What’s next for Debra Messing of SMASH? New CBS comedy pilot with Paul Adelstein announced

Debra Messing, center

Debra Messing, center

Debra Messing, of the popular NBC television show SMASH, is set to star in a CBS comedy pilot. Based on the Israeli series Mother’s Day, the prospective show will focus on a married mother, Shira, who has three children, ghostwrites for a celebrity chef and tries to have it all. Besides starring in the unnamed show she will also act as co-Executive Producer, alongside producers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky. Paul Adelstein, of ABC’s Private Practice, has been announced to star as Messing’s husband.

Does this mean bad news for SMASH Fans?

While nothing official has been said about SMASH, the show’s end seems even more certain, given Messing’s very public backup plan. When SMASH moved to Saturday nights, based on recent poor ratings, it seemed to confirm the fan’s worst fears that the show is headed for a season finale. Either the actors have been told to seek other work or Debra Messing won’t return for season three.

Josh Saffron, showrunner for SMASH, has already stated that the season finale could double as a series finale if needed. Though an official cancellation has not been made, all signs seem to point to the end. That end, if it is one, will be May 25 at 9 eastern/8 central.

SMASH’s ratings have continued to fall, sliding to .8 million people two weeks ago. NBC’s The Voice gave SMASH a bit of a lift, to 3.11 viewers last week, but fans will have to wait and see whether this signifies a real change in ratings or merely a blip. The only other hope SMASH has is its upcoming Broadway guest stars, including Liza Minnelli and Bernadette Peters, but even that may not be enough to save the show.

No matter what the future of SMASH, Debra Messing’s new pilot on another station only proves one thing: either Debra Messing won’t be back, or SMASH won’t be.

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