Cristin Milioti, Sutton Foster and others: How Broadway vets are faring on TV
Cristin Milioti resolved a key mystery on 'How I Met Your Mother,' while 'Glee' continues to provide a weekly home for stage stars Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele. How are other Broadway actors doing in the switch to TV?
The slow, lingering demise of "Smash" has felt more like a punch to the gut to the folks on Broadway.
The TV series about the making of a big stage musical came with a flurry of attention and some big names: Steven Spielberg, Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston. It was going to be a valentine to Broadway.
Sometimes, though, love letters get sent back.
After a first season with a healthy-sized audience averaging 7.7 million viewers, it returned this year to such dismal ratings it was banished to Saturday night. It won't be back for a third season.
But while TV was finally focusing on Broadway, plenty of stage veterans jumped to TV during the two-year run of "Smash." Some flamed out, some are holding on and some still hope:
— Three-time Tony winner Sutton Foster's show about ballerinas, "Bunheads," has been picked up for a second season on ABC Family.
— Two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy's show "Made in Jersey" was pulled after two episodes.
— Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda ("In the Heights") and Steven Pasquale ("Reasons to Be Pretty") lasted just two episodes in the NBC midseason drama "Do No Harm."
— "The Book of Mormon" star Josh Gad found no long-term job as the goofball son of the incumbent U.S. president in the NBC midseason comedy "1600 Penn."
— Andrew Rannells, Gad's former Broadway co-star in "The Book of Mormon," didn't have any better luck in the NBC show "The New Normal," which was yanked off the air.
— CBS' "Partners," starring New York theater mainstay Michael Urie, disappeared after just six episodes.
— "Venus in Fur" lead Hugh Dancy and Broadway leading man Raul Esparza are both on NBC's "Hannibal," which is on life support.