It’s been a very bad week in television for gays and theater fans who watch NBC shows.
NBC has made two of its final cuts canceling cancelling Broadway musical drama Smash and Ryan Murphy’s comedy The New Normal.
The fat lady sang Smash last years NBC’s new darling, in Season 2, going sub-1.0 in the ratings and when NBC banished it to Saturdays, where it practically died and ratings sank below a 0.5 and was trashed by critics. Smash didn’t just get canceled, it got yanked off the stage by a cane.
The New Normal while starting off strong the sat teetering on the edge of the ratings cancellation threshold , but its connection to creator Ryan Murphy was enough to give it more hope. The comedy about two gay dads played byDavid Bartha and the adorable Andrew Rannells who have a child via a surrogate and building a new type of family drew some criticism, some of it reasonable and some it not, but in the end the show just never took off as NBC had hoped. But in the end even the writers saw it coming and they gave to the show a real ending before the ax fell.
The New Normal and Smash join Hannibal, Up All Night, Whitney, Guys With Kids, Go On, 1600 Penn, and Deception as recent additions to NBC’s 2012-2013 graveyard