SMASH Season 2 Finale With Katharine McPhee Airs On NBC On Sunday, May 26th.

20130525-104512.jpgPicture Courtesy Of NBC And Jack Davenport’s Facebook Page

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.

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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.

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

One Response to “SMASH Season 2 Finale With Katharine McPhee Airs On NBC On Sunday, May 26th.”

  1. I also wish the network had invested more in the show. My goodness, look at some of the top notch stars they had. Yes, the writing got sloppy but I still loved most of the characters. I kept hoping Karen would find a good guy. The best part was having a peek at what might happen in the production of a Broadway show. I loved the musical numbers!

    Too bad another station didn’t pick it up. I was so hopeful for at least one more season! Also, another show, “Touch” got cancelled. I hope “American Idol” is safe for a few more seasons!


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