They’ve just about ruined any hope for this season by pulling focus from what made Season One so strong: Karen vs Ivy against the backdrop of Marilyn Monroe.
This year we have so many new characters and sub-plots going on I am finding it hard to care for the people I enjoyed following so much last year.
Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty) barely share any screen time together anymore, and both have sub-plots away from the Bombshell musical.
Karen is busy with a fringe musical with new composers Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) and Kyle (Andy Mientus). While they may introduce new music and romance into the plot, it’s a shame they weren’t proposed as alternative songwriters for Bombshell. That would have kept them more central to our universe.
Ivy is busy rehearsing a new version of Les Liaisons Dangereuses with guest star Sean Hayes as Terry Falls. This is so banal as to be insulting. Why they would hire a talent like Sean Hayes and give him the most ludicrous plotline, as a TV star with no grasp of stage craft, is beyond me.
Then we have Jennifer Hudson as Veronica Moore, a Broadway star busy singing songs from The Wiz for Derek (Jack Davenport) to direct. She’s practically taken over the show.
There is no longer any insight into Marilyn Monroe and the tug of war of the first season that so well reflected moments of her own life. Bombshell is now ancillary to Smash rather than being its focus.
One of the biggest mistakes the producers made was in ditching the supporting character of Ellis (Jaime Cepero) whose own ambitions saw him sabotage Bombshell. Even now with him absent from the cast, his character is still manipulating its demise, all without Cepero ever returning to the screen.
Oh well, it was all so promising last season.
Maybe they should have tried this one out off-Broadway?