While most of us spent the post-holiday weekend suntanning or lounging in the cool reassurance of central air conditioning, the folks behind NBC's problematic musical-drama "Smash" were continuing to right their wayward ship.
First came Deadline's report
that Leslie Odom Jr., who played Broadway dancer Sam (in addition to Ivy's BFF, Tom's boyfriend and one of the show's few decent-hearted souls), is getting a promotion to series regular for Season 2. Then, Deadline and other outlets including Entertainment Weekly
leaked the scoop that, in lieu of a fiance, Katharine McPhee's Karen acquires "spunky" new roomate Ana, portrayed by actual Broadway vet Krysta Rodriguez. Rodriguez' theater background tells us Ana will likely share Karen's penchant for spontaneously interrupting real conversation with schematic vocal outbursts.
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This rounds out (for now) a busy spring and summer thus far for "Smash," which also recently announced the blockbuster addition of Jennifer Hudson
. Whether these alterations, along with the presence of new Executive Producer Josh Safran
, make its return even marginally more watchable is anyone's guess. But as they say on the Great White Way, that's why major networks drain tremendous resources on 13 episodes twice annually to find out.
"Smash" Season 2 premieres at a TBD date this fall on NBC.