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By Andrew Sims (@sims) at 9:58 pm, May 10, 2013 | Reviewed by Karen Rought

Smash is canceled after two seasons, NBC announced today.

All signs pointed to a Smash cancellation after season 2 premiered to embarrassingly low ratings followed by the network’s decision to move the show to Saturdays.

Its remaining three episodes will air over the next three Saturdays. Hypable will continue to cover the show in the meantime!

In April we wrote an in-depth piece on why those people who think Smash should be canceled are wrong. One of our reasons was new actors Jeremy Jordan and Andy Mientus.

“Jeremy and Andy have impressed us week-after-week with what they’ve brought to the show,” we wrote in our piece. “Andy gives Kyle a youthful and optimistic spirit that somehow avoids becoming naive or bland. He’s sweet, real, layered… And every time he’s on screen you have to force yourself from smiling like a loon. Jimmy on the other hand is a bit abrasive and impatient and the audience is supposed to wonder why Kyle would put up with him. Although, from the second Jeremy comes on screen, his charisma takes over and you fall in love instantly.”

After mixed reviews for season 1, NBC had high hopes for season 2. They went through a serious casting reboot, which included the casting of Jennifer Hudson. The show was produced by Steve Spielberg and was viewed by some as an adult Glee.

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    While I love the show, I’m fine with this. The show seems to be ending on a high so I’m happy.

  • Zoe

    I really wish people would just watch this show. I mean, I get that the times are weird and stupid, but the show is just so good that they’re really missing out. And the hard-core fans (a group into which I insert myself) really do watch this and love it. So if NBC weren’t stupid and actually put Smash in a good time slot (like after The Voice, like it was in season 1), I think it would have done a million times better in ratings. Ugh. I am so mad about this. I mean, we all knew it was going to happen, but ugh. Ugh!!

    • Person

      You act like everyone who didn’t watch it would have loved the show if they had tried it. That certainly was not the case for me. I found it repetitive and frustrating, and the music and acting were not really all that great, in my opinion. For some people who stopped watching, it had nothing to do with the time slot.

    • http://willywonka-andthe-gingerfactory.tumblr.com/ John B. McLean

      Smash got canceled because it had low ratings and even lower quality. It just wasn’t good. The music was pretty but the plot and characters where boring. Plus how long can a show about a Broadway musical last when Broadway musicals can’t even last…

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5810362 Julia Morgan-Teresa

        Broadway musicals can’t even last? Are you not familiar with Phantom? Les Mis? Cats? Chicago? A Chorus Line or The Lion King?? the list goes on and on, all of the above ran for several consecutive ( over 15 ) years!

        • http://willywonka-andthe-gingerfactory.tumblr.com/ John B. McLean

          Modern musicals which are not based off something that is already a sucess cannot last. Look at anything that has been on broadway recently.

  • Mand1591

    NOOOOOO UGHHHH
    Even though we all knew it was going to happen I’m still heartbroken.

  • thecamishirt

    I feel the season finale survival kit needs a special section on series cancellation. So many feels right now

  • Colin

    Ughh this is disgusting, when Glee gets another two years…

  • http://twitter.com/NinjaWhovian Susan Chilkotowsky

    This show was fantastic and I can’t believe its going to be cancelled. It deserves more than two seasons. I love it so much, yeah it seems like a weird plot line but it was great to watch every week. I’m going to miss this show.

  • http://purplehairedwonder.tumblr.com/ Caitlin Kelly

    It’s unfortunate since this season has been miles ahead of season 1, but I guess season 1 was *such* a mess that, after bleeding ratings, not enough people came back to see the retooled and improved show.

  • Juliana

    I have to be honest and say that although I used to watch the show pretty faithfully and had high hopes for the second season, after a few episodes I started to lose more and more interest. By the time they moved it to Saturdays I hadn’t even realized how many episodes I’d missed, and I hardly even cared. So, although I didn’t hate the show or, anything, I’m neither surprised nor sad about it’s cancellation. My major problem with Smash was always Karen, as much as I tried I could never like her because I found her as dull as a doorknob, and when the main character is unable to make me feel anything but bored, well then personally I didn’t think there was much hope for me to go back to this show…

  • http://twitter.com/madge_witt Madge Witt

    Poor plot direction was this show’s downfall. Too many new characters, too many new plots, too little time to get them across. NBC needs to stop relegating shows to only one half of the usual season time, it’s killing their shows.

  • ben

    I don’t blame the story or the casting at all. I thought it was great–much better than some of the shows *cough*Glee*cough* that are terrible, yet keep getting renewed. There are PLENTY of other shows that are MILES behind Smash in terms of story, acting, writing, and talent, yet get tons of viewers. I put the full blame on NBC. They are a hot mess right now. They don’t know how to run a television network, or so it seems. Taking almost a year off between season and not giving it a good scheduling time seemed to kill it, plus lack of promotion. Sigh. I love you, Smash, and I will greatly miss you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lawrence-Eckerling/1197774874 Lawrence Eckerling

    While I watch the show, and hated some of the characters in season 1, I still thought the show had potential. The new characters in season two were good, but what came with those characters was a whole new show “Hit List”, with a whole bunch of songs which were utterly boring, and more importantly, completely opposite of a true broadway style, even a contemporary broadway style. They did this to “improve their demographics”, and in doing so, killed the show. A real broadway style wasn’t popular enough to attract the numbers.

  • http://twitter.com/clariclaudia13 Claudia Guinansaca

    this sucks.

  • Dra

    Correction: There’s an episode on the 11th, a break next week and the final two episodes are being shown Sunday May 26, not on the Saturday.
    Not surprising news, but still a little disappointing. The show is a mess, but it is an addictive mess. The songs are often better than Glee and have far more repeat value when listening to them. The Hit Fix songs have been on rotation on my iTunes for weeks.

  • Samma

    Awe sad day I actually love this show, warts and improbable plotlines and all.

  • Kathleen

    I really liked season 1, but I couldn’t get through season 2. I literally had to force myself to watch it, and I really wanted to like it but I just couldn’t so I stopped .

    A friend caught me up to what’s happened since I stopped and the story sounded great! I just think there’s something off about the production/acting/direction that I can’t put my finger on.

  • Caroline Taylor

    Love the little digs at Glee here, how ridiculous, face facts Glee has way more viewers than Smash! That’s just fact, you don’t have to be bitter at Glee!

  • http://twitter.com/Merina2 Merina

    …meanwhile, Glee’s been renewed for two more seasons?

    *sobs in a corner*

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=646947665 Megan Slife

    It’s not Glee’s fault Smash was canceled.

  • Glaciusx

    I was a really faithful viewer of this show and I’m fine with this because as the episodes went on, the show lost me. Also, to everyone moaning on about Glee…..that has nothing to do with this. What you’re saying is irrelevant. Stop.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.j.pond Andrew J. Pond

    As someone who actually WORKS in theatre, this show is laughable, and not in a good way. There’s nothing remotely realistic to it, and I personally am glad its been axed since the acting is atrocious, the plots are ridiculous, and the portrayal of how stage productions get put together and run is cartoonish and rooted in someone’s drunken fantasies instead of anything approaching the real world. Thank you NBC for doing this.

  • Sumernole

    No, no, no. Please don’t cancel Smash. I love it and the acting is terrific and I couldn’t stand another reality series or cops and hospital shows.

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