Dear NBC Executives,
Stop playing around with Smash. Last season was great. Every Monday at 10, the kids would be all be in bed, and my husband and I could sit on the couch and watch our favorite new show together. It takes a lot for me to have a favorite television show, and it is a sheer miracle when I can share a favorite show with my husband. He tends to like action, spy, science shows that don't interest me. I like shows like…well, like Smash.
Smash is everything I had hoped Glee was going to be. What a terrible disappointment that show turned out to be. I was barely able to get through the first episode. I was so excited to see that NBC would be featuring a musical theater show in their lineup. Finally, a show after my heart. I had hopes that NBC would do it right.
Every week, I look forward to hearing more songs from Hit List. I love the choreography in Bombshell. It is an added treat to see what goes on behind the scenes and learn more about what it takes to put on a Broadway production. If these shows went on tour, I would buy tickets. Make them into a movie, something. I feel like I am being left hanging. I need to see more.
Musicals are my happy place. I saw my first Broadway show when I was barely six years old. It was Peter Pan starring Sandy Duncan. That playbill was my prized possession. I carried it with me everywhere. My kindergarten teacher gave me a highlighter as a prize. I knew you used a highlighter to point out the most important parts of a book. I colored every page, every line bright yellow. Each and every page was important, and I was going to show the world what theater meant to me. I can list for you every show I've seen, where I sat, and who played the lead that day. I remember sitting in the audience, just a few rows away from Bernadette Peters as she starred in Song and Dance. I was mesmerized, both by her beautiful hair and her amazing voice.
Stop switching the day and especially the time Smash airs. It is like a guessing game each week and I wind up having to watch it On Demand. You are intentionally trying to kill this show.
Sitting in a dark theater, I feel like the actors are performing for me, and me alone. When I watch Smash, it brings me back to my first time in the theater, eyes fixed above me. If I stretch my fingertips up, I can fly with Peter Pan again.
Please don't take that feeling away from me.