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Gets Season Two!!

I am – Hercules!!

On Monday “Smash” hit a series-low rating of 2.2 (in adults 18-49). Today NBC greenlit its second season.

This could be good news for “Community,” which hit a season high of 2.2 last Thursday without benefit of following “The Voice,” NBC’s biggest hit in years.

How it does next to the other Monday shows:

Mondays, Jan. 30-March 19, 2012
(Adults 18-49; repeats in gray; older weeks in parentheses)
4.6 (5.2) (6.2) (5.4) (6.0) (6.0) (6.7)(16.3) The Voice
3.8 (2.1) (2.1) (3.6) (4.2) (3.9) (4.3) (3.0) Two and a Half Men
3.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Dancing/Stars
3.5 (1.9) (2.0) (3.6) (3.8) (3.4) (4.0) (2.5) How/Your Mother
3.5 (2.1) (2.1) (3.8) (4.0) (3.8) (4.3) (2.7) 2 Broke Girls
3.1 (1.9) (1.8) (2.9) (3.4) (3.4) (3.4) (2.3) Mike & Molly
2.5 (1.6) (1.5) (2.5) (2.9) (2.7) (2.7) (1.7) Hawaii Five-0
2.3 (---) (1.4) (2.1) (2.1) (2.0) (2.0) (1.4) Castle
2.2 (2.4) (2.7) (2.3) (2.3) (2.8) (3.8) (---) Smash
2.1 (1.1) (---) (---) (2.4) (2.4) (2.5) (2.9) House
1.7 (1.9) (1.8) (1.8) (1.7) (1.6) (1.9) (2.1) WWE Entertainment
1.6 (1.6) (1.9) (---) (1.8) (1.9) (2.3) (2.8) Alcatraz
1.6 (1.0) (1.0) (1.0) (1.0) (0.8) (1.0) (0.9) Pretty Little Liars
1.2 (1.0) (0.9) (0.7) (0.9) (0.8) (---) (---) American Chopper
1.1 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) LaLa’s Full Court
1.0 (1.0) (1.1) (0.7) (1.5) (---) (---) (---) Basketball Wives
0.9 (---) (1.0) (0.8) (1.0) (---) (0.9) (0.4) Lizard Lick Towing
0.8 (0.8) (0.7) (0.8) (0.7) (---) (0.7) (0.7) Bad Girls Club
0.7 (0.6) (0.7) (0.6) (0.6) (0.7) (0.7) (0.8) Being Human
0.7 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Fantasy Factory
0.7 (0.7) (1.0) (1.0) (0.7) (0.7) (1.1) (1.2) Hardcore History
0.7 (1.3) (---) (---) (0.6) (---) (---) (---) NBA Basketball
0.6 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Styled By June
0.5 (0.6) (0.5) (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) House Hunters
0.4 (0.4) (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) (---) (---) (---) Bethenny Ever After
0.4 (---) (---) (0.5) (0.6) (0.5) (---) (0.6) Chelsea Lately
0.4 (0.8) (0.7) (0.7) (0.6) (0.8) (0.5) (0.7) The Daily Show
0.4 (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (---) House Hunters Intl
0.4 (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) Lost Girl
0.4 (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) (---) (---) (---) (0.4) Love It Or List It
0.3 (0.3) (0.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Next Top Model
0.3 (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) (0.4) (---) O’Reilly Factor
0.2 (0.1) (0.2) (0.5) (0.6) (0.6) (0.6) (0.6) Hart of Dixie

Look! Press release!

3/22/2012 01:32


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – March 22, 2012 – NBC has renewed its critically acclaimed musical drama “Smash” (Mondays, 10-11 p.m. ET) for a second season, it was announced today by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment.

“Smash” is NBC's #1 drama in adults 18-49 and total viewers. "Smash" is up 160 percent in 18-49 versus NBC's season average in the time period prior to "Smash" (with a 2.6 rating vs. a 1.0, "live plus same day") and in total viewers, "Smash" has improved the time period by 100 percent (7.7 million vs. 3.9 million).

Among the many positive notices the series has received, USA Today wrote, “‘Smash’ pulls out all of the entertainment stops and succeeds… just the kind of gloriously entertaining, wildly ambitious network series you hope for each season…” The Los Angeles Times wrote, “…‘Smash’ is a triumph.” And referred to “Smash” as “…one damn lively show with a lot of promise.”

NBC’s “Smash” – which debuted February 6 -- celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire – to be a “Smash.” Evolving from an idea of executive producer and multiple Emmy and Oscar winner Steven Spielberg (“ER,” “Schindler’s List”), the series unites the hit-making Broadway writing team of Julia Houston (Debra Messing, Emmy winner, “Will & Grace”) and Tom Levitt (Christian Borle, “Legally Blonde: The Musical”) with producer Eileen Rand (Anjelica Huston, Oscar winner, “Prizzi’s Honor”) to create a new musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, and seasoned chorus girl Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty, “9 to 5: The Musical”) vies with newcomer Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee, “American Idol”) for the role of a lifetime.

The cast also features Jack Davenport (“Pirates of the Caribbean” films), Raza Jaffrey (“MI-5,” “Sex and the City 2”), Brian d’Arcy James (“Shrek the Musical”) and Jaime Cepero (“Porgy & Bess”). In addition to Spielberg, the executive producers include Theresa Rebeck (“Mauritius”), David Marshall Grant (“Brothers & Sisters”), Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (“Chicago,” “Hairspray”), Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey ("United States of Tara," "The Borgias") and Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Hairspray,” “Catch Me If You Can”). The first three episodes were directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer.

