Networks in Search of a 'Smash'

Another midseason, another round of afterthoughts—and maybe a hit or two

As the broadcast networks begin trotting out their midseason replacements, it’s worth noting that series that bow in January are the children of necessity and diminished expectations. They exist to fill the hole left by a show that didn’t even make it out of the fall, thereby lowering a bar that’s already more or less at worm’s-eye level.

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