NBC has renewed one of its freshman shows for a second season, but the creator of the series is leaving the show, reports TheWrap.com.
It’s not clear whether “Smash” creator Theresa Rebeck, who also serves as executive producer, is departing voluntarily or involuntarily, the story says.
"Smash" debuted in February with a 3.8 rating among viewers 18 to 49, but subsequently dropped off, the story notes. Recently the show has shown stability and even some growth in ratings, the piece adds.
The series stars Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty as Broadway performers trying to find acclaim in a musical about screen icon Marilyn Monroe.