But by then, the captioning mistake had become a “thing”:
“But Ms. Deschanel has already placed a pressure cooker next to my heart and blown it to smithereens,” commented someone on a media Web site, under its news of the apology.
“She has taken refuge in the boat of my emotions,” added another fan, on the Web site Gawker.
“Eyewitnesses are calling the scene ‘adorkable,’ ” added yet another.
“Of course we all know the real terrorist is Tara Reid,” insisted yet another.
Sort of ‘Smash’-ing news
Some good news, and some bad, for “Smash” fans.
NBC’s botched let’s-make-a-musical drama will air what’s presumed to be its two-hour series finale on Sunday, May 26.
The show began its second season on Tuesday nights but began turning in record-low ratings, so it got sent off to Saturday nights — a.k.a. “NBC Burnoff Theatre.”
On the down side, that Sunday falls smack dab in the middle of the Memorial Day weekend, when viewing is traditionally low. And it’s outside the official broadcast TV season, which ends May 22.
NBC’s West Coast chief, Bob Greenblatt, originally began developing “Smash” for Showtime — where its numbers would have earned it “hit” status — but he brought it with him when he moved to NBC. Apparently he did not get the memo about NBC still, in theory, being a broadcast network.
Is ‘Quiz’ the answer?
With “Smash” becoming NBC’s latest prime-time jetsam, the search continues at the network for The Next Big Thing to help jack up its ratings. NBC reality-TV guru Paul Telegdy thinks it’s “The Million Second Quiz” — a 12-day live competition that combines the best/worst of David Blaine, “Big Brother” and “Jeopardy!”
Competitors on “The Million Second Quiz” (because a million seconds equals about 12 days) will test their trivia knowledge for 12 consecutive days and nights — while living in a gigantic hourglass in the heart of Manhattan. In the fall. Sometime.
NBC boasts the show is the first “fully convergent television experience, where viewers will be able to play along at home in real time and sync to the live primetime broadcast.”
For 24 hours a day, contestants from across the country can engage in the game and win the chance to appear on the show in prime time.
The four players who have remained in the game longest will live in the hourglass and will have the opportunity to play along with the game for as long as two weeks — as other contestants try to unseat them.
When the 1 million seconds draw to a close, the finalists will battle it out in the hourglass. The ultimate winner could claim a cash prize of $10 million.
“It is a game, a social experiment and a live interactive event all wrapped into a uniquely sticky entertainment experience,” Telegdy said in Wednesday’s announcement.
The show comes from Stephen Lambert, who created such reality-TV formats as “Wife Swap,” “Undercover Boss,” “Faking It” and “Secret Millionaire.”
To read previous columns by Lisa de Moraes, go to washingtonpost.com/ tvblog.