The good news: Smash will live to belt again this fall, albeit without current showrunner Theresa Rebeck. The bad news: Unless the series makes some major changes, many viewers might not stick around to watch Karen clench her first Tony while Ivy glowers in the audience.
As my colleague Ken Tucker noted in his review — and I noted in my full recap — last night’s episode represented a new low for the show. But the issues that plagued “The Coup” aren’t exactly new; they’re the same maladies that have been dragging Smash down since episode 2. How can the show’s team ditch what doesn’t work and help Smash reach its full potential? I’ve got five suggestions: