It's not been an easy road for "Smash." The beleaguered NBC show, once seen as the Peacock network's great big hope, never quite lived up to the promise of its exceptional pilot. After some shuffling behind the scenes between Seasons 1 and 2, its return this spring failed to ignite any spark, prompting NBC to banish the show to Saturday nights, seemingly sealing its fate.But could there still be hope for "Smash"? On Wednesday (April 24), NBC revealed that the two-hour season finale (yes, they're still calling it a season finale) would take place not in the Saturday graveyard, but on Sunday, May 26.Now, the scheduling switcheroo could be viewed in one of two ways. If you're a glass-half-full sort of person, this could be seen as a last ditch effort by the network to drum up interest (and viewers) for a series they've been passionate about. On the flip side (and the more likely... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/04/smash-moves-to-sunday-for-season-finale-glimmer-of-hope-for-the-nbc-series.html
Smash season 2 Episode 12 "Opening Night" airs Saturday April 20 on NBC (9-11:00 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis: Smash Season 2 Episode 12 "Opening Night" – It’s "Bombshell’s" opening night. As Ivy’s (Megan Hilty) nerves get the better of her, support comes from an unlikely source. Meanwhile, Tom (Christian Borle) and Julia (Debra Messing) look to their next project. "Bombshell’s" success may be in jeopardy as Eileen’s (Anjelica Huston) issues with Richard (guest star Jamey Sheridan) come to a head. Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) finally opens up to Karen (Katharine McPhee) about his past, but is it too little too late? Jack Davenport, Krysta Rodriguez and Andy Mientus also star. Rosie O’Donnell, Bernadette Peters, Jesse L. Martin and Jamey Sheridan guest star. READ MORE...
Smash returns to the Saturday at 9PM timeslot. Read More... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Tvbythenumbers/~3/BU0PYKTYLCQ/
" Smash " saved one of its biggest guest stars for its premiere in its not-so-coveted Saturday night time slot. After alienating Ivy by hiring her mother for "Bombshell," Tom tried to make it up for her by writing her a birthday song. And he brought in one of Ivy's idols, Liza Minnelli, to sing it for her . Read More... http://feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/BjIp3FdlC1g/smash-liza-minnelli-saturday-video_n_3035411.html
" Smash " bombed in the ratings in its first Saturday outing. NBC's musical drama was shipped off to Saturday nights to finish Season 2 after struggling to grab an audience on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET . The Saturday, April 6 episode titled "The Surprise Party" had 1.9 million viewers and a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic . The episode featured Liza Minnelli singing an original song. Read More... http://feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/9XNdinyNl8s/smash-saturday-ratings_n_3033125.html
Smash season 2 Episode 9 "The Parents" airs Tuesday April 2 on NBC (9-11:00 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis: Smash Season 2 Episode 9 "The Parents" – After Leigh Conroy (guest star Bernadette Peters) joins the cast of "Bombshell," Tom (Christian Borle) finds himself struggling to diffuse the years of tension between her and Ivy (Megan Hilty). Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) and Karen’s (Katharine McPhee) connection is threatened by both Ana’s (Krysta Rodriguez) newfound success and an unexpected visitor. Derek (Jack Davenport) learns more about Jimmy’s past just as the public sees their first piece of "Hit List." Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Andy Mientus also star. Jesse L. Martin and Bernadette Peters guest star. READ MORE...
Smash season 2 Episode 8 "The Bells and Whistles" airs Tuesday March 26 on NBC (9-11:00 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis: Smash Season 2 Episode 8 "The Bells and Whistles" – When Ivy (Megan Hilty) brings Sam (Leslie Odom, Jr.), back to town, Tom (Christian Borle) finds himself in an awkward situation. Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) and Derek (Jack Davenport) clash over their vision for "Hit List," while both Ana (Krysta Rodriguez) and Karen (Katharine McPhee) struggle to stand up for what they want. Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston and Andy Mientus also star. Jesse L. Martin, Jamey Sheridan and Daphne Rubin-Vega guest star. READ MORE...
Debra Messing has landed the lead in an untitled CBS comedy pilot essentially confirming what the entire TV industry already knows: NBC's "Smash" is dead.Messing will star as a fortysomething mother of three who can't stop telling lies -- big lies and little lies -- to balance her hectic life, relationships and responsibilities. The concept is based on an Israeli series and the American version will be overseen by Emmy-nominated "Sex and the City" writers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky, who also worked on "Smash."The show marks a return to half-hour comedy for Messing, who won an Emmy for "Will & Grace" in 2003 before going on to headline USA's miniseries-turned-series "The Starter Wife."Meanwhile, NBC's "Smash" will air two more episodes in its Tuesday timeslot before being exiled to Saturday nights to finish off a disastrously low-rated Season 2. Season-to-date "Smash" is averaging 3.36 million viewers and a 0.9 in the 18-49 demo.Messing's role on... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/03/debra-messings-cbs-pilot-is-more-bad-news-for-smash.html
Scripted cable dramas and reality shows are frequently beating broadcast network primetime programming this season. Last night, a cable news program managed to outperform much of NBC's primetime line up in Total Viewers. More people tuned into FNC's The O'Reilly Factor (2.92 million P2+) than Go On (2.87 million P2+), The New Normal (2.11 million [...] http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Tvbythenumbers/~3/T513IzH4eRY/
Zap2it: You have done eight shows on Broadway, so how realistic is "Smash" as far as the behind-the-scenes action?Christian Borle: It is pretty real. The stakes are accurate; the passion everyone has for it is dead-on. And what is exciting about this season, the reboot of it, there is so much more focus on musicals. The details are great. And I was so happy to see in the script something so specific to the gypsy robe ceremony where the person who has been in the ensemble the most times receives the gypsy robe and walks in a counterclockwise circle around the stage. It has patches from every show that season. They are usually big patches like a quilted version of the show poster.Zap2it: How does the second season feel different?Christian Borle: My hair is different; let's start there. My hair is totally different. I think there is still, given the backdrop and the dedication to... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/03/smash-christian-borle-my-hair-is-totally-different-in-season-2.html