It’s not been an easy road for “Smash.” The beleaguered NBC show, once seen as the Peacock network’s great big hope, never quite lived up to the promise of its exceptional pilot. After some shuffling behind the scenes between Seasons 1 and 2, its return this spring failed to ignite any spark, prompting NBC to banish the show to Saturday nights, seemingly sealing its fate.
But could there still be hope for “Smash”? On Wednesday (April 24), NBC revealed that the two-hour season finale (yes, they’re still calling it a season finale) would take place not in the Saturday graveyard, but on Sunday, May 26.
Now, the scheduling switcheroo could be viewed in one of two ways. If you’re a glass-half-full sort of person, this could be seen as a last ditch effort by the network to drum up interest (and viewers) for a series they’ve been passionate about. On the flip side (and the more likely side, realistically), it could be seen as nothing more than the network wanting to give a more proper sendoff to the show than a Saturday airing would allow.
Considering star Debra Messing has a comedy pilot in contention at CBS for the fall, the writing on the wall seems obvious to even the cast, but this is Hollywood — it’s never over until the fat lady sings.