Smash is hitting the Season 1 homestretch. Do you feel like the Broadway community is supporting it?
Absolutely. All my friends that I’ve worked with over the years are chiming in, and they’re giving me their reports. You definitely get the sense that there’s this excitement from the community that their story’s being told on television.
It seemed like Frank pretty much moved out last night. Is this it, or will he be in the final 5 episodes?
This isn’t it for Frank. There’s definitely a return that he makes, and without giving too much away, there are circumstances that bring their family together. It’s certainly not an easy thing to do — to kind of address what’s happened with Julia’s affair — but there is a reason for them coming back together and perhaps, slowly rebuilding their family.
What about Season 2? Will Frank return then?
I sure hope so! I honestly don’t have any idea, but I’m lobbying hard for that to be the case. What’s a good Broadway show without a Chemistry teacher?
There was a lot of critical buzz around the “Smash” pilot, but after 9 episodes it seems there’s been some backlash. Why do you think viewers and critics are turned off by it now?
Oh boy, that’s impossible for me to answer really! What I’ve learned from this experience — and I’ve never done a network television show before — is that there are a lot of people watching this show. With that comes a lot of opinions. Honestly, even if we were an unadulterated, no-holds, complete, unmitigated smash hit, people would still have problems with this or that. It’s impossible for me to tell what people are responding to, either positively or negatively.
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