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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