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Never mastered the art of using it.
I admit the show is sort of creeping along in the manner of other shows on television now. Lots of shows have pretty much dispensed with self-contained episodes in exchange for the season being like an old serial. It's good if you can get lots of people hooked from the beginning, but you can also end up with something you can't just drop into, or you can get lost in if you miss an episode.
I still think this one maintains interest. It's not as much a soap about the fight for Marilyn as it is a story about the creation of a collaborative work of art, or at least craft. It's a television updating of Powell/Pressburger's classic The Red Shoes, about the creation of a ballet. And if you like this and have never seen The Red Shoes you need to rent it immediately, as it is one of the greatest films ever made.
I really look forward to Smash. It's something you can really get your teeth into. It's well acted if you can accept broad, operatic sorts of performances (or just plain good performances, such as Angelica Huston's). Katharine McPhee has a ways to go, and seems to spend most of her time hovering in the background with her mouth open slightly, depending on her looks to define her character, but I think she'll work out okay.
It's defined pretty much the way it's going to behave in the future, so if you don't like it now you probably never will. Plus, I suspect its primary audience hasn't even discovered it yet.