NBC's 'Smash' banished to Saturdays
Starting in April, those still watching "Smash" will have to get used to a new schedule.
NBC's struggling sophomore series, which centers on the creation of a Marilyn Monroe musical, will now air on Saturdays at 9 p.m. as of April 6.
Starring "Idol" alum Katharine McPhee as an aspiring Broadway star, Megan Hilty as McPhee's seasoned competition, Debra Messing and Christian Borle as the creators of the "Marilyn" show and Angelica Huston as a producer, "Smash" went through a spate of changes between season one and season two.
Out went series creator Theresa Rebeck and in came "Gossip Girl" producer Joshua Safran, along with a few notable guest stars, such as Jennifer Hudson.
And yet, "Smash's" ratings have been unremarkable. Its second season premiere was down 71%, and its March 5 episode marked a new low for the series.
Although the network has assured fans that they'll get to see season two of "Smash" in its entirety - all 17 episodes, according to a statement - others are taking this as a sign that the show is close to its end.
"NBC's ambitious effort to turn the creation of a Broadway musical into a television drama essentially ended Wednesday," said the New York Times' Bill Carter. "[S]aturday night is now where networks send failing shows to die."
Although "Smash" is often joked about as the series many viewers like to "hate-watch," it seems there wasn't enough to inspire watching the show at all during season two.
"While Safran and his team gave the show a cosmetic facelift, they failed to address the underlying issues that have plagued 'Smash' since its second episode --- specifically, weak, repetitive storytelling and scenes that are never nearly as captivating as the show's songs," says Entertainment Weekly's Hillary Busis."'Smash's' biggest crime, though, may be its shift away from bold, ambitious ridiculosity. Last year, the show was enjoyably nuts; now it's just mediocre."
Meanwhile, NBC's new reality dating series, "Ready for Love," will be on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. after "The Voice," starting on April 9.
"Whitney" will air its season finale on March 27 at 8 p.m. ET, and "The New Normal" will have its season ender on April 2 at 9 p.m. ET. "Go On" will shift to Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on April 4 and April 11, the latter of which will be that comedy's season finale.
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