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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 6, 2013 at 9:37 AM

It’s baaaaack . . . ‘Smash’ returns

So, did you catch the new-and-improved “Smash” last night? Complete with surly young bartender/songwriters, Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, and no more scarves? The show’s undergone a significant overhaul between seasons 1 and 2 (for a deliciously detailed exploration of how creator Therese Rebeck got fired from her own show, click here), and I definitely agree with some of the decisions: ditching Julia’s husband and kid, sending Dev off without even a goodbye scene, keeping the focus on work rather than personal lives (except when Derek’s personal life overlaps with his work). And I’m always game to hear another cover of “On Broadway.” But did things seem . . . I don’t know, a little bland? Wasn’t part of the fun of the show that it was a big melodramatic mess, with evil characters constantly lurking (Ellis, where are you?), drinks being flung, and ridiculous behavior demonstrated from all? I’ll give it a few more episodes and see where things are going. What about you — are you still watching? Were you ever watching? Do you care any more whether Ivy or Karen sings the big diva song?
Perhaps somebody on this show needs to get murdered (hmm, we haven’t seen that teenage son, have we?), and the cops from “The Killing” could show up to solve the crime, and get incorporated into musical dream sequences involving rain and bulky turtlenecks and inept crime-solving and Marilyn Monroe, and . . . OK, that would be way too much fun. More fun than “Smash,” anyway, at least so far.

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