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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Smash Renewed for a Second Season/short review of "The Workshop"

We find this to be welcome news, since we liked the episode this week and think this show needs some time to mature. We'll go ahead and post this week's mini review before this Sunday, since we're already talking about the show.

Smash - The Workshop
The episode started with Katherine McPhee singing the only tolerable song on Colbie’s new CD ("Brighter Than the Sun"). This song annoys the crud out of Ern. We felt for Karen when the guy told her to quiet down in the recording studio. It’s hard for a live performer to swap to recording without advice or a producer because they don’t understand that volume just doesn’t come through as well in a recording. It’s best to quiet down and focus on tone or emotion. Sometimes we can’t believe Anjelica Huston has an Oscar. Bernadette Peters appeared! We love her and think her appearance saved this episode. That said, Ivy’s mother is awful. Peters still has that very distinctive voice and we like it on certain songs. We don’t think “Coming Up Roses” is her best option, but we’ve come to expect weird song choices from this show.

Rule number one of adultery: Don’t let your wife and child visit you in front of your mistress. Michael looks a lot like Prince Charming in Once Upon a Time, especially around the mouth. Derek is so oblivious, haha. He didn’t know that Michael and Julia were really fighting. Joe DiMaggio’s new song was good and the scene was affecting. We started to see why a Marilyn musical might actually be touching and tragically romantic at that point. We’re sorry that Michael is going because he won’t have a job, and that affects his kid. He deserved to be fired for cheating, but he needs to know it’s about that and not his performance, because he was good. We liked Karen keeping her word and doing the workshop. That was very professional. We also liked whoever mocked her saying “I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.” Great funny British accent, dude. Just when we had stopped caring about Julia’s delinquent son, we started caring again. This was the best Smash episode in a while.
Episode Grade: B+


  1. OMG THANKS FOR LETTING ME KNOW HAHA. I constantly check TV related sites for some TV news and such...and this news made me happy. (I was in the kitchen putting some Capn Crunch cereal in a bowl :)) Parenthood should have renewal news already. The show is over. It's NBC's 2nd best rated drama I think. NBC needs to renew all their critically acclaimed shows. :)

    1. Early renewals make me happy. It sucks having to wait until May to find out..even for shows that get good ratings. I'm most hoping for a season 5 for Fringe, 2 more seasons of Community, (6 seasons for comedy and 5 seasons for dramas is what I usually prefer.), Raising Hope (I have really loved the show this season.), Cougar Town, and Nikita (This show has become such an amazing show. I don't understand why ratings matter on a network like CW. The show seems like it'll do pretty good through DVD sales and such..Plus, I hear there are a lot of Maggie Q fans in other countries.)

    2. We agree with this comment. All of these shows are better than 90% of what else is on TV