What we were expecting:
The adult alternative to "Glee." A smart, sophisticated look behind the scenes of a Broadway show with dazzling production numbers and a cool cast including the first regular TV series role for Anjelica Huston. Critics raved about the promising pilot and NBC gave it their full support, promoting it during the Super Bowl and premiering it one day later following the return of "The Voice."
What we got instead:
A turgid, soapy mess that helped make "hate-watching" a trend. From the awful subplots involving Debra Messing's family, to the laughable scheming of Huston's assistant Ellis (Jaime Cepero), to an OMFG Bollywood dream sequence, "Smash" kept getting crazier and crazier while dwindling away all of its early promise. But the good news is that NBC realized they had a problem. The second season sounds like a reboot with major changes behind and in front of the camera including the addition of Tony-nominated breakout Jeremy Jordan ("Newsies") and Oscar-winning guest star Jennifer Hudson
to the cast. So what was one of the biggest disappointments of 2012, could become one of the best comebacks of 2013.
-- Geoff Berkshire, Zap2it