Breaking News: NBC Cancels SMASH, Starring Megan Hilty, Christian Borle, Katharine McPhee and More, After Just 2 Seasons
According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has officially dropped SMASH after two seasons. The series moved to Saturdays this March, and the show's wide fanbase was unable to boost the numbers. SMASH finishes averaging around 3 million total viewers.
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The final episode of NBC's SMASH's sophomore season, which was crafted as the "series finale", is titled 'The Tonys'. The teams of Bombshell and Hit List head to Broadway's biggest night. From the look of delight on the faces of songwriting partners Julia (Debra Messing) and Tom (Christian Borle) it looks like a huge night for their Marilyn Monroe-themed musical.
The episode will include cameo appearances by Rosie O'Donnell (Grease), Cheyenne Jackson (Xanadu), Ron Rifkin (Cabaret), Christine Ebersole (Grey Gardens), Lillias White (The Life), Marin Mazzie (Spamalot) and choreographer-director Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes). Also returning will be Broadway legend Bernadette Peters, reprising her role as Ivy's mother.
In Season 2, the "Bombshell" team is one step closer to achieving their Broadway dream. The Boston run was the success the team was hoping for, including producer Eileen Rand (Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston, "Prizzi's Honor"), writers Tom Levitt (Tony Award winner Christian Borle, "Peter and the Starcatcher") and Julia Houston (Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, "Will & Grace"), last-minute star Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee, "American Idol") and director Derek Wills (Jack Davenport, "Pirates of the Caribbean").
As they all scramble to push forward, one of the show's players finds Brooklyn natives Jimmy Collins (Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan, "Newsies") and Kyle Bishop (Andy Mientus, "Carrie: The Musical") toiling away on a current-day rock musical of their own, which could either become "Bombshell's" biggest rival, or yet one more Broadway false start.
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