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RIP Smash: The Show That Brought the Great White Way to the Small Screen

The show's cancellation Smashes our collective heart to bits.

Christian Borle and Debra Messing on the set of Smash.
(© David Gordon)
Smash, the NBC drama about the inner workings of a Broadway musical, was laid to rest on Sunday, May 26, 2013 after 32 episodes.

Smash starred Debra Messing and Christian Borle as a beleaguered songwriting pair attempting to create a musical called Bombshell, based on the life and times of Marilyn Monroe. The cast also included Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston as Bombshell's lead producer and Jack Davenport as the show's director and choreographer. Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee starred as a pair of dueling divas vying for the role of Marilyn. The second season added actors Jeremy Jordan and Andy Mientus as a songwriting team developing a rival musical. Jennifer Hudson, Sean Hayes, Michael Cristofer, Bernie Telsey, Jordan Roth, Michael Riedel, and Krysta Rodriguez all took their turn in guest-starring roles on the late series.

As we say our final goodbyes and send Smash to the great TV farm in the sky, we remember all of the good times we shared: seeing our beloved Broadway stars belt out show-stopping numbers on a weekly basis, fantasizing about our favorite television stars coming to the Great White Way, and witnessing the rise and fall of Debra Messing's extensive scarf collection. All we can do now is take solace in the fact that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron's fictional Broadway musical will live on forever in both our hearts and our iPods (for those of us who purchased the Bombshell cast album).

Smash is survived by Heart of Dixie, Revolution, The Neighbors, and that show with Betty White on TV Land.