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Wow – what a year it’s been. You know a TV year has been great when it’s hard to select just ten terrific shows for an end of the year list. I could easily have added The Americans, The Following, Modern Family and Mr Selfridge to this list. But in the end here’s my 10 faves of the year…
And nope I don’t watch Breaking Bad. I think that one’s had more than its fair share of coverage already!
It started out with so much hype and hoopla. And yet this week, less than 18 months after its launch, the lights will finally dim for Smash, a show that NBC once viewed as their next big thing.
I’ve written about Smash a few times here at Remote Patrolled and it’s no secret that I’m sad to see the show come to an end. Smash had its issues but then most shows do – especially when they’re trying to break new ground. If the alternative is CBS style slop like NCIS that pulls in 20 million viewers a week, give me an ambitious failure any day.
While I’m disappointed that Smash is ending, I’m happy that it’s at least finishing in the right way. The story of Bombshell, the show’s main musical, is coming to at an end, as is the second show of the series, Hit List. The main characters’ stories have all been largely wrapped up. If Smash had run for a third season it would likely have had to start with an almost new slate of storylines. This is a good time to end the show.
You know how sometimes you watch a show and it’s so darn good – and yet the ratings are so bad you just know it’s heading for cancelation… and you wonder – ‘why the heck aren’t more people watching this thing?’
Yep, that’s how I’m feeling about NBC’s Smash this season, which while creatively on a roll is pulling in some truly horrible numbers on Tuesdays at 10pm.
After some well documented story issues in Season 1 – peanut poisoning, adoption plotlines, excessive scarves – Smash has definitely found its feet this year. Now we’re not just following the Bombshell musical on its rocky road to Broadway, but two additional productions – an update of Dangerous Liaisons and a Rent-style off-Broadway piece called Hit List. Meanwhile we also have Broadway star Veronica Moore (Jennifer Hudson), staging her own one-woman showcase.
We’ve been waiting a long time for this one… and here it is. 4 minutes of Smash season 2 – in one very glossy trailer!
When we last left the Smash cast it was the out of town opening night of the Bombshell musical. Karen had successfully played the role of Marilyn despite Ivy’s last minute attempt to derail her by revealing she slept with her boyfriend Dev. Meanwhile the universally loathed Ellis was fired for poisoning Rebecca, Julia’s marriage was still looking rocky and Ivy was contemplating suicide…
So what’s up this season? Well NBC are clearly pushing hard on their biggest casting coup – landing Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson as a Tony winning Broadway star. Hudson’s only signed for a 4 episode arc at the moment but I have a feeling she may be back for more episodes down the line. Also joining the cast – Will and Grace’s Sean Hayes (it’s a Jack and Grace reunion), Law And Order’s Jesse L. Martin and Liza Minnelli playing herself in a guest appearance.
It’s almost the end of the run for Smash, the heavily hyped drama series set behind the scenes of a Broadway musical – and you can almost hear the sighs of relief over at NBC!
A few weeks ago Smash was renewed for a second season, a move some thought premature. And they might be right. Since its launch in January, Smash has gradually lost viewers week after week, and is now in the danger zone of around 6 million viewers an episode (and a 1.8 18-49 share). For NBC that’s just about okay. Any other network and the show would be toast!
However it’s not just the Smash ratings that are likely a cause of concern for NBC – creatively they’ve probably been a little worried too. I’m a big Smash fan, but even I have to concede the show is all over the shop at times and needs a good shake up for Season 2. That’s probably why the series’ original show runner Theresa Rebeck is out, replaced by Gossip Girl exec producer Joshua Safran. Doubtless Joshua has a pretty clear idea of what needs to change for the show’s second season… but here’s my list!More >
I haven’t given my thumbs up to a series for quite a while now – simply because there’s not been much this year that’s grabbed my attention.
The River was a disappointing misfire, Are You There Chelsea looked rancid from the get go, and GCB and Awake are still sat on my DVR – but given their disappointing premiere ratings both seem headed for quick cancellations before the season is even out.
But there’s one show over the last few weeks that has definitely grown on me – NBC’s Smash!
When I first caught Smash at the start of February, launched in a blizzard of hype and high hopes for the Peacock network, I thought it was good – but not that great! I instantly hated the dreary Debra Messing adoption storyline and felt like I’d pretty much seen the whole show in the previews – a common problem with premiere episodes. Plus the show had an air of seriousness about it, as though it wanted to stay classy and not indulge in the soapy hijinks that make a show like Revenge such a pleasure!
It was a big night for NBC last night, with The Voice and Smash both officially debuting hot on the heels of Sunday’s record Super Bowl numbers.
I’ll be talking about The Voice down the line – but first up let’s chat about Smash. After months of hype and non-stop adverts (I mean seriously, how much have NBC paid to promote this thing!) did the final product actually deliver? My verdict – kind of…
First up I have to mention that I actually watched Smash last week after downloading the pilot episode on Itunes. So I’ve had a few days to think about the show now. And my overall reaction is that I liked the pilot, but didn’t love it. But then to be honest I think it’s very difficult for a debut show to totally succeed straight out of the gate There’s always so much scene setting and character establishment that needs to be done in the first place. So I always give shows a few episodes to settle in.
Man, has there ever been a network more in need of a hit than NBC?
After a truly terrible 2011 – capped off by flops including Free Agents, The Playboy Club and Prime Suspect – the Peacock network has started 2012 in similarly sorry shape.
The Firm is already a ratings disaster – last week scoring just 3.42 million viewers and a pitiful 0.9 18-49 share – while new comedy Are You There, Chelsea, saw its numbers slide to just 4.21 million in week 2.
NBC desperately needs a hit and it seems like EVERYONE is pinning their hopes on the upcoming Smash – launching Monday 6th February – to be the network’s saving grace.
In case you haven’t heard the hype surrounding Smash, and let’s be honest those adverts have been everywhere, the show centers on the behind the scenes dramas of an upcoming Marilyn Monroe musical. American Idol runner up Katherine McPhee is the budding young star, Angelica Huston is the producer, Will And Grace’s Debra Messing is the lyricist and the whole shebang is produced by the guys behind Hairspray. It is indeed the gayest show ever!
But can one show really turn a whole network around?More >