‘Smash’ Series Finale: Season 3 Plans Revealed, Showrunner Responds to Criticism
And lo, the final curtain has fallen on NBC's 'Smash,' which aired its season 2 (and ultimately series) finale this past Sunday night while much of the world busied itself reveling in 'Arrested Development' marathons. Inside, series showrunner Josh Safran lays out what would have been the plan for 'Smash' season 3, responds to ousted producer Theresa Rebeck's comments, and teases DVD extras and deleted scenes for fans!
'Smash' took its final bow this past Sunday, in a season 2 finale that saw Tony awards handed out to the cast and crew of fictional Marilyn Monroe musical "Bombshell," and set up a number of plot threads to pay off in a third season that NBC conclusively decided to pass on. After replacing original showrunner Theresa Rebeck to essentially reboot the series in season 2, Josh Safran spoke to Entertainment Weekly on the demise of the show, and explained how the film industry would have taken center stage in season 3:
The plan for season 3 in my mind was a Hollywood movie musical. It would shoot in New York. I felt like after two seasons of watching two shows full trajectories, I didn’t want to repeat the story again so I thought I would take the season off and do a movie musical still using Broadway actors, still using Broadway stages, maybe it would have even been set in the world of Broadway. Who knows because we didn’t even get that far but it would have given audiences a season to [see] a different way of muscials being put together and then you could come back to Broadway in season 4.
It was going to be maybe Derek was going to direct it or maybe he wouldn’t direct it or Tom would direct it? And they’d need a new composer so Jimmy would compose with Julia. It’s all there. So that’s the Smash that would have been.
And though critical assessments of the series proved somewhat kinder and more sympathetic toward the Broadway drama in season 2, perhaps most devastating of all was ousted showrunner Theresa Rebeck's email criticisms of Safran's work on 'Smash,' criticism Safran diplomatically deflected.
"I have the utmost respect for Theresa...she created an incredible world and incredible characters and I’m so honored that I got to play in her sandbox for this whole season," said Safran. "Obviously, any viewer is allowed their opinion and if that’s her opinion. She’s allowed to have it. I disagree with it because I’m very proud of the show, but I’m not gonna say that she can’t have her opinion and I hope one day she and I get together and have a cocktail and a couple laughs."
Safran also previewed that additional DVD numbers and online content would find its way to fans, but in the meantime, what say you? Did 'Smash' go out on a high note, or did the NBC drama deserve another chance? Tell us what you thought of the finale and season 3 plans in the comments!