20 November 2012 7:37 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

After its first season wrapped, Smash — a flashy Broadway spectacle that drew rapturous reviews for its first few episodes, then, um, less rapturous reviews as the show went on — was treated to some major revamping. (Cue Dreamgirls’ “I Am Changing.”) Showrunner Theresa Rebeck was replaced by Gossip Girl executive producer Josh Safran; characters including Terrible Ellis and Once-Dreamy Dev were given the boot; there was talk of improved serialized storytelling and less emphasis on the dreary subplots that once dragged the show down.

Have all those alterations led to a Smash that’ll truly sizzle in season 2? It’s tough to tell from this super-sized, »

- Hillary Busis

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