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NBC Cancels Broadway-Themed Drama Smash After Two Seasons

NBC Cancels Broadway-Themed Drama Smash After Two Seasons
Megan Hilty in 'Smash'
The final episode of 'Smash' will air on May 26.

NBC has officially canceled its Broadway-centric drama Smash, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show, which features many Broadway vets, including Megan Hilty, Audience Choice Award winner Jeremy Jordan, Tony winner and Audience Choice Award winner Christian Borle, Tony winner Bernadette Peters and more, has suffered especially low ratings in its second season.

The show, which was recently moved from a prime 10PM slot on Tuesdays to a graveyard position on Saturday nights at 9PM, will air its full 17-episode season. Showrunner Josh Safran acknowledged to The Hollywood Reporter that the second season's last episode was "crafted as a series finale."

In addition to Hilty, Jordan, Borle and Peters, Smash features Katharine McPhee, Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, Jack Davenport, Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus and Leslie Odom Jr.

Set in the theater world, Smash details the behind-the-scenes drama of two musicals hoping for success on Broadway: a Marilyn Monroe bio-musical called Bombshell (written by real-life Tony-winning team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman) and the rock musical Hit List. Smash has three episodes ("The Transfer," "The Nominations" and "The Tonys") left to air.

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