Even though she wasn't as prominent as her husband, Eileen was still a producer before this. She knows it's a tough business and that sometimes producers have to make decisions for the sake of the production that not everyone will like.
(And speaking of the musical's changes, what was the point of having OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder helping with that? At least when Nick Jonas was on, he was playing a character and not just being a random famous face thrown into the mix.)
"Smash" has already been granted a second season, although creator/main writer/showrunner Theresa Rebeck will not be returning. Whether new blood will be a help or a hindrance remains to be seen, but either way, if the show continues on the path it started down this week, it will be more suited for Off-Off-Broadway than the Great White Way.
Series premieres: "Punk'd," 10 p.m. today, MTV (revival of the celebrity prank show); "The Pauly D Project," 10:30 p.m. today, MTV ("Jersey Shore" spin-off); "Escape Routes," 8 p.m. Saturday, NBC (driving competition starring the Ford Escape SUV); "Dance Moms: Miami," 10:30 p.m. Tuesday (spin-off); "Betty White's Off Their Rockers," 8 p.m. Wednesday, NBC (senior citizens prank show); "Best Friends Forever," 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, NBC (sitcom about two girls and a guy living together).
Season premieres: "The Killing," 8 p.m. Sunday, AMC; "River Monsters," 9 p.m. Sunday, Animal Planet; "Giuliana & Bill," 8 p.m. Tuesday, Style.
Returning: "Rules of Engagement," 8:30 p.m. today, CBS; "Bones," 8 p.m., and "House," 9 p.m., Monday, Fox.
Season finales: "Kitchen Nightmares," 8 p.m. Friday, Fox; "Merlin," 10 p.m. Friday, Syfy; "Bayou Billionaires," 9 p.m., and "My Big Redneck Vacation," 9:30 p.m. Saturday, CMT; "Intervention," 10 p.m. Monday, A&E; "Dance Moms," 9 p.m. Tuesday, Lifetime; "Tabatha Takes Over," 10 p.m. Tuesday, Bravo; "Happy Endings," 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, ABC.
Series finale: "One Tree Hill," 8 p.m. Wednesday, CW.
Specials: "25th Anniversary Kids Choice Awards," 8 p.m. Saturday, Nickelodeon; "Academy of Country Music Awards," 8 p.m. Sunday, CBS; "Great Expectations," 9 p.m. Sunday, PBS (part one of two, "Masterpiece Classic"); "Saving the Titanic," 10 p.m. Sunday, PBS (drama told from the engineers' POV).
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