven Spielberg with original musical numbers provided by Marc Shaiman (Hairspray) and his creative/life partner Scott Wittman. NBC’s president of programming Robert Greenblatt, the first openly gay network president, is betting on the series to help revive the fortunes of the third-place network.

Is this Glee-influenced song-and-dancer the one to do it? Sing out your reviews in the comments section below.

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