As the cliche goes, success is the best revenge. Last month, NBC cancelled "Go On," "Smash" "The New Normal" and on Tony night, CBS thought it would be sweet to give the show's stars the chance to gloat in a cheeky parody medley courtesy of Michael John LaChiusa. The number began with Andrew Rannells hob-nobbing with Neil Patrick Harris about his transition from Tony nominated Broadway star to failed NBC sitcom star. They were joined by Megan Hilty, who at least got two seasons out of NBC's "Smash" (and won a fictional Tony, after never having been nominated for the real thing). And, finally, "Gypsy" Tony winner Laura Benanti came out to lament the consecutive cancellations of "The Playboy Club" and "Go On." All three NBC veterans were funny and spectacular, particularly Hilty on a verbose take-off on "What We Did For Love." The number let Broadway celebrate its talented veterans, let CBS celebrate NBC's failures and, with Harris, let CBS revel in the long-running success of "How I Met Your Mother." Everybody wins!
- Dan Fienberg