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Q&A: 'Smash' stars can really sing

'Smash' cast really can sing

In the TV show Smash, are the singers really singing?

Yes, the singers are really singing in the new NBC series Smash, which follows a group of people trying to put together a Broadway musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe.

An NBC spokeswoman said those who sing on the show, including Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty and Will Chase, record the songs at a recording studio before filming each episode.

She said the music needs to be prerecorded and mixed for sound quality purposes. And, of course, for commercial reasons: The songs are released on iTunes each week.

'House of Cards' Emmy eligible

The Netflix series House of Cards (starring Kevin Spacey) is to start filming this spring in Baltimore. Since it is not broadcast on TV, is it excluded from Emmy nominations, etc.?

House of Cards will be eligible for the Emmys, according to John Leverence, Emmys senior vice president of awards. The Emmys made broadband programming eligible in 2006 so Netflix can submit its first Web-only series, Lilyhammer. Shows must have a certain duration to avoid being entered as a short, and they must have at least six episodes. Both Lilyhammer and House of Cards are eligible on both counts.

'Harry's Law' returns in new slot

What happened to Kathy Bates' legal clinic-shoe store show? It used to be on at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, was doing well, was switched to Saturday night and disappeared. Was it canceled?

Harry's Law has been on hiatus. It returns to NBC on March 11 in a new time slot, 8 p.m. Sundays.

'CSI: NY' is back March 30

What happened to CSI: NY? I can't find it anywhere in my TV listings.

The CBS series starring Gary Sinise and Sela Ward has been on hiatus. It returns March 30.

'Bones' break is over soon

Please tell me what happened to Bones.

The Fox forensic crime series is on hiatus, partly because of a production break taken after co-star Emily Deschanel gave birth to a son last fall, and to open a time slot for trying out The Finder, a spinoff of Bones. Deschanel's character, Temperance Brennan, has also been pregnant; she and partner/baby-daddy Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) will still be awaiting their child's arrival when the series resumes on Fox on April 5.

'Man Up' gets the boot

What happened to my new favorite sitcom, Man Up?

You apparently were one of the few fans of the show about three guys trying to figure out what being a real man means. ABC dropped it after eight episodes. The five remaining installments are on

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