NBC Cancels Smash and The New Normal

By Tim Surette

May 11, 2013


It's been a bad day for theater fans who watch NBC shows. The Peacock made two of its final cuts tonight, canceling Broadway musical drama Smash and Ryan Murphy's comedy The New Normal. That just about wrapped up the network's day, with only a decision on Hannibal left to be made (and that could take a while, since the show is still in season). 

The fat lady sang for Smash a long time ago. Though it was once NBC's new darling, the drama practically fell off the earth in Season 2, going sub-1.0 in the ratings and facing ridicule from critics. In March, NBC banished it to Saturdays, where it practically died as ratings sank below a 0.5. This one didn't just get canceled, it got yanked off the stage by a cane. 

The New Normal was squarely on the bubble, and its connection to creator Ryan Murphy was enough to give it more hope than it deserved. The comedy about two gay dads raising a child and the family they built around them drew some criticism, some of it reasonable and some it not, but in the end the show just never took off as NBC had hoped.

The New Normal and Smash join Up All Night, Whitney, Guys With Kids, Go On, 1600 Penn, and Deception as recent additions to NBC's 2012-2013 graveyard.

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  • LawrenceSmith3 May 17, 2013

    Whoever's in charge of approving these shows at NBC should be fired. These shows are TERRIBLE. Why does it take a season or 2 to realize this? No wonder they're so far behind the other big networks. CBS is killing them.

  • cvh May 14, 2013

    No! I liked Smash! The second season wasn't fantastic but they could have pulled it together!! :( Not Happy Jan!

  • skorpionpuzon May 13, 2013

    How is it possible that a show like SMASH (that has real broadway characters & great voices) gets canceled and Glee gets renewed. Also as a gay man I was really upset when they canceled TNN.

  • hockeyrick May 13, 2013

    New Normal was very funny! Pretty biting humor at times! More than I can say about some of the Comedy drivel that is on now! And they dont us laugh tracks!!!

  • FilmFanatic May 12, 2013

    Is Smash cancellation news? Moving the series to Saturdays and hearing that the one of the main characters already signed off to be in another tv series mean Smash is cancelled. Wrongfully cancelled if you ask me, but there is no arguing with the stupidity of NBC. As far as the New Normal is concerned, I didn't mind the show, there were some funny episodes, but throughout the season, I was cringing with all those massive stereotypes that Ryan Murphy still thinks are relevant in 2012-13.

  • VickyNich May 12, 2013

    Two words Gut....ted!

    Loved both shows. I know Smash had its critics, but I still couldn't wait to see it each week, and the New Normal was unfailingly funny every episode ;-(

  • ludoTV May 12, 2013

    I was bored with The New Normal by the end of the first episode so can't comment on that decision but on Smash....

    I was not surprised by the decision to cancel it (was anyone really?) since Smash was often silly/predictable/over the top.... and had terrible ratings. But NBC should have treated a show they were, allegedly, enamoured with last season & confident enough they could fix the issues enough to renew it. Instead they banish it to Saturdays and do not officially cancel it. Seriously, it is not like they didn't have other time slots with bad ratings... Sure the show had issues but the way it was treated it was appalling... Doesn't look good on you NBC... If I was a show producer with options I would choose any other network over NBC...

  • Taram1 May 12, 2013

    "Go On" should have stayed on, but I can see why the others were canceled.

  • lonea May 12, 2013

    But I liked The New Normal :(

  • enochhardman May 12, 2013

    Hated The New Normal by the end of the series. The whole thing just started to feel like a diatribe against Catholicism by the end and though watching Justin Bartha was a nice treat, listening to and watching the writers/producers turn what could have been a really nice story into a platform for their own moral agenda was infuriating. I didn't need to be preached at, I wanted to be entertained. I might be gay, but I didn't like listening to my faith being disparaged week after week. There was too much focus on that irritating girl as well. Hope they don't cut Hannibal...LOVE IT!!!

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