“Smash” Promises More, Will Inevitably Deliver Less


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Fade in on a show with a hunger to be good, but a bad first season to forever weigh it down. It hopes the past will fade away, because as of this day, the Season 2 teaser is out, and “Smash” is moving on.

Oh, “Smash.” How many feelings I have about you. My affair with “Smash” began passionately, when I first heard the show’s ubiquitous might-as-well-be-theme song, “Let Me Be Your Star.”

Masterful. Without seeing one moment of the show, I was absolutely hooked. Then I saw the show’s first episode. I wrote about it in my “It’s K-OK!” column for the Loyolan (which you can read here), where I said:

“I can say with absolute certainty that “Smash” is pretty terrible. Yes, the music is fun, and it certainly has its moments, but make no mistake, it’s really rather bad on the whole. Here’s the issue, though: It’s still more ambitious and interesting than half of what’s on network television today. So should “Smash” be applauded as a risk or bashed for what it really is: a flop?”

As the season went on, there was just no way to respect its intention any more – the characters were half-baked and stuck in crappy plotlines, the original songs were inconsistent at best and the acting was all over the place.

“Smash” was supposed to be our adult “Glee,” a more mature show that didn’t fluctuate every time a new episode was released. Instead, we got an older-looking “Glee” that never recovered from all the problems of its youth.

So despite all the amazing casting notices (Jennifer Hudson! Jeremy Jordan!) and news of a new showrunner, I couldn’t make myself get excited about season two of “Smash.” Between its first season and far too many seasons of “Glee,” I’ve just been too burned by musical programs. (“Nashville” isn’t doing much to make things better, either – it’s consistent, but it’s also boring as hell.)

Still, I can’t help but be drawn in by the promise of Jennifer Hudson. And the trailer is really, really good. So we’ll see what happens. I’ll tune in for the first episode and see if they’ve fixed the problems. After all, “Parks & Recreation” fixed its issues after season one and went on to be one of the best sitcoms on television. And as I wrote in my column about the “Parks & Recreation” Problem (also available here), shows deserve a little growing room.

So “Smash,” I’m giving you a second chance. Let me be your fan.


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