NBC's "Smash" started out on a serious high note, but then went completely out of key -- just like "Glee." While it managed to snag a second season, "Smash" is in big trouble. Almost without a doubt, Season 2 will be "Smash's" last. Here are the reasons why "Smash" is being quietly taken off the air.
Theresa Rebeck created a train wreck
Series creator Theresa Rebeck began the show with a bang. "Smash" was an instant success and many TV fans were hopeful for a "Glee" spin-off that was better than "Glee." Then, Rebeck became a tyrant. There have been stories, like those highlighted by Buzzfeed, of how she took control of the show, refused any help, and didn't work with the writers. "Smash" nosedived during this time. By the end of the first season, it was a joke.
Season 2 began with a new leader, Joshua Safran, who had to pick up the pieces and somehow put them back together. Sadly, whatever glue he's using isn't working.
Little advertisement and hype
Some TV watchers might not even know that "Smash" is back for a second season. Since it didn't air in the fall, NBC really needed to push the season premiere while other more popular shows aired. Season 1 did well because it aired right after "The Voice," NBC's baby that receives plenty of hype. Without a popular show before "Smash," it's gone unnoticed.
Constant time changes
Season 2 of "Smash" has had three time slot changes since it began on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Then NBC moved "Smash" to Saturdays at 9 p.m. and then to Saturdays at 8 p.m. Why the move? NBC wanted to put its new reality show "Ready for Love" after "The Voice." What's hilarious and sad is that NBC canceled "Ready for Love" after only two episodes, and now "Smash" will pay the price for the bad decision, too. Saturday is the killer.
The ratings have dropped drastically with every new episode. The blame for the ratings drop goes to everything listed above. While few people watch TV on Saturdays, those that do apparently refuse to watch "Smash." According to TV By the Numbers, a new episode of "Smash" was beaten in ratings by a rerun of "Castle."
- Theresa Rebeck