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Mourning Smash

It's one thing to know, intellectually, that ratings bed-shitter Smash probably wouldn't get renewed for a third season. It's another to be going through your various feeds, still reeling from the news that Happy Endings had been cancelled, and get gut-punched with the fulfillment of the fears you didn't want to give voice to: Smash had been killed too.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross defined five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance. But for a loss as great as Smash will be, five stages are definitely not sufficient. We still have a couple more episodes before Smash's finale, but it's good to be prepared: here's what we think you'll be going through come May 26, when-- wait a minute. NBC scheduled the Smash finale opposite the premiere of Behind The Candelabra AND the entire fourth season of Arrested Development?! Jesus.

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Visiting A Bird Sanctuary For The Purpose Of Verbally Abusing A Peacock

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Hiding From Cops

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Passing Out From Exhaustion

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Resentment Of Anyone Who Watches Community

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Resentment Of Everyone Who Makes Community

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Resentment Of Communities

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Bargaining Over What's Left Of The Ice Cream You Have In The House

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Urge To Kill...Rising

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Minor Arson

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Major Arson

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More Rioting

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Light To Moderate Looting

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Spending The Night In Jail

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Holding It (Pee-Wise)

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Getting Bailed Out Of Jail

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Throwing A Bombshell Sing-Along Party

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Being The Only Attendee At Your Bombshell Sing-Along Party

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Sloppy Rioting

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Drunk-Dialing Party Invitees Who Didn't Come

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Making Half-Assed Apologies

Stage 36

Letting Three To Twelve Years Pass

Stage 37

Acceptance (Grudging)

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