Saying goodbye is never fun or easy. Two of my favorite shows are ending in a few weeks. One was a reboot of a classic Aaron Spelling soap, the other was a pedigreed show that never quite lived up to expectations. I am talking about 90210 on the CW and Smash on NBC.
The original Beverly Hills, 90210 ran for 10 seasons on Fox from 1990 to 2000. It launched the careers of Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestly and Luke Perry. The reboot 90210 debuted in 2008 and will be ending its five year run this coming May. Though not as long running as the original, it still had a decent run (compared to the rebooted Melrose Place which only had 1 season).
90210 concerned a bunch of rich kids in Beverly Hills, first attending West Beverly High and then California University, if going to college at all. This version at least added some people of color, with Tristin Wilds as Dixon and Michael Steger as Navid. It also updated viewers on some of their favorite ladies from the original series in the first year or 2 of the show.
I watched all of season 1, part of season 2, missed season 3, and picked it up again for seasons 4 and 5. There was always plenty of beautiful people having a lot of drama in their lives with school, careers and love lives. It seemed like everyone dated everyone on that show. And they had a lot of fun too, fabulous parties and crazy getaways.
I got to know these people and liked spending time with them. Shenae Grimes as Annie Wilson; Tristan Wilds as Dixon Wilson; Jessica Stroup as Erin Silver; AnnaLynne McCord as Naomi Clark; Michael Steger as Navid Sharazi, Jessica Lowndes as Adrianna Tate-Duncan; and Matt Latner as Liam Court. They fought, they loved, they cried, but at the end of the day they were still friends.
Smash debuted in 2012 as a mid-season replacement on NBC. Headlined by Katherine McPhee and Megan Hilty as dueling divas, both vying for the same job — playing Marilyn Monroe in a fictional Broadway musical named Bombshell. Other stars include Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, Jack Davenport and Christian Borle.
Debuting to decent rating when it first premiered, it declined all of Season 1. Somehow, it got renewed for Season 2, only to have it off the air for over a year. NBC definitely pushed it, but when it came back, the viewers were not. Jennifer Hudson even was brought in for a couple of episodes.
I like this show, is it perfect? Not really. Some story lines are so ridiculous, Ellis anyone? I can’t believe how much time they wasted on that character, even into the new season. But the musical numbers, often make up for poor story lines (same goes for you too Glee). And I doubt that Karen would quit Bombshell so easily… not with so much fame and wealth attached to that role. Hit List doesn’t quite look like a play… more like So You Think You Can Sing and Dance.
So if by some miracle that the show is renewed for Season 3, I say give us more drama and more songs. Karen can’t be that perfect, does she have no flaws?
So what shows are you saying goodbye to this season? Either by cancellation or just quitting them cause they jumped the shark? I would love to hear from you.
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