Well television becomes really boring when you figure out the answer to their dilemma way before they do. I predict Ivy as Marilyn and Karen as Norma Jean. What else is going to happen on this show? I already knew that Karen was going to get stuck at rehearsal and miss the dinner for her boyfriend. Usually when you become successful, your personal life goes to the downhill. Well see how the Smash writers play out this trite storyline.
Nothing is really that intriguing. Even the son has a stupid story line, as the stupid teenager who wants his sibling to be saved from China. (I must note that Ryan McGee and Maureen Ryan pointed this out in their podcast last week.) I don't know if this is imaginative and character driven story telling or even if this show has legs. Sometimes series have bumpy first seasons before they find their footing. Or they have spectacular first seasons and go nowhere (i.e. Commander in Chief or even Glee).
I do find Ivy compelling and talented. What happens to her character may be the only reason why I continue to watch the show. (I typed that before she slept with the director, so definitely not now.)
I must say the original musical numbers are surprisingly enjoyable and deserve praise I just wish the show was less predictable and overt. Even though Ivy won the role for right now, I don't think that's the last we'll see of Karen as a Marilyn option.