'Smash' tries to reintroduce us to Katharine McPhee

intro-mcphee.jpg"And Introducing Katharine McPhee."

Um, come again trailer for NBC's new midseason show "Smash"?

While Katharine McPhee wouldn't qualify as an unknown in our book, she apparently does in NBC's.

In the musical drama starring Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Angelica Huston and Megan Hilty (Who?), McPhee plays an Iowan who lands a successful audition and becomes the favorite for the role of Marilyn Monroe. So yes, her character is an unknown, but McPhee certainly isn't. Come on, she was voted No. 2 on FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in The World of 2007. Girl's been around.

Don't believe us? 1. You're living under a rock and 2. Let us count the ways we know McPhee:

No. 5: "The House Bunny"

McPhee played a pregnant sorority girl in the Anna Faris vehicle that grossed a respectable $68 million at the box office.

No. 4: "Community"

McPhee's appearance on the NBC comedy was intensely promoted by the network. McPhee guest-starred as Pierce's ( Chevy Chase) ex-stepdaughter and Jeff's ( Joel McHale) potential love interest.

No. 3: Music

McPhee's self-titled debut album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and the first single "Over It" was certified gold. In total, she's released three albums. 

No. 2: Neutrogena spokesmodel

McPhee joined the ranks of Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts, Vanessa Hudgens, Kristen Bell and more as a spokesmodel for the skincare company. None of those people are "unknowns" either.

No. 1: "American Idol"


She was the runner-up in Season 5 of the highest rated show on television. Yeah, you could say America knows her pretty well.

Are we taking crazy pills or is McPhee really worthy of "And Introducing" billing?

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