NBC debuts pilot for “Smash” on YouTube prior to TV airing

If you can’t wait until Feb. 6 to catch the debut of NBC’s new series Smash, a drama that follows the lives of a cross-section of Broadway types looking to bring a musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe to the stage, you can watch it on YouTube. NBC has recently uploaded it, perhaps to build buzz, perhaps to thwart pirates. Either way, it’s a good chance to check out the show, which I found enjoyable in the episodes I’ve seen (and I’m not a Glee fan), though at this point I find it hard to see how it will sustain as a long-running series. The songs and musical numbers are impressive, with the editing of a few numbers having been personally overseen by executive producer Steven Spielberg himself.