Megan Hilty says there's still hope for a Smash comeback. Yes, you heard that right: The campy NBC show about a Broadway show — which was cancelled back in 2013 — isn’t quite dead yet.
In a Monday interview with BuzzFeed’s morning show AM2DM, the Tony-nominated actress and singer said she still gets questions about whether or not the show is coming back six years after it went off the air.
“I am not lying when I say that every single day since then I’ve been asked by strangers on the street asking what the future of the show is,” Hilty said, adding that she thinks “it’s so remarkable that people are still so invested in these stories and the musical performances that they want it to live on in some way.”
That was when the tea was spilled.
“I have heard rumblings and I have had some phone calls,” Hilty said. “There is hope for a future of it in some capacity.” While she claimed nothing has been confirmed and there’s nothing yet in the works, Hilty claimed Smash’s cast and crew hasn’t “given up on it completely.”
Zach Stafford, the cohost of AM2DM and editor-in-chief of The Advocate, commanded the queers to collectively will a third season of Smash into existence. “Gay Twitter do your thing!” he said.
Smash was cancelled following its second season but has maintained a devoted fanbase since it went off the air. The musical drama — a soapy peek behind the curtains of a fictional Broadway show — starred Katherine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Christian Borle, and (of course) Debra Messing’s scarves.
This isn’t the first time it has been hinted that Smash could return in some form. Last year, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told Variety’s Stagecraft podcast that the Peacock network has “been thinking about different ways to think about a stage musical based on Bombshell or Smash.”
“There’s an incarnation which could sort of combine both,” he said. “You may not have seen the last of Smash yet. I think the next incarnation will be on stage.”
Could the conversations Hilty is referencing mean that Bombshell is finally going a much-deserved spinoff? Bombshell was the show-within-a-show on Smash, a musical about Marilyn Monroe, with Hilty and McPhee taking turns starring as the icon. Back in 2013, the cast of Smash released a full cast recording of the nonexistent Broadway show.
It’s all speculation — but with our gay powers combined, we can make it happen.
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