Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes : that’s what the Broadway wannabe stars of Smash are about to sing! The show isn’t coming back until midseason, but we already have plenty of news indicating that the show is shaking up its cast and crew for its second season. Who’s leaving? Who’s coming? Be up to date with the latest moves with this recap…

In late March, we learned that Theresa Rebeck, creator and showrunner of the NBC sensation, was leaving to fulfill other duties for the Broadway scene. It was then announced that Gossip Girl executive producer Josh Safran would take over as the showrunner for the second season. And the indications were very clear: let’s bring some changes to the show, from the cast to the crew, including… the costume designer! So… who’s going to be missing when Smash hits our TVs next year?

They’re leaving!
They were two of the least popular characters during season one : Ellis (Jaime Cepero) and Karen’s boyfriend Dev will no longer be recurring characters. Though we still don’t know if both actors will be back to at least wrap up their storylines, their exit could be easily explained by the season finale: Ellis was fired, and Dev cheated (twice!) on Karen, prompting the new Marilyn to break up with him.
And it seems that she won’t be the only single woman of the group, since Julia’s husband Frank (Brian d’Arcy James) and her Broadway lover Michael Swift (Will Chase) won’t come back either for the second season. Does this mean Julia will be freshly divorced, or simply that her personal life won’t be discussed at all during the season? Let’s wait and see…

They’re coming!
Jeremy Jordan, a Broadway veteran (who’s been nominated for a Tony this year), will be among the three new series regular added for season 2. He is set to play the part of a “sexy, charismatic and musically gifted, but also self-destructive and remote” singer from Brooklyn. Another theater vet, Andy Mientus, will join him to play the role of Kyle, a poor kid who dreams big since he wants to write for Broadway!

Finally, Dreamgirls star and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will join fellow American Idol vet Katherine McPhee for a multi-episode arc next year! Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the actress will portray a Tony-winning Broadway star who is going to have an impact on both Karen and Ivy’s lives.

Will you be there to witness all the changes brought for the second season of Smash? Are you celebrating the departure of Ellis, or the end of Julia’s love triangle? Hit the comments with your thoughts!


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