April 14, 2013

THE SKED: “Smash” and A Broken Heart For Every Light On Broadway

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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Believe it or not, now that it’s far too late and the closing notice has all but been posted, SMASH aired its best episode of the season last night–not remotely what some of us hoped the show would be at the start, not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination or anything to give Matthew Weiner nightmares about losing his touch, but a perfectly reasonable hour of TV soap that actually addressed some of the objections people have had with its storytelling all along.  Sadly, there were nothing but empty seats in the house to see it, as the show crawled to its lowest rating yet, a 0.4 that tied as the lowest-rated program in primetime in 18-49s (and in total viewers actually was the lowest-rated, watched by under 2 million people).  Its week-to-week survival has become so questionable that NBC didn’t even let it air a promo for next week under the end credits, instead giving that time to Monday’s Revolution.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."