Smash Cast Gets, Well...Smashed


NBC has a lot riding on the success of its Broadway drama Smash, and the series’ new showrunner Josh Safran is already shaking things up. first reported that Raza Jaffrey (Dev) and Jaime Cepero (Ellis) had been axed.That news was followed by The Hollywood Reporter’s revelation that Brian d’Arcy James (Frank) and Will Chase (Michael) have also received pink slips.

On the most recent Pop Confidential podcast, Jamey Giddens suggested the show needed to focus on developing the Karen (Katharine McPhee), Derek Wills (Jack Davenport) and Ivy (Megan Hilty) triangle. With the departure of Jaffrey’s Dev at least one obstacle for such a storyline will be out of the way.

Which Smash character will you miss most?

Dev (Raza Jaffrey)
39% (121 votes)
Ellis (Jamie Cepero)
9% (28 votes)
Frank (Brian d'Arcy James)
24% (73 votes)
Michael (Will Chase)
28% (87 votes)
Total votes: 309


Member since:
26 February 2009
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They should dump Debra Messing.

On The Big C, Brian d'Arcy James was having a threeway with John Benjamin Hickey and Tammy Blanchard. Maybe Smash should hire them, two talented, charismatic, attractive performers - then I'd watch the show more often.

Member since:
11 April 2009
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Sadly, it's already been revealed that Ellis (and Dev) have been smashed.


Life is not fair since Ellis will no longer be on Smash to scheme and sleep around to get his way.

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2 December 2011
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I'm a theater person who has never seen not one episode of this show. Strange, huh?

Member since:
23 May 2012
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1 year 26 weeks

I have decided I really love this show!
I think I am okay with the cuts, they are keeping the most interesting characters! I hope this show has success, it is very entertaining!

Member since:
20 May 2012
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None of the above?

I can't say any of these characters will be great losses.

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27 July 2009
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1 year 28 weeks

They all brought something to the show but not enough for me to care about them or want any of them to stick around for another season. They need to focus more on the actual Broadway aspect of the series.

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5 December 2007
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storm28 wrote:
None of the above?
I can't say any of these characters will be great losses.

I agree...none of them will be missed. I just hope they bring on some more interesting characters to take their places.