It’s official. NBC has cancelled Smash after two seasons. The musical drama, detailing life on the Great White Way, has struggled from the beginning. After debuting in January 2012 with tons of buzz, the initial rave reviews didn’t last long.
While critics loved the pilot, the writing quickly unravelled, resulting in rounds of mocking on websites and social media. Ridiculous plot twists, terrible wardrobe choices and horrible acting turned the once must see show into an object of hate watching.
A season 2 reboot saw series creator, Theresa Rebeck, replaced as showrunner with Gossip Girl guy, Josh Safran. There were some big cast changes, and a new storylines that included more musical productions with intersecting storylines. But it was all to no avail. The show did reasonably well ratings-wise in Season 1, when it had The Voice as a lead in. But when it returned in January 2013 on Tuesday nights, the numbers tanked, and NBC eventually decided to burn off shows with a move to Saturday nights.
Smash was a great idea on paper, with lots of wonderful talent such as Christian Borle, Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee involved, but once it got off on the wrong foot, there was no righting the ship.
Remaining episodes will air through May, with a 2 hour finale airing on Sunday, May 26. I’ll continue to put up posts here for those who are still watching.