Ousted ‘Smash’ Creator Has Harsh Words for the NBC Show

May 1, 2013  •  Post A Comment

"Smash" creator Theresa Rebeck, who was ousted during the NBC musical drama’s first season, isn’t mincing words when it comes to the second season of the show, reports Buzzfeed.

Rebeck responded to a Buzzfeed writer who wrote about what went wrong with the show’s first season and NBC’s effort to reboot it, according to the story.

Joshua Safran became executive producer and showrunner after Rebeck left, with Safran expected to take the show in a new direction, the piece notes.

After asking that Buzzfeed take down the critical story (which the writer declined to do), Rebeck wrote that "most media reporters would agree that the second season is a complete disaster." She added: “The troubles with a once promising show go far beyond faring poorly in the ratings."

NBC moved "Smash" to Saturday nights, where ratings have continued to dwindle. The show is considered likely to be canceled by the network.

Rebeck suggested that an unnamed source used in the story was being untruthful, and wrote: “If in fact Theresa Rebeck was the problem with ‘Smash’ and the train wreck it became, wouldn’t things have gotten better — rather than drastically worse — once she left?”


  1. Sometimes it’s frustrating only getting a slight glimpse inside the wagon circle.

  2. “Smash’ has great music, great dancing and some great acting. It is not perfect, but it has brought Broadway to TV. I will miss it if, or when, it is cancelled.

  3. I agree Safran made the show worse. Focusing on the most annoying character in years (Jimmy) was a huge mistake. Then again, Safran ran the lowest rated show for years (Gossip Girl) which only survived because it got so much press. What did NBC expect?

  4. I agree with Rebeck. I thought the first season was great and I couldn’t understand why she was forced out. I would love to see the show renewed but with the original writers/producers. They are trying to emulate Glee unfortunately.

  5. Gotta admit, I kind of lost interest in Season 2, and have stopped watching it on Hulu

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