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NBC renews 'Smash' for second season; showrunner to step down

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NBC is doubling down on Smash.

The network just renewed the musical drama for a second season, but when it returns it will be under new leadership.

Deadline reports that current showrunner Theresa Rebeck, who also created the series, will step away from her day-to-day duties with the show after this season. (Showrunners — they’re dropping like flies!) She will continue to hold her position as an executive producer.

The ratings for Smash have been a bit modest lately, but overall have managed to boost the network’s Monday night time slot at 10 p.m. The show, which goes behind-the-scenes of a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe, has averaged 7.7 million viewers and a 2.6 adult demo rating.

Along with Friday supernatural series Grimm, this marks the second freshman NBC drama to earn a renewal this year.

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