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'Smash' finale tonight: And so we've reached the final curtain

And you thought it was bad when Fox aired the last four episodes of Arrested Development as one barely-advertised, two-hour chunk opposite the opening ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics!

Here’s a short list of the ways NBC has slighted the series finale of Smash: The network is airing this 120-minute block after a week-long break… on a Sunday instead of its usual Saturday timeslot… on Memorial Day Eve… directly opposite HBO’s highly-anticipated Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, a movie that appeals to 100 percent of people who currently watch or would theoretically watch Smash. Oh, and finale is also coming the same day that the entire Internet-speaking world will be too busy binge-watching season 4 of — guess what — Arrested Development to pay attention to anything else.

Yes, Smash‘s second season was largely a disappointment. But even so, NBC is certainly adding insult to injury by airing the finale tonight at 9pm — after treating the show poorly basically since the curtain fell on season 1.

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Requiem for a musical: How 'Smash' went wrong

Smash should have been a singular sensation. When the show launched last February, it seemed to have everything going for it — an innovative concept, a killer cast of established screen stars (Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston) and beloved Broadway actors (Christian Borle, Megan Hilty), fabulous original songs from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, high production values, and the stewardship of producer Steven Spielberg. And early on, ratings indicated that this potent mixture had indeed resulted in a hit — the show’s heavily-hyped premiere drew 11.44 million pairs of eyeballs and healthy demographic numbers.

Then, of course, came Smash‘s crash. As the series’s onscreen antics got increasingly absurd — Ivy’s hooked on pills! Terrible Ellis has poisoned Uma Thurman’s smoothie! Julia’s mumbly son Leo is a “straight-A student”! — viewers began tuning out in droves. By the end of season 1, Smash had been demoted from promising newcomer to a singing, dancing mascot of the hate-watching movement.

Even then, there was a light at the end of the tunnel. It came in the form of Josh Safran — a new showrunner who promised to reinvigorate Smash by ditching unpopular characters, broadening the show’s scope, and severely cutting down on its number of scarves per capita. Those who saw a diamond in the rough that was Smash’s first season were hopeful — maybe, just maybe, the show could become the hit it was always meant to be in season 2.

Or… maybe not.  READ FULL STORY

Russell Brand gets cheeky with Katharine McPhee on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' -- VIDEO

Poor Katharine McPhee did not know what she was in for when she went on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to promote Smash last night. But she handled a flirty Russell Brand like a champ!

When McPhee came out on stage, Brand wouldn’t move from the guest chair, so she sat down on his lap. Then Brand got a little touchy-feely. Watch the awkwardness below: READ FULL STORY

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