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Smash: NBC Drama Officially Cancelled Now

Smash canceled by NBCNBC has confirmed that their musical drama Smash has been officially cancelled. There won’t be a third season.

The news certainly doesn’t come as a surprise. Everyone but the most optimistic viewers assumed that the series was already done.

Smash premiered very well last season when it followed The Voice. Despite the strong lead-in, the ratings declined as the first season wore on.

NBC renewed it anyway with an order for 18 installments. They no doubt regretted that move when season two debuted to poor numbers. The ratings got worse and they chose to burn off the remaining episodes on Saturday nights, rather than simply pull the show off the air.

The last two episodes of Smash are scheduled to air on Sunday, May 26th. Hopefully the producers saw the writing on the wall soon enough and wrapped up the ongoing storylines.

What do you think? Did you like Smash? Are you sorry that the series was cancelled?

 

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Terry May 13, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Great show. Enjoy every moment, it was just getting meaty. I agree why do we have to be sujected to all these dumb reality TV show. We the viewer again have no say in what we want to watch. I much rather watch Smash than Hannibal.

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K May 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm

So sorry to see it end. Loved the program, great talent and awesome story line. Kept me on the edge of my seat. Please keep it!!

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kathleen hyer May 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm

I love broadway shows and this gave me something that I have missed since moving from New York to Abingdon,Virginia. I think if the show was put in another time slot it would have had a better chance. The singers were great just like broadway

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Steve May 13, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Any chance of it being picked up by a cable network? Or is the budget too high for that?

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Robin May 13, 2013 at 11:55 am

A real shame. Very disappointed. Music was fantastic and fresh. I hope another broadcasting company is smart enough to snap it up.

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Broadway Fan May 13, 2013 at 11:21 am

Smash cancelled? Big mistake. Huge. Poor decisions like this explains why NBC can’t pull themselves up in the network ratings war. For those of us in the NYC area, Broadway is within reach. But, for the rest of the country, this show gave others…actually us, too…not only an opportunity to experience Broadway, but a chance to learn about the inner workings of Broadway from conception to reality. Any actor worth their salt will tell you that Broadway is the true pinnacle of an actor’s career. Smash has it all and moving it to Saturday night was it’s death knell. It is my absolute favorite show and I am truly sad that I won’t be able to view such unbelievable talent and spectacular production numbers next season. Shame on you NBC!

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lily May 13, 2013 at 10:46 am

I love Smash! I was very disappointed when you moved it to Saturday night. You have a winner here. You just don’t know it! And you never will If you don’t bring Smash back!!!

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Rygrourl May 13, 2013 at 4:21 am

Well, of *course* it was canceled by NBC executives (the dumb fools)! It had terrific music and production numbers, interesting and complex characters. a convoluted plot … so how could it NOT be canceled on what passes for TV these days??

After all, it didn’t have explosions, car races, mobsters, fake “competitions” or any of the many other ridiculous things that the “coveted 18-49 demographic” looks for in their entertainment, so how could it possibly be allowed to stay around to entertain the rest of us?

“Cajun Hand Fishing”, anyone?

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Anonymous May 13, 2013 at 3:26 am

I liked SMASH.
Sorry it’s been cancelled.
I guess I’ll be watching even less TV now than before!

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Clare May 13, 2013 at 3:21 am

I am very upset that Smash is being canceled! It’s got to be the best show NBC had to offer this season. Having had the dream all theater majors had of being on Broadway, Smash gave an inside look at the work that goes into productions. The music and the choreography has been fantastic! The story lines were credible and relevant as well.
It was refreshing not to have another 1/2 hour sit com or another cop show.
PLEASE rethink this, NBC!! You certainly don’t know your viewers as well as you think you do!!

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Kurtis May 13, 2013 at 2:58 am

Of course NBC cancels Smash! I Love the show, and everytime I love a show they cancel it! They cancelled “Harry’s Law” last year and it had great ratings and critical acclaim!! A stellar cast like “Smash” is very hard to find on tv shows and it really makes me doubt the value of watching network tv when they cancel all the shows I love! Boo NBC…
I will miss “Smash” a truly unique show in a land of cop and medical shows…

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Richard Buono-Conrad May 13, 2013 at 2:15 am

Shame on NBC for takeing this great show off the air all the good shows get taken off the air .. they need to learn how to market there I think NBC should look at there marketing team and learn how to promo a show. It was not getting bad ratings because the show was not good. I do not beleave that. everyone that I know that watched this show loved it. it was because they did not market this GEM of a show right.. SHAME ON NBC’s MARKETING DEPT!!!!

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Nancy May 13, 2013 at 2:06 am

I’m sorry SMASH is cancelled. I loved it.

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MJC May 13, 2013 at 1:48 am

I really enjoyed this show, especially the quality talent, original music, etc. I only wish that “Bombshell” would become a real broadway show. They already have the cast and most of the songs written.

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steve May 13, 2013 at 12:29 am

It is increasingly clear to me, the viewer, that I have no say or influence as to what gets put on TV anymore. How else to explain such silliness as TMZ or the Kardashians? The fate of television is firmly in the hands of the Architect, whoever they or him or her is. This entity does as they wish without regard for ratings or quality or even presentation; how else to explain the continual bombardment of promos and logos during the program segments? The video kids of years ago have grown up and taken over television, turning it into some weak-minded senseless medium. Where is the referee?

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