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Leave it to Smash – or at least Smash’s self-referential second season – to end on a winking note of meta commentary. The series’ last song is a cheeky, Chicago-esque duet that finds rivals Karen and Ivy putting aside their differences, donning matching dresses, and simultaneously delivering an important musical message:
“Give ‘em that big finish And they’ll forget what came before Just give ‘em that big finish But always keep one eye on the door …Let’s give ‘em that big finish And leave ‘em wanting more!”
Well, it’s official: In just two weeks, Smash will face its final curtain call.
The show’s cancellation has been a foregone conclusion for months now, ever since NBC announced that it was moving the musical drama to Saturday nights. And similarly, there’s not much left to say about how Smash repeatedly squandered its incredible potential. (For more on that, click on the link at the beginning of this paragraph.)
If a Jonathan Larson-inspired storyline falls in the woods (a.k.a. Saturday night around 8 p.m.), and it features two performers who were actually incredibly close to Larson when he died, but never sees fit to actually mention Larson’s name, does it make a sound?
Five hundred sev’nty-two minutes, not counting commercials Five hundred seventy when far less would sufficeFive hundred sev’nty-two minutes, not counting commercialsHow do you measure the life of a dead plot device?
How is it that after 27 melodrama-filled episodes focusing heavily on Karen and Ivy’s eternal rivalry, we’ve only seen the dueling Marilyns duet only four times? (That’s including the pilot’s version of “Let Me Be Your Star,” which features only a bare minimum of co-singing, and “Would I Lie To You,” which I’m willing to bet you forgot about long ago.)
As the old superstition goes, a bad dress rehearsal all but guarantees a great opening night. And if the opposite also happens to be true, I would keep expectations low for next week’s Smash – because tonight’s episode, “The Dress Rehearsal,” was season 2’s best by far. The main reason: For the most part, its plot focused on backstage intrigue rather than dull relationship drama – and when the latter did intrude upon the former, the result was more than just a bunch of people yelling at each other.
Welcome, friends, to the first official Smashurday… or should I say Zmashurday? (Yeah, I probably shouldn’t.)
Smash’s imminent move to Saturday nights will be bittersweet. On one hand, the timeslot shift is basically NBC’s way of pointing out that it and the show are experiencing “creative differences.” But on the other hand, this also means that we’ll be treated to two episodes of Smashy goodness this week – one featuring Bernadette Peters, the other featuring Liza Minnelli.
When tonight’s edition of Smash begins, both Tom and Derek are precisely where they want to be: helming their very own musicals, preparing to turn their visions into reality. But as a wise man once sang, “Having just a vision’s no solution /Everything depends on execution” – and as the night wears on, both men find themselves majorly struggling with this second step. (Insert line about Smash’s insistence on meta-commentary here.)
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