NBC banishes ‘Smash’ finale to last Sunday night in May

By Daniel S Levine,

NBC has decided to let its floundering Broadway drama Smash end its run on a Sunday night next month.

Deadline and EW confirmed this afternoon that Smash’s two hour finale will air on Sunday, May 26 instead of the day before as previously planned.

This should not be taken as a good sign by fans of the show. All other Sunday shows, including ABC’s Once Upon A Time and Revenge and CBS’ Survivor, will have ended by then, so Smash will have virtually no competition that night.

Smash completely tanked in its second season when it premiered on Tuesdays. Last month, NBC tried to fix the damage by moving it to Saturdays, a night that rarely features original programming on any of the networks.

A combination of low ratings and a high budget will likely mean that Smash will not get a third season.

However, it looks like two of the show’s stars are moving on to greener pastures. Last month, Debra Messing secured a role in a CBS pilot created by Sex and the City veterans. Billboard reported today that Katharine McPhee, who competed on American Idol before joining Smash, is working on her first album for Columbia, which will include collaborations with Linda Perry and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.

image: NBC

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