Well I can't say I'm all that surprised. It's official: NBC has canceled Smash, the musical drama starring American Idol finalist Katharine McPhee, Will and Grace's Debra Messing, Megan Hilty, and Anjelica Huston, among others. The show, whose ratings proved disastrous in its second season, will finish out its second season at the Saturday 9 p.m. timeslot.
Ugh. Just because I'm not surprised doesn't mean I'm happy about all of this. I was so drawn to McPhee's character Karen, her innocence, and that voice. I loved Jimmy's storyline and the amazing music that he created. And most of all, I loved that Smash was an adult-version of Glee (in a way) that I had no shame in confessing my adoration for.
Compared to half of the garbage on TV, I'm just disappointed that this is the kind of show that can't make it.
Let's take a moment to think of some of the shows on TV right now that have crazy followings, shall we? Think Teen Mom. Think Real Housewives. Think almost every show Bravo has ever aired. These are all reality shows that are making examples out of questionable individuals.
Personally, I felt like Smash had something different and special to offer. Smash had some substance. I think that the show has an interesting story line that viewers could really sink their teeth into. Now, it joins the NBC graveyard with so many other shows with great possibility: Guys With Kids, The New Normal, Whitney, Up All Night. All of them, signed off for good.
I have to wonder ... soon, with its low-budget and addictive nature, is reality TV all we'll have left?
Were you a fan of Smash? What shows were you sad to see leave TV this year?
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