Hit NBC series “Smash” is picked up for a second season and beefs up its musical talents but not before exiting four previous cast members. It shouldn’t be a big loss to series because they are picking up J HUD to carry the load!
Jaime Cepero(Ellis), Raza Jaffrey(Dev) and Brian D’Arcy James were all dropped from season two. Gossip Girl’s Josh Safran boarded as Showrunner in April.
Hudson will make her debut in the Season 2 premiere slated for midseason. The Idol Finalist and Golden Globe/Grammy winner will join Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan.
“First Dreamgirls,’ now Smash. I have no doubt Jennifer will continue to deliver even more inspiration to the audience responsible for giving us a second season on NBC,” executive producer Steven Spielberg said. “It’s wonderful to be reunited with her at DreamWorks Television and NBC.”
Hudson will play Veronica Moore, a Tony winning Broadway star who impacts the lives of Karen(Katherine McPhee) and Ivy(Megan Hilty).
“We’re thrilled to have Jennifer Hudson coming to Smash,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblat said. “This series is a showcase for some of the best musical talent in the business, and that’s a fitting description for Jennifer Hudson. Her character will represent someone who reached their Broadway dream but also paid a price for it.”
Jennifer Hudson’s credits include Sex in the City, The Secret Life of Bees and Dreamgirls.