Wanna know why Theresa Rebeck quit her own hit network drama after its first season??
According the Smash creator/ex-showrunner, her sudden departure had EVERYTHING to do with NBC's unartistic executives!
"One of the points of contention last year was that the network thinks they have the right to say to the writer of the show, 'We don't want [a character] to do this. We want her to do this', and I would sometimes say back to them that she would never do that. And they'd look at me like I was crazy, and I'd be like, 'Nope, it's not crazy, it's just who the character is'. You have to respect who the character is."
She says that Katharine McPhee's character, Karen, was the center of most of her disagreements with the network.
Apparently Theresa was told it was their way or nothing:
"The better executives understand that there's supposed to be tension and respect, but a lot of them are just like, 'Do it. You don't own it. Just do it'. That's not a level playing field; you can't have a true discussion."
You gotta give gurlfriend credit! She'd rather lose her job than betray her characters — that is a TRUE artist!