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The chances of NBC’s Smash being renewed for a third season were nearly annihilated after today’s announcement that star Debra Messing will be the lead in a new CBS comedy this fall.

The news of Messing’s new casting comes from TVGuide.com, who report that the new comedy Messing will lead in is written by former Sex and the City writers. The comedy is currently untitled, and is based off of an Israeli series.

Messing will play a mom named Shira, who, you guessed it, struggles with the balances of home, work, and children.

Although NBC hasn’t confirmed Smash‘s cancellation, fans are convinced that the show won’t live to see a third season after its recent banishment to Saturday nights. Thankfully, showrunner Josh Safran has gone on the record to state that “fans won’t be left hanging” at the end of season 2.

If Messing moving on to another show for next season didn’t add more fuel to the Smash cancellation fire, she will also be joined by Smash executive producers/writers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky. Furthermore, Messing will act as an executive producer for the unnamed CBS comedy pilot.

We’re very upset to hear all of the foreboding news for Smash, but we’re glad that Messing is continuing on with large moves in her career. She’s known for her time as Grace on Will and Grace, and, in our opinion, deserves to find another “smash” of a show to be on.

What do you think of this latest Smash cancellation speculation news? Are you convinced that Smash won’t continue on for a third season, and will you follow Messing over to CBS if season 2 is its end?

Tune in to the latest episode of Hypable’s Smash podcast for their analysis of  episode 2×07 “Musical Chairs.”

Smash continues to air on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST for two more episodes, and then begins to air at 9 p.m. EST on Saturdays starting April 6.

Featured image source: NBC

  • Ben

    I love all of the cast of Smash. I hope all of them find other projects to be successful on, especially Katharine and Megan.

  • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

    I’m so excited to see her in another comedy. It’s been too long since Will & Grace!

  • Sara

    Sigh. I had one magic sliver of hope left after the whole “moving to Saturdays” thing, but now it seems pretty much confirmed. Guess we’ll have to keep an eye out for someone else to jump on the “Glee for Grownups” train. I really don’t want to be stuck with the spiraling hot mess that Glee has become as my only outlet for musical tv.

    Sidenote: I think Safran may be referring to a film or even legit Broadway show to continue after Smash’s final curtain. The tv show acting as a platform to launch something like that was part of the original concept for the show.

  • http://flavors.me/thisisshana Shana Debusschere

    It’s definately the end of Smash

  • http://twitter.com/Woffles92 Sarah Barnett

    The phrase “Abandon ship” springs to mind…

  • http://twitter.com/NatashaPeartree Natasha Pereira

    Yeah, that seals it.

  • https://twitter.com/slasher777 Alex

    R.I.P. Smash
    2012 – 2013

  • http://twitter.com/BilliamSays Bill Anderson

    While this does scream “It’s over, it’s done.” for Smash as we know it now – there could still be a chance of Smash continuing in some form. Especially since the Bombshell story, and thus Julia’s story can be worked out of the plot with Hit List being introduced… maybe an actually Production / movie of Hit List? IDK I know it’s unlikely… I’m just not too happy about this getting the death sentence now that it’s actually got it’s footing story-wise this season.

    • Jeff Dodge

      I don’t think the majority of fans would say the show’s got its footing story-wise this season, considering it’s going in way too many directions this year compared to to last year.

      And no, there’s no chance Smash is continuing in any form, especially not the show and really especially not with Hit List.

  • http://blackrapture.tumblr.com/ thegoodshipdestiel

    Nice to know she has faith in the show haha.

  • Elphaba Thropp

    Just end it already. All this waiting and waiting is driving me nuts, get it over with :/

  • Mand1591

    I’m really hoping that this is the whole “her going abroad with Peter” thing and maybe SOMEHOW it’s not over…

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