Had ‘Smash’ Returned for Third Season, Luke Macfarlane May Have Returned With It

by | May 30, 2013 at 6:37 PM | Celebrities, General, LGBT, Smash, TV News

Christian Borle and Luke Macfarlane on "Smash." (NBC)

By Greg Hernandez

Oh please, as if I’m not already grieving the end of NBC’s “Smash” enough already.

Those who watched the two-hour series finale on Sunday saw Luke Macfarlane of “Brothers & Sisters” fame do a guest spot as a closeted actor who has some serious chemistry with Tom (Christian Borle).

In the closing moments, the two shared a rather passionate kiss.

Now I’ve just read that had the show continued on to a third season, there were plans to have Macfarlane’s character return.

‘We obviously didn’t get that far to make a deal with Luke, but our goal was to create a relationship for Tom that was real and lasting and not filled with the baggage of all he had gone through with Sam,’ executive producer Joshua Safran tells Entertainment Weekly.

Macfarlane’s character, even post-kiss, insists to Tom that he is not gay. Safran says he is.

‘In the script he said “I’m not gay” and then they kissed. But the actors very much loved the [other way]. But I worry that it reads for the audience that Tom takes advantage of Patrick. No, Patrick is really gay. … We were interested in a season 3 idea of Tom working with this man who he was in love with and [who] was in love with him but who wasn’t out. So he finally found the relationship that worked but there was this huge stumbling block.’

Well, someone as talented at Luke Macfarlane will surely be back on our TV screens on a regular basis soon – I hope! Until then, he has a thriving stage career to keep him busy.

Watch the “Smash” Series Finale:


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