Smash initially focused on the creation of a Broadway musical centred around Marilyn Monroe. By the time the second season rolled around, protagonist Karen Cartwright had had enough of the Blonde Bombshell, and found herself drawn into the darker, sexier world of Hit List: The Musical.
Enter Kyle Bishop. The young fashionable thespian was one of the best things about Smash's second season, which is why it's so hard to understand why he received so little screen time. The character was full of potential, and was far from one dimensional. What's more, his unrequited love for Jimmy allowed viewers to empathise with to him.
The writers attempted to use Kyle's death as a means to help solve the conflict between several of the main characters, which was an admirable move on their part, but they failed to realise that they'd squandered an incredibly strong character for the sake of a quick plot fix.
Considering the character was incredibly optimistic and positive, removing him from the Smash resulted in the show losing a lot of its charm. So much of the character's brief arc was about him achieving his dream, and yet he was robbed of this moment - and so were the viewers.
Actor Andy Mientus did a wonderful job bringing Kyle to life, and his rendition of Everybody Love You Now remains one of the show's greatest musical offerings.