‘Smash’ Creator Leaves Show

Smash will be back for a second season, but creator Theresa Rebeck is bidding the chronicle of a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe adieu. The show swept audiences off their feet and won critical plaudits, but there’s a feeling among viewers of the show’s more recent episodes that maybe it’s gone a bit mushy. According to Variety, episodes of the show have been receiving an average of 9.6 million viewers, making it NBC’s No. 1 drama for viewers ages 18 to 49. Stephen Spielberg is an executive producer on the show, which has an all-star cast that includes Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston.