The curtains have dropped on Smash. For good.
NBC has officially canceled the musical drama after two seasons.
The series, which stars Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty, will bow out on Sunday, May 26 with a special two-hour finale.
Smash‘s cancelation shouldn’t come as much a surprise, given NBC’s recent decision to move the show’s original episodes to Saturday night. The series then hit all-time low ratings (1.88 million viewers and a 0.5 rating in the demo).
Despite all of that, Smash still had a loyal following, which helped it to win our 2013 Save One Show campaign. (Sorry people, we’re not miracle workers, but we can predict the weather!)
“We’re thrilled and honored to win Save One Show,” showrunner Joshua Safran, who replaced creator Theresa Rebeck after season one, told us afterwinning the annual tournament. “We love our fans and are extremely grateful for their incredible support!”
Saturday night’s all right for… burnoffs?
NBC is moving its ratings-challenged musical Smash from its Tuesday timeslot, with plans to air the remainder of the show’s 17-episode Season 2 on Saturdays at 9/8c, beginning April 6.
Smash opened its sophomore season with just 4.5 million total viewers and a 1.1 demo rating, plunging 25 and 39 percent from its freshman finale and both marking series lows. It slipped further in Week 2, stabilized in Week 3, and most recently ticked up a hair to 2.9 million viewers and a 0.9 rating.
In addition to relocating Smash, NBC also announced:
* The new dating series Ready for Love — which the Peacock reportedly has very high hopes for — will air Tuesdays from 9 to 11, leading out of The Voice, starting April 9. (Originally the newbie was set for a Sunday berth.)
* Go On, NBC’s strongest freshman comedy, is moving to Thursdays at 9:30 pm effective April 4; the season finale airs April 11.
* The New Normal will air a one-hour season finale on Tuesday, April 2, from 9 to 10 pm.
* Whitney will air a one-hour season finale on Wednesday, March 27.
* And beginning April 14 and through the end of May, Celebrity Apprentice will expand to two hours.
Smash‘s serial lurker is back!
TVLine has learned exclusively that Jaime Cepero will reprise his polarizing role of Ellis, the ruthless and scheming former assistant to Tom and (later) Eileen, during the show’s upcoming second season.
But wait – the plot thickens.
New Smash showrunner Josh Safran cryptically tells TVLine that, “Ellis may return, but not necessarily in the present.”
Hmm… so the meddling pipsqueak will appear in a flashback? Flash forward? Flash sideways world? Our money is on one of those three.
Cepero’s Ellis was among the casualties of Smash‘s big Season 2 revamp.
Thoughts/theories about the second coming of Ellis? Hit the comments. And FYI: Smash raises the curtain on its second season Tuesday, Feb. 5.