NBC’s ‘Smash’ season 2 / series finale: How will we remember it?

SmashAfter months of being buried on Saturday nights, NBC is at least giving “Smash” a reprieve (sort of) for its season 2 and series finale: Allowing it to air on a Sunday. Granted, tonight is still in the middle of a three-day weekend, and we’re not sure how many people are going to really even remember to watch it, anyway. Many of the cast members are not saying anything about the episode online, and it’s going out with a whimper.

We don’t really know what else to say about the end of “Smash” (which will be themed around the Tony Awards) expect for the word “sad.” Back when the pilot was being relentlessly promoted all over NBC over a year ago, it felt like this really was going to be the next big thing. The premiere ratings were huge, Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty were coined instant stars, and everyone was talking about the show.

Then, a funny thing happened on the way to episode 2: The show stopped being good, even to the point where it did not make any sense. Characters started acting weird, we had the never-appreciated character of Ellis causing problems, and there we issues behind the scenes that came out through the show.

There have been times in season 2 where Josh Safran and some of the new characters revitalized the show somewhat, and seeing Jennifer Hudson in a musical is always a good thing. Unfortunately, at this point the damage had already been done, and nobody bothered to watch.

We feel right now that the legacy of “Smash” will be of a great idea that failed terribly in the execution, and for networks, we actually hope that they view this as a sign to really make sure that a series has more to it than a really great pilot before promoting the heck out it. We still hope Hilty and McPhee land somewhere, and it is free of some of the drama that has been created here. Debra Messing had booked a new pilot, but it was not ordered to series.

Are you going to miss “Smash,” and how do you think it will be renewed? Be sure to sound off below!

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