Monday, March 26, 2012

SMASH Gets New Show Runner over Soap Opera Elements of Show

I'm interested to hear what our readers think about the news that Theresa Rebeck has resigned as show runner on NBC's new hit, Smash.

Rebeck, a creator of the series and an executive producer, reportedly left because those making the decisions are unhappy that the show has taken a soap opera-ish turn.  More emphasis has been placed in recent episodes on the cheating ways of Julia (Debra Messing) and on other relationships among characters.

There's been less of a spotlight on the competing "Marilyns," Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee, who play the two characters vying to play Marilyn Monroe in the show around which the production revolves.

Rebeck, a playwright, is reported to be keeping her executive producer status, but will not have day-to-day control over the program.  In her previous job as show runner, she determined the direction of the writing.

What do you think?  Is Smash turning into too much of a soap or is that what you expected from its inception?

Smash has been renewed by NBC for a second season.

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