Smash Renewed By NBC For Season 2

By Kelly West 2012-03-22 14:26:00 discussion comments
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When NBC introduced Smash to us, it was fair to wonder if the musical drama would follow in the footsteps of Glee in achieving solid ratings and popularity, or if it would go the way of Viva Laughlin. While Smash isnít hitting Gleeís best numbers, itís holding its own, especially considering Monday night at 10:00 hasnít always been an easy time slot for the network (RIP The Playboy Club). While itís not all that surprising that the network is set to renew the series, itís certainly good news to those of us whoíve been enjoying the drama unfold as the Marilyn Monroe musical comes together.

Deadline shared the news today that NBC has renewed Smash for a second season. As the site notes, Smash got off to a good part, thanks in part to the hype, and to the Super Bowl lead-in for its premiere. The series, which now airs after The Voice on Monday nights, is NBCís highest-rated drama among adults 18-49, with 7.7 million viewers.

Smash stars Anjelica Huston, Debra Messing, Megan Hilty, Jack Davenport, and Katharine McPhee, and follows the development of a Broadway musical. While part of the draw is the budding rivalry of Hilty and McPheeís characters, as one is playing Marilyn and the other was up for the role, but assigned to the chorus, there are developments among the other characters that really push Smash toward being an ensemble show, and one thatís brimming with talent. And the music is exceptional. Hopefully the story will hold up as the series moves forward. In the meantime, the show will go on, into a second season.

Smash isn't the only new NBC series set to move forward. Grimm also received an pickup by the network.
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