When it comes to “Smash,” do you want the good news or the bad news first?
Since we think the good outweighs the bad on this occasion, that’s how we are going to start this off — the show is coming back for a second season! NBC made it official on Thursday, but this is hardly a surprise for anyone who has been following the ratings. It’s the only new drama series on the network to average above a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic, and it also attracts some of the wealthier viewers out of anything the network airs. (Never underestimate the value of rich people who could buy your products.)
Now, the bad news. In news first reported by Deadline, showrunner Theresa Rebeck is not going to be returning in the same capacity moving forward. The playwright (who is actually the basis for Julia’s character in some — but not all — ways) is still going to serve as an executive producer on the show, and will write some select season 2 episodes.
Overall, this news is welcome for fans of the musical genre, and hopefully the renewal gives producers the time to actually sit back and assess what worked and what didn’t from season 1. While we enjoyed the music and the production aspect of Broadway, the personal stories of many characters (see: Julia) have made them so unlikable that we don’t know how they can be redeemed. We also still don’t root for Karen as much as we would like to.
What’s your reaction to the show being renewed?