'Smash' Golden Globe Nomination: NBC Musical Goes Up Against Big Comedies

'Smash' Will Battle 'Modern Family' At The Globes

"Smash" is up for a Golden Globe against some very stiff -- and very funny -- competition. The NBC musical was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Musical or Comedy Series category, pitting it against the likes of "Modern Family" and "The Big Bang Theory."

"Episodes" and "Girls" were also nominated for the Best Comedy or Musical for the 2013 Golden Globes. "Modern Family" took home the award in 2012. "Smash," which is a drama," fell into the category because of its musical elements. However, Connie Britton, the star of ABC's country musical "Nashville," received a nomination for Best Actress in a Drama instead of in the musical or comedy category.

"Everyone who is involved with 'Smash,' whether on the outskirts or at the epicenter, is thrilled and dancing in the aisles this morning on this wonderful news," Steven Spielberg, executive producer of "Smash," said in a statement.

Series stars Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee also issued statements. "I'm absolutely thrilled to be in such wonderful company and to be honored by the HFPA," McPhee said.

"Seeing our show in that company is thrilling and amazing," Hilty said.

This is just the latest big award "Smash" has been nominated for. The show received a Grammy nomination for its song "Let Me Be Your Star." The song, written by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman and performed by Katharine McPhee (Karen Cartwright) and Megan Hilty (Ivy Lynn), was nominated for Best Song Written For Visual Media category.

"It is wonderful to be recognized for our work on 'Smash,' but there is no doubt that without the thrilling performances of Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty, our song is just a bunch of words and notes," Shaiman and Wittman said in a statement to HuffPost TV about their Grammy nomination. "We are lucky guys."

"Smash" debuted to rave reviews in February 2012, however the tide quickly turned as many viewers and critics began "hate-watching" the series.

"Smash" returns to NBC on Tuesday, February 5 with a two-hour premiere starting at 9 p.m. EST.

NBC will air the 2013 Golden Globes Awards on Sunday, January 13 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. "30 Rock" star Tina Fey and "Parks and Recreation's" Amy Poehler will host the ceremony.

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