BWW Asks: Is It Too Late to Save SMASH?

April 16
10:30 2013

BWW Asks: Is It Too Late to Save SMASH?It appears that NBC's gallant attempt to put on a successful musical drama series is destined for failure. Last week in it's new Saturday night time slot, the show delivered its lowest ratings in its two-year history. The episode, titled 'The Dress Rehearsal,' scored .4 in the all-important 18-49 adult demographic and was watched by a mere 1.8 million viewers overall.

But is it worth putting one last-ditch effort into saving the series? Ardent SMASH fans seem to think so and have even created 'Save Smash' and 'Don't Cancel Smash' Facebook pages. But what can be done to breathe one last breath into this entertaining Broadway-themed series?

Here are a few of our own suggestions:

- Instead of the show offering a 'behind the scenes' look at a musical trying to make it to Broadway, SMASH could reveal a 'behind the scenes' look at a show that's already on the Great White Way.

- With great comedic talent such as Emmy award winner Debra Messing and Tony award winner Christian Borle at their disposal, writers should lighten things up and infuse the series with more laughter-inducing moments.

- While viewers love to see such talented stars as Jennifer Hudson, Uma Thurman, Sean Hayes, even legendary star Liza Minnelli visit the show, it's time to focus on the series' core characters.

- Bring back the show's original concept - the competitive aspect of the theater industry. Fans initially loved the rivalry between the two female leads, both vying for the role of Marilyn. (Remember when we used to ask, 'Are you Team Karen or Team Ivy?')

We'd love to hear what you think. Is it too late for SMASH writers and producers to give their struggling musical drama one last chance?


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Caryn Robbins Caryn Robbins is a features editor for BroadwayWorld, and Managing Editor of BWW's TV, Film and Music spin-off sites. Her original musical comedy DEAR PROSPECTIVE STUDENT (follow @DearStudent) has been staged in two NYC theater festivals and was performed as an Equity Staged Reading in New York City in 2015. This June DEAR PROSPECTIVE STUDENT won 'Best Ensemble Show' in Chicago's Premier Premieres Festival. Follow Caryn on Twitter @CarynRobbins
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