It's Curtains Closed for 'Smash'

By Jill Slattery on
It's official: NBC has canceled Smash.The Broadway drama, which launched last year after the Super Bowl amidst deafening buzz and loads of good reviews, returned this winter for it second season to drastically diminished numbers. Smash underwent a drastic creative overhaul in between seasons, firing creator Theresa Rebeck and hiring former Gossip Girl showrunner Josh Safran. Despite the change in leadership, the revamped series failed to catch on with viewers, who abandoned it in droves. NBC...Read Full Story

Better Start Saying Your Goodbyes to 'Smash'

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(NBC)Looks like it's curtains closed for Smash.NBC has moved the ratings-challenged musical drama to Saturday nights at 9/8c, starting April 6. It's a clear sign that the network doesn't want to completely ditch the expensive-to-produce series, but can't let it stay in its prime Tuesday night slot. Smash's sophomore season struggled from the get-go, opening with just 4.5 million total viewers and a 1.1 ratings in the 18-49 demo, down 25 and 39 percent from its Season 1 finale. Since then it...Read Full Story

'Smash' Crashes and Burns in the Ratings

By Jill Slattery on
(Photo courtesy of NBC)Smash is all about the making of a musical called Bombshell, but the second season premiere seems to have been, well, a bomb.Season 2 of the NBC musical drama opened to less than stellar ratings, averaging a series-low average of 4.5 million viewers and a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo across the two-hour premiere. For comparison, Smash's series debut a year ago nabbed 11.4 million viewers (3.8 demo rating), while the freshman finale was watched by 6 million people (1.8...Read Full Story

10 TV Shows That Should Totally Add Puppies

By Jill Slattery on
Hot on the heels of Animal Planet's wildly successful Puppy Bowl — the fourth installment of the special brought in 12.4 million viewers, the highest ratings ever for the franchise — other TV shows have been quick to jump on the puppy bandwagon. Monday night's episode of Conan featured a puppy Conan O'Brien (complete with a red wig), a puppy Andy Richter, and a puppy Ke$ha, who naturally doused the stage in glitter.All this small screen puppy love got us wondering, which other shows could...Read Full Story

TV Tonight: 'Smash' Returns, 'New Girl' Deals with Make Out Fallout

By Jill Slattery on
(NBC, Fox)Tonight on the tube, a retooled Smash returns for its highly-anticipated second season, New Girl deals with the fallout from Nick and Jess' steamy kiss, and Pretty Little Liars tries to lay Ali to rest (again). Here's tonight's noteworthy TV listings.8pmBetty White's 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special | A galaxy of stars celebrate Betty White's 91st birthday in a tribute that includes a performance by Blake Shelton. Appearing: Bill Cosby; Whoopi Goldberg; Sean Hayes; Lily Tomlin; Bill...Read Full Story
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