NBC has pulled the plug on troubled musical drama Smash after two seasons. The show was championed by NBC boss Bob Greenblatt, who brought the pilot with him to the network from his stint at Showtime, where Smash was originally developed. Said pilot, which premiered last year behind The Voice, was well-received, but the show dealt with issues both in front of and behind the camera throughout its first season.
After a showrunner change, the show was taken away from its Voice lead-in, wherein it collapsed upon its second season debut. Ratings were down upwards of 70% and since the creative retool didn’t bring back the buzz lost over the course of the show’s opening 15 episodes, NBC shifted it to Saturdays, where its been ever since.
The two-hour series finale of Smash will air Sunday, May 26th. NBC is set to reveal its 2013-2014 schedule on Sunday, May 12th, with its upfront presentation taking place the morning of Monday, May 13th.
What could NBC have done to keep Smash from cratering in the ratings the way it did? Could it have recovered had it been left on Tuesdays? Would Smash have been better served by staying at Showtime?