NBC's Smash seems like a dead series walking, but that did not stop it from gaining accolades last night, as it won the GLAAD award for outstanding television drama in a Manhattan hotel.
The cast probably hopes that is an omen and that Saturday's bring success to the series. Beginning April 6, the series will move from its Tuesday night time slot (where it has struggled) to the weekend evening at 9 p.m. Saturday night has been a dumping ground for the networks for some time now and observers do not expect Smash to change that.
But a cast can dream, can't they?
"The future is still up in the air. We’re very disappointed that not many more people are watching it because we think it’s a very ambitious show and we think that people should watch it," said executive producer Neil Meron at the ceremony. "It’s ambitious, it’s musical, it really is a terrific show and we just want to get more word out."
Smash had fallen to under a 1.0 rating and less than 3 million viewers for its last episode. Meron says part of the reason is the show’s appeal.
"That’s really hard to say because we took on something where we were looking at a niche part of the entertainment business," he said. "So who really knows what the answer to that is?"
Star Christian Borle talked about the passion fans have for the series.
"I'm not on Smash every day of my life, so I'm kind of enjoying every minute of it," he said. "I love that people are passionate about it. I have my own opinions about it as well, so it is a great national discussion. I am biased, I love it. It's been a great two-year run for me. There's so much to be proud of. But it's fun to hear what people have to say about it."
NBC has committed to airing all 17 episodes of Smash's second season. Krysta Rodriquez, another cast member, encouraged fans to promote the series and stick around until the (possible) end.
"We are happy with the show that we created and we hope that people will continue to watch it and we think that they will," she said. "We’re trying to make Saturday the new party night."
Good luck with that.