The SMASH Reality Index (S2, EP17)


By NineDaves and Linda Buchwald Well, here we are. After two seasons, and countless hours spent away from the theater and in front of our televisions, we’ve come to the end of SMASH. For all our complaining (and we know there was lot), we truly wrote each and every one of these Indexes from a place of love. Sure, we yelled at our TVs from time to time. Threw things, once or twice. And there may have been a few “DAMN YOU SMASH” tweets MORE

The SMASH Reality Index (S2, EP16)


By NineDaves and Linda Buchwald For a true theater fanatic, there aren’t many more exciting places to be than the theater district at awards season. The excitement around going to a crowded house in the days leading up to those nominations; hearing other fans share their predictions at intermission; seeing Broadway stars make the rounds on the morning talk shows - it’s all very intense. And for what it’s worth, “The Nominations” - MORE

The SMASH Reality Index (S2, EP15)

Christian Borle and Debra Messing

By NineDaves and Linda Buchwald First thing’s first. As you probably know by now, word came in late Friday night that NBC has indeed cancelled SMASH. This isn’t a surprise to anyone, but it’s still sad. Mostly because we will never fulfill our dream of playing ourselves on an episode. The show’s death actually ties in with the theme death on SMASH lately. You have Kyle’s death, obviously. Then, Julia and Tom’s partnership died. MORE

The SMASH Reality Index (S2, EP14)


By NineDaves and Linda Buchwald When SMASH first started, there was a lot of debate as to where the real world theater line and the fake world theater line would be drawn. Back then, the line was pretty blurry. But theater superfans could easily make adjustments in our heads. Heaven on Earth is at the Shubert, meaning Memphis (and now Matilda) doesn’t exist? Sure. Christian Borle doesn’t exist, but Peter and the Starcatcher still happened? MORE

The SMASH Reality Index (S2, EP13)


By NineDaves and Linda Buchwald After three good episodes in a row, the momentum was bound to wear off eventually. And it did this week with a mediocre episode, “The Producers.” We’re totally onboard with the fact that this show is still dealing with realistic issues like how to sell tickets to Bombshell and keep it open until the Tonys. And how to get producers to invest in Hit List. But this episode focused a lot on Jimmy. And as much MORE

The SMASH Reality Index (S2, EP12)

Megan Hilty

By NineDaves and Linda Buchwald We may base a big part of our Reality Index on SMASH’s major missteps. But believe it or not, we much prefer the show to make the right choices. Which is why when an episode like tonight’s “Opening Night” comes along, we actually feel pretty damn good. Because there were far more “Totally True” moments than “Oh Hell No!” errors. And when there’s an episode with Leo in it, and we’re not even MORE

The SMASH Reality Index (S2, EP7)


FUN FACT: Ivy wasn’t in this scene in the actual episode, so you’re kind of seeing a deleted scene. Ooooooooh By NineDaves and Linda Buchwald If you can, SMASH fans, set your mind back to last season. We know - the memory can be painful, thinking about those bowling alley/karaoke bar/Times Square musical numbers that came out of nowhere. But don’t think about those. Don’t think about Ellis either. Or Dev. Ignore the pill-popping Ivy MORE

The SMASH Reality Index (S2, EP6)


By NineDaves and Linda Buchwald In the previews for next week’s episode of SMASH, we’re told to expect “the moment no one saw coming.” “The moment everyone saw coming” would probably be more accurate, as everything SMASH has done for two seasons now has been entirely predictable. Why, last week, we closed our column laying out the future of SMASH down to the finale. And wouldn’t you know it - in one episode, most of those things MORE

The SMASH Reality Index (S2, EP5)


By NineDaves and Linda Buchwald This week on SMASH, we come to yet another crossroads with Bombshell. Julia and Peter finally finish the book - which has been a total disaster up until this point - and the gang gets together to have a good old fashioned read-through. Spoiler alert - the book’s great. But Jerry doesn’t want to produce the new version because he fears it’s “too good” and would therefore, not recoup. Tom somewhat MORE

The SMASH Reality Index (S2, EP4)

Jennifer Hudson

By NineDaves and Linda Buchwald We’ve seen it happen time and time again. After years of struggling, an actor finally realizes his/her dream of making it to the Broadway stage in a breakout role. Fanboys and fangirls line up outside the theater for autographs, flooding the BroadwayWorld Message Boards and their Twitter feeds with endless praise and dreamcasting possibilities. Critics follow. The New York Times does a profile or two. Then MORE

The SMASH Reality Index (S2, EP3)


By NineDaves and Linda Buchwald There’s this very famous episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent that’s become a cult favorite of theater fans everywhere. The plot centers around the murder of a Broadway actor, and everyone’s a suspect. The director. The understudy. The composer. The producer. You get the picture. In the end, it turns out it’s the dramaturg who did it. The sneaky, meddling, researcher was apparently trying to get a MORE

The SMASH Reality Index (S2, EP2)


By NineDaves and Linda Buchwald They called the second episode of SMASH’s two-hour premiere “The Fallout.” We’re guessing that’s more of a commentary towards the reception SMASH received in its first season than it is an explanation of the action we saw throughout the episode. Sure, there was some fallout going on for Bombshell’s cast and creatives. Eileen Rand (Angelica Huston) is doing her best to keep the show alive despite MORE

The SMASH Reality Index (S2, EP1)


By NineDaves and Linda Buchwald “We know we’ve kept you waiting / We know we’ve made you mad / But this time that we’ve spent not hate-watching SMASH was the best time we ever had.” Okay okay okay. So maybe it wasn’t the best time we ever had. Because as much as we love to shit on SMASH, we really missed it for all it’s ridiculousness. And we missed writing these goddamn recaps. So here we are, back in front of the television MORE