In late January, I wrote a story about the musical drama Smash: what went wrong with its first season, and NBC’s attempt to reboot it. Its creator, Theresa Rebeck, was a significant figure in the story; she was fired during the first season, and a new executive producer/showrunner, Joshua Safran, was hired to take the show in a new direction. Which failed: NBC moved Smash to Saturday nights, where it has been drawing lower and lower ratings. It is all but dead.
On Monday, I heard from Rebeck.
- Thursday's vote on the GOP health care bill in the House was postponed after it became clear too many Republicans opposed the Obamacare replacement.
- Democrats will try to block Trump's Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, setting the stage for Republicans to eliminate the judicial filibuster.
- The Republican chair of the House intel committee was forced to apologize after he made public statements about Trump surveillance without consulting anyone.
- The suspect in the London terror attack near Parliament, who was killed by police, has been identified as 52-year-old Khalid Masood.