#204 – Smash’ed (Episode 3)

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Smash was also an incredible glimpse into the theatre community in the early 2010s, as many of the shows’ writers, actors and dancers were played by real Broadway performers with real Broadway cred.  But we wanted to go back in time to see how the show has weathered: what it got right and what it got very, very wrong. So let’s dive in and talk about season one, episode three: “Enter Mr. DiMaggio.” “Enter Mr. DiMaggio” premiered on February 20, 2012. It was written by Theresa Rebeck, and directed by Michael Mayer. Now here’s where viewership gets a little fun: this is the first week where ratings take into account households with DVR. Apparently this week’s episode had a live viewership of 6.5 million, which is about 1.5 mil down from last week, but including DVR viewership the episode had a total of 8.7 million viewers, which was .65 MORE than the week before! Oof. Just so much math. The episode only had one original song by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” but two covers were also featured: Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” sung by Will Chase, and “Redneck Woman” by Gretchen Williams, sung by Katherine McPhee.

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