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'Smash' moves to Saturdays, and oblivion

Katharine McPhee portrays Karen Cartwright in the series

Katharine McPhee portrays Karen Cartwright in the series “Smash, which starting April 6, will move from Tuesdays to Saturdays on NBC. (Credit: AP)

Starting April 6, "Smash" will move from Tuesdays to Saturdays where it will end its natural life. And so the cruel wheel of TV fate turns. NBC has sort of announced this - mostly to affiliates, who need to make plans. A formal announcement is coming. NBC says the show will air the rest of the season on Saturdays, specifying a total of 17 episodes.

This is a shame in all sorts of ways, and -- if you'll indulge me -- I'll quickly add them up...

- New York production with excellent cast 

- Huge Spielbergian ambition (without dinosaurs, aliens calling home, etc.)  

- The pet project of a new NBC Entertainment president who rightly wanted to train a spotlight on one of the great American art forms (see: "Broadway;" "the musical")

- A genuine attempt to try something different on TV

- No one was shot or mutilated in the execution of this production, ceding that territory to "The Following," "Criminal Minds," and about a hundred other prime-time series.

- Some nicely/expertly staged production numbers

-  Promise. Yes, promise, despite  the faults (and there were a few)

OK, those are the ones I can come up with in the space of 30 seconds.

Sure, I could come up with some criticisms too of "Smash" but why pile on? Enough writers have done that already.  

Too bad, in other words.

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