Billed as Glee for grownups when it debuted last year, Smash will be taking its final bow in a few weeks as the second and final season comes to a close. Smash started brilliantly, with a great pilot and a fascinating premise. The series was following the development of a Broadway show called Bombshell, a musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Many of the stars were real Broadway actors and the musical numbers from the fictional show were fab. Developed by Steven Spielberg and Robert Greenblatt the show had a good pedigree.
However, as the first series progressed, things began to go wrong. Cliched stories, ridiculous characters and falling ratings. Show runner Theresa Rebeck was fired, and despised characters like the sneaky PA Ellis and Karen’s dull fiance Dev were dumped. Sadly, season 2 was an even bigger mess, and ratings plummeted. So where did it all go wrong for such a promising show?
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So in US TV terms, another year over, as the TV year begins in September and ends in May (bizzare Americans!) and we are onto the summer shows right now. So how was the main TV season? Hits, misses and goodbyes.
Firstly, Glee, my number one show for three years ended with the seniors from McKinley graduating and going their separate ways. There is still a lot of uncertainty about what season 4 will look like and how much we will see certain characters. Glee will never recapture the, well, GLEE it had in the first year, when everything was new and fresh. But we’ve come to love the characters, and the end of season 3 saw Rachel and Finn NOT get married (thank God!) but break up, with Rachel heading for New York, Finn considering the army, Kurt NOT getting into NYADA, Brittany failing and returning to repeat her senior year. Quinn recovering from her car crash and heading for Yale, Santana getting a cheerleading scholarship to St Louis, Mercedes getting a recording deal as a backing singer, Mike getting into somewhere or other too! Left at McKinley (apart from the teachers) are Artie, Tina, Brittany, Blaine, Sam, Sugar and Joe (Damian McGinty’s Rory apparently not returning HURRAY!) Rumoured to be returning, although not necessarily to the glee club, is Alex Newell as Wade/Unique, The Glee Project runner up who made the strongest impression by far. Indeed, the third season of Glee finished pretty strongly thanks to him.
Continue reading How Was It? A Recap of the 2011/2012 TV season