NBC Cancels Smash and The New Normal

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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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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.
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No! I liked Smash! The second season wasn't fantastic but they could have pulled it together!! :( Not Happy Jan!
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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.
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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!!!
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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.
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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 ;-(
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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...
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"Go On" should have stayed on, but I can see why the others were canceled.
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But I liked The New Normal :(
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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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Smash was so great the first season and second season it seemed to be floundering to find its place and voice, but I still love the show and characters. I want to see Bombshell hit it big. I am going to miss the show. I wish it had not been cancelled. There are worse shows on TV. At least this one was entertaining and provided you an inside seat at Broadway. NBC bad decision. Bring Smash back at a good date and time with strong story lines and direction.
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The only one there worth saving was Go On. That had potential!
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_Go On_: SUPERB!
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Sorry to see Smash and Go on go. Go on had some great characters and actors playing the roles. Will miss Megan Hilty belting out numbers.
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Not really surprised that The New Normal ended , it went the same route as Glee , hitting the audience over the head each episode with the an After School Lesson.
What killed The New Normal , and is now killing Glee is the writers need to prove to an audience why their beliefs are the right ones, rather then creating interesting content that might also have a message.
And this coming from a Gay Man in the Bay Area ,
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GOOD PONT. I'm not gay but adore New Normal--so disappointed, also about _Go On_: a wonderful show, cast & writing.
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I will miss Smash so much...I love the first season, and the second wan´t bad....I was hoping they bring back the show a last third
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I'm actually really sad about both of these cancellations. Smash was not a surprise but I was holding out hope that The New Normal would survive. Boo.
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AGREE
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I still can't believe they cancelled Go On.
I couldn't care less about Smash or The New Normal though, I never watched either of them.
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hmm, I didn't expect The New Normal to be cancelled so soon. Bummer. I was actually rooting for it for some strange reason, although I don't really even watch it.
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hey Tim can you make an article about the new official pilots from the CW??
The selection was not selected.
The 100, reign, star-crossed and The tomorrow people
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Seriously, you guys should put all the NBC comedies together (that premiered this season) and title it "NBC Cancels Everything"
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I liked Go On, but I also liked Season 4 of Community (I maintain that Community has always been hit-or-miss). Ultimately I'll happily say goodbye to Go On if it between it or Community.
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Go On was cancelled too?!
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devastating
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Go on was awesome. I am so depressed.
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agree
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I'll miss The New Normal
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I do too
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why is it i keep getting only bad news??? go on, malibu country, happy endings and now the new normal AND smash??? =(
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Love Malibu Country & Lily Tomlin
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It looks like The New Normal wasn't that normal after all...
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the only comedy I watched was 1600 penn, which i got a few giggles from. As long as they keep renewing parenthood I could care less what NBC does. I'm an ABC kind of gal.
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So sad Go On got cancelled. I thought this was a great comeback from Matthew Perry
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agree
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Thank god. Get Ryan Murphy off television to make way for better writers with better characters.
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Why smash? It was so great, wonderful songs and singers. Cheesy Glee had been on for ages, but sparkling Smash only 2 seasons. That's unfair.
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Yeah, the fact that nobody was watching shouldn't really matter...
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They took the show in a horrible direction, plus killing off Kyle wasn't the smartest plan
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Then they better keep Grimm for many years still!
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Go On was cancelled? Aaaaaaaargh! That was the best new comedy and they cancel it? That show made me think Matthew Perry had finally found "his" show, one that would last. :(
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agree
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I had no idea that Go On was canceled! Now I'm super depressed...
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I love The New Normal :(
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Really mad they cancelled The New Normal, it was a great, funny show...at least we got that fantastic season finale :*(
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It's awful that 'The New Normal' got cancelled. I like it. I thought it was funny and had some touching scenes in it.
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so true
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I knew The New Normal would get canned.
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Smash season 1 is one of the greatest things I have ever seen. It's too bad it's been canceled, it was truly one of the best shows on TV.
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Smash was cancelled a while back, this just makes it official.
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Wait, what? Go On got canceled? When did that happen? Oh man..
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OMG, I was just thinking the same thing! I thought it was doing really well!! :(
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Someone snatch Andrew Rannells up he's the best!
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It's about time they let Smash go! It's been dead for quite a while. Too many unlikeable characters. Even when they let some go, they still added new ones and didn't help the existing ones become any more likeable. Ah well. Good riddance. Someone please hire Megan Hilty! She was my only reason for watching when I did. Maybe she can join Nashville or something. I can go for that.
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Maybe one day we'll get to a point where terrible shows aren't given a chance just because they have JJ Abrams or Ryan Murphy's name on them.
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What they cancel Smash that was a show i used to look forward to weekly will miss the weekly songs !!!!
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NBC: Some things really *are* too big to fail.
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I never gave them a chance, mostly because I knew they didn't stand a chance. There's probably some kind of self-fulfilling...thing going on with that, but oh well. My DVR's too full.
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Oh yeah, and go Hannibal. I don't have a good feeling about it, especially since I like it so much, but I gotta watch some things I really like. How soon is *that* gonna happen again?
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Hannibal is boring. _Go On_ is entertaing as is _TNN_
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Hannibal will probably be renewed. It's really pretty good and what else do they have?
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Right. It would only makes sense...

Be afraid.
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I loved Smash, but i think it's only because i sometimes work with theatre poroductions and have a lot of friend who are actors (they also leved it, maybe it was for "insiders only"? and that's what killed it, beside from the very misguidede season one, i think S2 was more solid altogether)
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I was thinking the same thing. Like you, I'm involved in theater productions. I asked the cast and directors of my current show if they saw any episodes and it turns out, none of them were watching it. :( I liked the concept of Smash, but I guess it just wasn't reaching the right audience.
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At least credit must be given to NBC for the realization that they failed completely this season for comedy. A clean slate seems to be the best choice.
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No they did not fail! PUZZLED!
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They are cleaning house this year.
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Hannibal! COme on NBC you're killing me with this!!!!
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NBC is taking the term "fresh start" way to literal.. and after seeing the end of Go On, these were not surprising, but still, especially the cancellation of The New Normal hurt.. both shows were really nice and sweet and actually funny, and I dont feel like watching anyhting on NBC other than Grimm for the next season..
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You are so right! Agree!
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