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NBC Axes ‘Smash,’ ‘The New Normal’

SMASH -- "The Tonys" Episode 217 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Hilty as Ivy Lynn, Katharine McPhee as Karen Cartwright -- (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC)

In some not so surprising news, NBC has canceled freshman comedy The New Normal and musical drama Smash.

Smash’s abysmal ratings and reported pricey production costs lead the series inevitable demise. NBC did the series no favors by premiering the show ahead of its only ratings hit, The Voice, which served as its lead in during the first season. In March the network bumped the series to Saturdays, essentially ensuring its end come May. The two-hour finale will air Sunday, May 26.

Star Katharine McPhee, who played aspiring Broadway singer Karen Cartwright tweeted, “[Thank you] to everyone who watched Smash! Been an amazing ride. And thanks to @NBC [for] the opportunity [to] play a great gal such as Karen. So grateful. Yes… Smash is officially canceled. So sorry to everyone who watched and loved it. Had an amazing time and made wonderful memories. Ahhhh! Love you all! [Your] passion is so heartwarming! Life is about chapters & the relationships u make along the way. Next chapter! Exciting.”

Meanwhile, Ryan Murphy’s The New Normal joined the ranks of fellow canceled comedies 1600 Penn, Go On and Guys with Kids in the television graveyard. Starring Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells, the half-hour comedy centered on a gay couple staring a family and the extended family they gained as a result. Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes also starred.

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  1. SMASH too ???? – there is only a few shows remaining of season 2 to be aired ???!!! hope it gets picked up by a cable network for season 3

  2. Well that figures, anything that can hold my attention for an entire season they cancel. :( This sucks NBC.

  3. I am so sad. I loved “Smash”. It was a quality program that I described as “Glee for grown ups”.

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