‘Smash’ wins at GLAAD Awards, could it help save the show?

Members of the cast of Smash at the GLAAD Awards.

Members of the cast of Smash at the GLAAD Awards.

NBC’s musical drama Smash received the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Drama Series at Saturday’s GLAAD Media Award ceremony.

Several cast members attended the ceremony to receive the award, including Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus, Wesley Taylor and Christian Borle. Smash’s film director Bret Ratner also received the inaugural “Ally Award” for straight men or women who “come out of the closet” as supporters of equality.

Smash’s wins are bittersweet for the series, as it was recently booted from its current Tuesday evening slot to Saturday evenings due to diminishing ratings. There have also been rumors that due to low ratings, season two will be the last season of Smash.

After struggling with ratings throughout season one, serious changes were made to Smash for season two, including the addition of two new musicals as well as several new characters. With so many new storylines, Smash has struggled to find an audience with its unfocused plot.

However, Smash is the only television show of its kind that shows Broadway at its best. Many Broadway veterans have made appearances on the show (including this season’s guest stars Jesse L. Martin and Bernadette Peters), providing Broadway fans around the world an opportunity to see their favorite performers on the small screen every week.

Smash also features several gay characters, including composer Tom and his boyfriend Sam. Tom and Sam’s plot line was featured prominently in the first season which contributed to Smash’s GLAAD win. Smash’s gay characters are also unique—they do not fit the “gay stereotype.” For example, Sam, a Broadway dancer, is very religious and a fan of various sports teams.

The second season of Smash has also featured the music of up-and-coming musical theatre composers like Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Drew Gasparini, and Joe Iconis. Smash has provided these up-and-coming composers with the chance to share their music with a larger audience.

Most importantly, Smash has given fans a peek behind the curtain of the making of a Broadway musical. Throughout the two seasons, viewers have watched the creation of the musicals Bombshell, Hit List, and Liaisons.

Showrunner Josh Safran has said that the season two finale was “written as a series finale,” and while season three’s fate is yet to be determined it doesn’t look likely that Smash will continue. Fans of the show have put together various petitions to save the show and have even gotten the hashtag “SaveSmash” trending on Twitter.

We can only hope with its recognition at the GLAAD Awards, NBC will decide to give Smash another chance.

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  1. I love the TV series SMASH. It is original story telling at a time in TV, where it is hard to find anything good to watch. The writing is fantastic and draws you in. I look forward every week to find out what the fate of Marilyn is. Will it or won’t it make it to Broadway. Season 1, I was voting for both Ivy and Karen. It was so hard to decide who was best as Marilyn. That kept me on the edge of my seat.
    Save SMASH. Please have Season 3. I will be watching!!