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10 reasons Smash shouldn’t have been cancelled

10 reasons Smash shouldn’t have been cancelled
As we all know Smash didn’t enjoy the level of success that the network envisaged during its two season run.

Despite having a stellar cast – Megan Hilty, Debra Messing, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Anjelica Huston – the show experienced an online backlash and started a trend of ‘hate-watching’ (apparently people tuned in just to slag the show off).

We actually loved Smash. Sure there were some issues, as there are with all shows, but it certainly didn’t deserve the negative press it attracted. We’ve listed 10 reasons why we believe the show shouldn’t have been cancelled.

1. Megan Hilty. Before the show few people outside of the theatre world knew who Megan Hilty was. Now thanks to her magnificent performance as Ivy Lynn we’ll be keeping our eyes out to see what she appears in next. She also has a mighty set of lungs and she was one of the best singers on the show.

2. Katharine McPhee. The former American Idol contestant surprised us all with her acting chops. We knew that she could sing but we had no idea she could pull off a role as meaty as Karen. Her chemistry with Jack Davenport and Megan Hilty was magnificent and we’re going to miss rooting for her every week.

3. We’ll never know what happened to Karen and Jimmy. In the series finale Jimmy turned himself in and faced up to his past but we want to know will Karen wait for him? If the show had got a third season they could have moved forward in time to Jimmy’s release. We believed in this romance but we’ll just have to keep wondering.

4. Tom and Julia’s chemistry. One of the best things about Smash was the chemistry between Debra Messing’s Julia and Christian Borle’s Tom. They were the backbone of the show and we loved every minute of their bickering and making up routine.

5. The music. Smash’s soundtrack was one of the things we’ll miss the most. Sure we could have done without some of the dodgy covers that appeared over the two seasons (we’re thinking specifically of that Under Pressure montage in the finale) but the original music shined. The Broadway feel of Bombshell versus the contemporary pop sound of Hit List made the show must-watch.

6. Derek and Ivy’s relationship. They sure had a troubled history but now that Ivy is with baby, it seems that she can finally make an honest man out of Derek. It seemed he was open to the idea of giving it a try. We want to see if they get their happy ever after.

7. Feisty Eileen. Anjelica Huston is a legend so to have her on our TV screens every week has been a joy. As theatre producer Eileen she injected some fun into the show, especially her constant bickering with ex-husband Jerry.

8. Krysta Rodriguez won’t get chance to shine. It looked like Krysta’s Ana was really going to shine following that stunning gala performance but after being replaced by scheming Daisy she was pushed to the sidelines. We think she was drastically under-used but that could have been rectified in a third season.

9. We’d only just been introduced to Patrick Dillon. Brothers & Sisters actor Luke Macfarlane had only just featured in the show as film director and theatre critic Patrick Dillon. We’d have loved to see how things panned out following Tom’s surprise kiss during the finale.

10. Jeremy Jordan’s hotness. It’s fair to say that no one was all that bothered about the departure of Dev at the end of the first season but we’re sure going to miss Karen’s boyfriend Jimmy Collins aka Jeremy Jordan. Sure he behaved like a petulant child a lot but we loved his interaction with the late Kyle Bishop and his romantic moments with Karen were touching. Plus he looked great with his shirt off.

Do you agree that Smash should have been given another season? Leave your comments in the usual place and let us know what you think.

By Pip Ellwood

Pip is the Editor of Entertainment Focus and the Managing Director of agency Little Pip Digital.

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  • smash lover

    I agree. I loved Smash for the music, dancing and albeit, sometimes trite and predictable, the story line. I cared about the characters and really loved watching Megan Hilty and Katherine McPhee. I wish it could be picked up by another network or live on through Netflix!

  • Addams fan

    I agree! Anjelica Huston and Krysta Rodriguez made the show even better. Can’t believe it was cancelled-all the crap that’s on TV now and they couldn’t make a third season for a genuinely good show?

  • Nessa

    I agree with pretty much everything but “a role as meaty as Karen”? It was the blandest character in the show, even the chorus kids were more entertaining, and seemed more layered than Karen (which was one of SMASH’s biggest mistakes, forcing a Mary Sue character as the lead and the “star”, when it had many other characters that were much more interesting).
    I’m not attacking McPhee’s acting ability, but maybe if she had been given a better role, I would have cared more for her.

    • Pip_EntFocus

      It’s interesting how different people perceive the same thing in different ways. I really felt Karen had progression from the meek and mild lacking in confidence Karen of season 1 to the feistier, ballsier Karen in season 2. The moment in season 1 where she performed Touch Me was a really turning point. Karen was my favourite character. I loved her!

      • loyalt

        I agree with you…I loved Karen! She was truly nice in a cut-throat business and kept true to herself and values. That is NOT bland or boring. She was a great contrast to the other “do whatever is needed to get the role” people and Kathryn played her very well. I would say the same about Sam.

  • anna

    Loved this show and will miss it so much. The musical numbers were always brilliant and it was great to see talent like Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty, Christian Borle, Jeremy Jordan etc performing on it. It was my little bit of Broadway in my home. I just wish they had made the character of Jimmy more likeable, Jeremy Jordan is super talented (and charming in real life!) and I think it would have made some viewers engage more with the new characters if they had (I still loved it though!). I loved the introduction of Hit List into Season two and how it contrasted with Bombshell. The new music was great and introduced some great new broadway songwriters like Joe Iconis and Pasek and Paul. I think its a real shame there will be no season 3. But I look forward to seeing what the actors from this show do in the future.

  • Ron Hoffman

    What a great series, and yes, there are so many developments to go in the story that it seems a total waste to not continue this show. Come on, Netflix.

  • caspian3113@gmail.com

    Agree. Smash needs a 3rd act

  • La_croe

    Yes yes yes!!! Smash should have another season more – how would these tv execs see how the show would truly fair when at first sight of trouble they decided to cancel it?! the show offers so much more to look forward to and its a fresh perspective from all the other shows that come across live tv….give SMASH another chance!

  • loyalt

    I am really going to miss Smash! I can’t believe NBC gets rid of the good shows and keeps/creates more stuff like competitions and reality shows. This was original, entertaining and would have grown with more time. The music, the actors and the concept were all great!

  • JoAnn Daniels

    I’m so sad it’s cancelled, one of my favorite all time shows, thought they could really expand the series hoping it gets picked up from someone else.

  • cathy

    I did enjoy “SMASH”. I did not know the show existed till the 2nd season. It was nice for us people who will never get to a Broadway play to experience the thrill.

  • carola99

    I WOULD HAVE LOVED ANOTHER SEASON BUT ONLY WITHOUT JEREMY JORDAN´S CHARACTER. HE AND ANDY MIENTUS RUINED THE SHOW.
    NO ONE CARED ABOUT KAREN AND JIMMY´S ROMANCE, IT WAS NOT BELIEVABLE. ALSO THE DEREK/IVY ENDING WAS SO FORCED, HE WAS IN LOVE WITH KAREN ALL THE TIME NOT IVY, SO IT DID NOT MAKE SENSE.
    I ACTUALLY WAS ROOTING FOR KAREN & DEREK TO GET TOGETHER, THEIR ONSCREEN CHEMISTRY IS AMAZING. HOPE KAT & JACK WORK TOGETHER AGAIN.