NBC's Smash Is Renewed for Season 2 - Minus One Key Player

NBC has made its second scripted renewal for the 2012-13 TV season, and the honor goes to the Monday-night musical drama Smash. The twist? A key player from Season 1 is stepping away from the spotlight.

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As reported by our sister site Deadline just hours after NBC picked up Smash for another run, Broadway vet Theresa Rebeck will not be returning as showrunner. Rebeck will retain her executive producer title, but step away from the day-to-day operations to return to her theater roots. There is no word yet on who might take over the reins for Season 2.

To date, Smash is averaging 7.7 million total viewers and a 2.6 demo rating, representing the network’s best tallies for a drama in both measures and improvements of 100 and 160 percent over the Peacock’s previous Mondays-at-10 average. That said, after opening its season with a real crowd-pleaser, the direction of the drama has come under fire by critics and viewers.

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Smash‘s Season 2 order is for at least 15 episodes, says a network source. As previously reported, the 15-episode freshman run will “take Marilyn to an out-of-town tryout, her first really public presentation,” per series creator and Broadway vet Theresa Rebeck. Season 2 will ultimately follow the production to Broadway and raise the question, “How does Marilyn fare in New York?”

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Are you glad about Smash‘s renewal? And what changes would you suggest for Season 2?

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168 Comments
  1. Sharon U says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this show!!!!!!!! Can’t wait until it starts back up!

  2. Deborah says:

    Love Smash!
    Having been involved in high school and local theatre with real broadway scripts for the musicals since the 1970’s. I can really relate to many of the behind the scenes goings on.
    Keep up the good job !!!!
    Deb from Austin,Texas 10/10/12

  3. Suzy Shoen says:

    I also thought the Marilyn theme was done. I was looking forward to a new show. I like the idea of ‘the oldies’ theme…I was thinking ‘Street Car Named Desire’ ‘Or West Side Story” It would be nice to expose the yonger crowd to the old greats of theatre in a new way!!

  4. Stephanie Mosely says:

    This show is excellent – everyone in my family watches and we all LOVE it!

  5. Pocogal says:

    In simple terms … I am THRILLED that Smash has been renewed! One of the best shows on TV … for quality, acting, music, writing, directing … well this is going beyond simple … I’ll just end with a big HURRAY!

  6. Ella says:

    Glad this show will be returning. I enjoyed it. I liked the story with Angelica Houston. Frank can go. Dev he had this Iam a good guy vibe an I do bad things. I like that. I think Ellis added alot of drama but on an overly aggressive level.

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  8. INGRID pearson says:

    I have loved SMASH from the beginning and am soooooooooooo very delighted that we will get a second season.

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