26 December 2012 7:25 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Despite all the great television made in 2012, there was only one show that demanded to be watched live: "Smash." Don’t get me wrong here -- when it cames to "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men" and "Homeland," I tried to tune in as soon as possible to avoid spoilers, but the idea of watching the shows as they initially aired never mattered to me in a way that "Smash" did, thanks to Twitter. An episode of "Breaking Bad" demands attention, both visual and audible, so I turn off all other media during the show, leaving the conversation for after. But NBC's "Smash," which kicked off in February as a barely passable mid-season replacement about the makings of a Marilyn Monroe musical, demanded mocking as each questionable song appeared and each character made another infuriating decision. I was less watching the show for what was happening on screen than for how »


- Peter Labuza

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