“Smash” is a production of Universal Television in association with DreamWorks Television and Madwoman in the Attic.

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  • March 22, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    I can't wait to see what happens next on Smash

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Well, not really. I only watched that scene where the producer was trying to bang her and she walked out.

  • March 22, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    domi'sinnerchild, you should have kept watching

    by jim

    he banged the other one

  • March 22, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST

    This Show Is Garbage

    by Urall Luzers

    I can't tell if Debra Messing's son is supposed to be retarded or if he's just a REALLY bad actor. And the blonde is fugly. I DVR it and fast forward through any scene that Katharine McPhee isn't in.

  • March 22, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    It's really terrible.

    by CatVutt

    Decent actors wasted on this slop. Completely uninvolving. I made it 2, maybe 2 and a 1/2 eps. I couldn't even concentrate on what was going on.

  • March 22, 2012, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Sweet! I love this show.

    by DesignDude

    But maybe that's just because I'm a sucker for musicals.

  • March 22, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Who cares? Network TV is for the uninformed masses.

    by Sardonic

    Except AMC. BB/MM for the win. They can their Walking Dead.

  • March 22, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Just renew COMMUNITY already!

    by supertoyslast

  • March 22, 2012, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Smash should be smart...

    by Andrew Coleman

    End it after the second season. Just end the series. American networks should follow the British model and make everything basically mini-series. Everything even slightly solid gets canceled. Only half hour comedies and reality TV make long runs anymore. Smash just wrap up storylines in season two so fans have a whole story. Alcatraz should do the same. Maybe pitch just two more seasons and end it. It's going to get canceled before everything is explained. So just give the network a deadline. Then fans will buy these series on DVD or download.

  • March 22, 2012, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Great News!

    by arzbest

    I've found myself looking forward to this show each week and am anxiously waiting for the music CD to come out. A show that I find is improving from week to week. Thanks, NBC, for taking a chance on a non-cops/lawyer/doctor drama!

  • March 22, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Madwoman in the Attic

    by torontoxic

    Is a book by hairy, dumbshit cunts who should have been slapped and sent home. The fact that this is produced by people who celebrate feminism is not surprising. Take note: they're after your kids. Fuck this show and NBC for participating in the brainwashing of their audience. Want to know why network TV is pure shit and HBO is a joke? Because it's staffed with people who are more interested in brainwashing people to think like them than entertaining anyone.

  • March 23, 2012, 12:59 a.m. CST


    by v1cious

    Go to Newsbusters, they love your kind.

  • March 23, 2012, 1 a.m. CST

    And HBO is a joke?

    by v1cious

    Riiiiiight. Keep sipping that tea.

  • March 23, 2012, 4:40 a.m. CST

    So this isn`t another reality show ?

    by higgledyhiggles

  • March 23, 2012, 7:25 a.m. CST

    ice skating uphill

    by masteryoda007

    ...some motherfuckers

  • March 23, 2012, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Smash is reality TV to me

    by indyhu

    I worked in that realm over twenty years ago and can tell you that is exactly what goes on in that world. Virtually every show that hit the stage went through this kinda crap. The same personalities, the same problems. There have always been a lot more "Outs" in the theatre world. I am glad I got away from it. The only thing I haven't seen so far is the excesive money problems the chorus runs into. Marriages never survive that life either.

  • March 23, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Ratings slip is understandable

    by veritasses

    The show works best if it sticks to the core ideas about the behind the scenes struggles of putting on a Broadway production and the struggles of a small town girl trying to make it in the big city. They're great, classic themes that people can connect with... and as the protagonists stumble and fall and pick themselves back up again, it just makes you want to root and cheer them on. But whether it's because they needed filler material or because they have too many stars that need their own plot lines or because someone thought it would be a good idea to shoe horn in things that "really happened" or whatever, they added a lot of cr@p that almost makes you want to tune out. I like Debra Messing, but anything to do with her family and/or love life has got to go. They're poorly written, poorly executed, uninteresting, distracting and not believable. The husband, the god awful son and the affair should be chopped. The assistant who's always spying on people should just get his ass kicked to the curb. He might've added something interesting to the story but his part is really poorly written, poorly executed, super annoying and adds nothing. As much as I think Megan Hilty is talented as a singer and while I think her part as McPhee's rival is a great, necessary story component, most of her stuff just doesn't work. It should, but it doesn't. If they were done better I'd say keep her stuff in but none of it makes her appealing or worthy of being McPhee's rival. etc. etc. etc. The pilot was tight and polished and the series is... well the series just isn't. The musical numbers are still well done though and I'll probably keep watching (dvr) but it's not really the must-see show that I was hoping it would be.

  • March 23, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST

    See, I have no objection to people wathing this.

    by cookylamoo

    As long as I don't have to.

  • March 23, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST

    I originally envisioned this show as being a big ensemble

    by jim

    focusing on the different types of actors working on Broadway today: Veteran chorus slugging their way to the top hoping to one day grab a major role but losing out to... At the height of their fame Movie/TV/Reality star (or all 3) walking on and just getting a major or lead role because they are famous and their name alone sells tickets. Fading movie/TV/Reality star (or all 3) getting plum roles over career broadway actors because their name still puts bums in seats (just not as much as their currently more famous counterparts). Fresh out of acting school kids hoping to move quickly up the ranks in terms of roles Fading Broadway star eager to take any role just to work and/or pay the bills. This show does have some of that; with season 2 hopefully they can expand on it.