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'Sean Saves the World' premiere: Not exactly world-changing

Sean Hayes has many talents: He sings, he dances, he inspires me to buy Will and Grace box sets. But as last night proved, his trademark frantic energy isn’t exactly enough to carry a workplace/family sitcom.

Sean Saves the World strives to be both funny and relatable. In practice, it’s both of these things at varying — but rarely intersecting — times. The first scene opens with Sean, a grown man, sticking a metal knife deep, deep into the depths of a broken toaster. Luckily, he’s just acquired his daughter, Ellie (Samantha Isler) as a new roommate; perhaps she can teach him about electrical currents.


'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.


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

We've heard this somewhere before. Why do 'Smash' and 'Glee' keep overlapping? -- VIDEO

Smash has done it again (no, not in the ratings, let’s forget about those for a minute) —we’re talking about using songs that sound pretty familiar — mainly because they’ve been on a different musical TV show, Glee, as recently as the current season.

During its two-hour premiere Tuesday night,  Ivy (Megan Hilty) covered Crowded House’s 1986 hit “Don’t Dream It’s Over” as a faraway-look-in-her-eye ballad of resilience. Except that Glee already covered the song, as a cheer-us-up chorus of resilience — and beanies.

This isn’t all that surprising: Before Smash’s debut in 2011, producer Craig Zadan said at NBC Press Tour, “I don’t think any of us feel our show is like Glee, but we feel grateful to Glee for opening that door,” — creating space for more TV musical shows. Last night’s episode certainly isn’t the first time Smash has followed in Glee‘s footsteps: In the pilot, Smash had Karen (Katherine McPhee) singing “Beautiful,” which Mercedes (Amber Riley) sang on Glee all the way back in season 1.

But there’s more! “Over the Rainbow” and “Shake It Out” have been covered by both shows. Perhaps the overlap in last night’s episode was only all the more striking since Smash has prided itself leading up to last night’s season premiere on a second-season renaissance with a new showrunner and some major cast changes.


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