Amongst all the reboots and revivals and live musical productions on TV, there’s suddenly an opening to bring back one divisive cult series: NBC’s Smash.
Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, made a recent appearance on Variety’s Stagecraft podcast, discussing his career as a New York theater producer as well as NBC’s more theatrical pursuits. One such project is the much-beloved and much-maligned Smash, starring Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee, which Greenblatt says “may have invented the concept of hate-watching.”
“Interestingly enough, I hear more about people loving Smash now than I ever did when it was on the air,” he says on the podcast. “We’ve been thinking about different ways to think about a stage musical based on Bombshell or Smash.” (Bombshell being the Marilyn Monroe-centered Broadway musical within the show, which spawned its own album including songs like “Let Me Be Your Star.”)
Greenblatt continues, “That’s all I’ll say. There’s an incarnation which could sort of combine both. … You may not have seen the last of Smash yet. I think the next incarnation will be on stage.”
The podcast discussion also included NBC’s current and upcoming musical productions, including Rise and Jesus Christ Superstar Live, as well as an update on Jennifer Lopez’s Bye Bye Birdie.
But of course, now that Smash is back on the table, we’re all going to be impatient to see when NBC decides to raise the curtain – again.