Fast National ratings for Sunday, May 26, 2013A prime-time NASCAR race carried FOX to a ratings win on an otherwise very quiet Sunday before Memorial Day. NBC's "Smash," meanwhile, scored very modest numbers for its series finale.FOX drew 6.9 million viewers and a 4.2 rating/8 share in households in primetime, pending updates for the live NASCAR telecast. CBS (4.45 million, 3.1/6) came in second. ABC (3 million, 1.8/3) edged NBC (2.4 million, 1.6/3) for third place.FOX was the only network to make any kind of impression in the 18-49 demographic, finishing with a 1.8 rating. ABC posted a 0.6, and CBS and NBC tied for third at 0.5.Sunday hour by hour:7 p.m.FOX: NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 (6.8 million viewers, 4.1/8 households)CBS: "60 Minutes" (5.6 million, 3.9/8)ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" rerun (4 million, 2.4/5)NBC: "The Voice" rerun (2.1 million, 1.4/3)18-49 leader: Coca-Cola 600 (1.8)8 p.m.FOX: Coca-Cola 600 (7.2 million, 4.4/8)CBS: "NCIS: Los Angeles" rerun (4.5 million,... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/05/tv-ratings-smash-bows-out-quietly-as-fox-leads-sunday-with-nascar.html
After two seasons, the curtain has closed on NBC's ambitious musical "Smash," marking the end of an attempt to reboot the series under new executive producer Joshua Safran ("Gossip Girl"), who replaced series creator Theresa Rebeck. EW talked to Safran about the surprising finale, what season 3 would have looked like, and Rebeck's criticism of his "Smash." Read More... http://feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/dpfvIr3S74E/smash-season-3-josh-safran_n_3343528.html
*Smash series finale spoilers ahead!* Smash has been smushed. Season 2 just ended with the Marilyn Monroe musical winning Tony awards for Ivy (Megan Hilty), Tom (Christian Borle) and Julia (Debra Messing). Entertainment Weekly talked to executive producer Joshua Safran about what he would’ve done for Season 3. For example, at the end of Season 2, an agent comes over to Karen (Katharine McPhee)and says, “I know you didn’t win tonight, but I want to tell you I think you’re incredible and I don... http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/5-kbKl_rToc/2013-05-27-smash-ends-heres-what-wouldve
The "Smash" series finale ended with a big musical number. The troubled NBC musical drama ended its run on TV with a musical number performed by Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty. The song, "Big Finish," was written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and Hilty said she was pleased with it and the series finale . Read More... http://feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/G8rexeG55Sc/smash-series-finale-nbc_n_3342001.html
Smash season 2 Episode 16 & 17 "The Nominations; The Tonys" airs Sunday May 26 on NBC (9-11:00 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis: Smash Season 2 Episode 16 & 17 "The Nominations; The Tonys" – It’s a crucial moment for both shows as Tony nominations loom, but keeping your eye on the prize can be hard. As Tom (Christian Borle) crosses an influential Tony voter and Ivy (Megan Hilty) copes with some very distracting news, Derek’s (Jack Davenport) past has repercussions for the entire "Hit List" team. On Tony night, the awards might not provide the answers everyone is looking for. As Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) faces a final reckoning, Tom, Julia (Debra Messing), Derek (Jack Davenport), Karen (Katharine McPhee), Ivy, and most of all, Eileen (Anjelica Huston) wait to see if the ceremony will confirm their place in the Broadway pantheon once and for all. Rosie O’Donnell, Cheyenne Jackson, Ron Rifkin, and Bernadette Peters guest star. READ MORE...
"Congratulations! You're pregnant."That bombshell -- as it were -- ended the next-to-last episode of NBC's "Smash," and it sends Broadway star Ivy Lynn into Sunday's (May 26) two-hour finale with very conflicted emotions. As played by actual Great White Way veteran Megan Hilty, Ivy has become the toast of New York as Marilyn Monroe in the musical "Bombshell," but the unexpected news from her doctor is among the things she must deal with before the series' final curtain comes down."I'll be in Hawaii" watching the finale's broadcast, a cheerful Hilty tells Zap2it. "I'm going to go to the bar with my boyfriend and all my friends, and we'll watch it at the resort." That will follow the stint Hilty had Thursday (May 23) and Friday (May 24) with the Boston Pops at the city's Symphony Hall, certainly including show tunes in the program.Hilty says she had fair warning about Ivy's surprising doctor's phone call, regarding... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/05/smash-series-finale-megan-hilty-doesnt-want-a-lot-of-hate-mail.html
Smash season 2 Episode 15 "The Transfer" airs Saturday May 11 on NBC (8-9:00 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis: Smash Season 2 Episode 15 "The Transfer" – With his sights set on the Tony, Tom (Christian Borle) pulls out all the stops at a Houston & Levitt tribute night, but can Julia (Debra Messing) turn away from "Hit List" long enough to help? Ivy (Megan Hilty) is afraid of damaging her reputation when Tom asks her to perform a risqué number. The cast of "Hit List" is rocked by a betrayal close to home. Anjelica Huston, Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee, Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez also star. READ MORE...
The fat lady has sung: "Smash" will go dark after a troubled two-season run on NBC.The network officially confirmed that the musical drama would not return for a third season on Friday (May 10), though the announcement was hardly a surprise: The show was shifted to Saturdays to finish out its second season after returning to disappointing ratings and star Debra Messing sought other work, landing a pilot at CBS.NBC will move "Smash" out of its Saturday death-slot to wrap up with a two-hour series finale on Sunday, May 26 at 9 p.m., a scheduling choice that had been made prior to the show's official cancellation. Are you disappointed that NBC has silenced "Smash"?... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/05/smash-season-3-a-no-go---nbc-cancels-the-troubled-show-after-two-seasons.html
Smash season 2 Episode 14 "The Phenomenon " airs Saturday May 4 on NBC (8-9:00 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis: Smash Season 2 Episode 14 "The Phenomenon" – An unexpected event bonds both "Bombshell" and "Hit List." Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, Jack Davenport, Christian Borle, Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty, Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Andy Mientus star. Bernadette Peters and Jesse L. Martin guest star. READ MORE...
"Smash" is pretty much a dead series airing on NBC these days, but even shows on life support can still surprise viewers. And "Smash" may have done that this week with the death of Andy Mientus' character Kyle, the co-writer of this season's new musical "Hit List."Last week's episode climaxed with a dramatic montage of Mientus singing Jeff Buckley's "Last Goodbye" -- intended as a farewell to his friend and creative partner Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) -- and ended on a shocking cliffhanger when Kyle was struck by a car. (While singing! Never change, "Smash"!)What could have been a prolonged drama -- or simply a brush with death meant to ultimately reunite Kyle and Jimmy -- instead was abruptly resolved in "The Phenomenon": Kyle died.And instead of reuniting Kyle and Jimmy, Kyle's death helped patch up the damage between Jimmy and Karen (Katharine McPhee), while reminding Tom (Christian Borle) that his friendship with Julia (Debra Messing)... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/05/smash-did-kyle-die-or-survive-in-the-phenomenon.html