Pairing a can’t-miss premise with a formidable cast, our hopes were sky-high for NBC’s inside-Broadway drama “Smash” when it debuted last year… and then we were sorely disappointed by the ridiculous storytelling (poisoned smoothies? really?) that followed. But with Season 2 debuting this week, we’re still willing -- God help us -- to give “Smash” one more shot to win us over. We can’t blame you if you’ve already snuck out during intermission, but here’s why we’re setting aside our reservations and buying orchestra seats for this encore performance.
They dropped the characters we hated the most
Eileen’s scheming assistant Ellis, who concocted the infamous Smoothie of Death? Gone. Julia’s annoying son Leo, who looked a decade too old to play a surly teen? Out. Thankfully, the “Smash” producers listened to our complaints about last season and got rid of all the most irritating characters, refocusing the series on the backstage theater drama… of which there’s plenty. Think fewerRead More »from Why we're giving 'Smash' a second chance (and you should, too)