I am so sad here. What happened to this show and why did it not succeed?
Everyone I spoke to loves it. Yes, the writing could have been better and a select few of the characters were not riveting to watch, but, honestly, the show’s premise and vision were really, really great.
So, how does a show on a major network, with overall stellar casting and a storyline built around the artistic struggles on Broadway AND produced by the legendary Steven Spielberg , get it so wrong? How?
Programming – that’s how! Why was this show originally slated for 10:00 P.M. on a Tuesday evening? Like the rest of the world, this is my time to unwind with a good book or call it a night – perhaps catch the news and then close my eyes for the night.
Everyone and their uncle know that 9:00 P.M. is golden. People are home from work, have eaten, extra-curricular activities for the day are over, the kiddies are in bed etc. and so a nice relaxing hour of television at 9:00 is perfect. That’s why all the reality shows are on then and, if they do start at 8:00, leave their best acts for Prime Time Nine!
By 10:00, people have already committed to something else, be it a movie, a documentary or a book.
Then, the MOVE. Smash was moved mid-season to Saturday and, to make matters worse, kept changing the time. What a mess! There was little to no network investment in this show.
Finally, the writing! Heaven help me – could the plots become even more confusing? Main characters were switching Broadway shows or working on both. Who could keep track?
Go into the kitchen to grab a glass of water and the next thing you know Debra Messing, who plays a writer on this show, is involved in another musical. Ditto for Jack Davenport’s character and many of the others.
It made no sense, even though part of me suspects that the Broadway experience can be very tumultuous. However, it did not translate well to screen. It just became very confusing, like the writers were running out of ideas.
Also, the merry-go-round Marilyn role, ridden by talented Megan Hilty, and Katharine McPhee was just ridiculous.
I am a huge fan of Katharine McPhee and I know that she will continue to do very well without this show. If anything, Smash has tremendously boosted her profile and her success will continue to rise and gain momentum. Ditto for many of the others, especially Megan Hilty and Jack Davenport.
How do you all feel? We’re you a regular viewer of this show? Who were your favorite characters?
Enjoy the Finale everyone. I expect it to be gangbusters with mega production numbers.