NBC’s Smash will be returning in just seven weeks! For those of you who are fans of the show, this is very exciting news of course. However, you will also be excited to know that NBC recently posted a behind-the-scenes video for season two.
This video gives fans an exclusive look at what is to come in season two. Plus, the cast talks a bit about the “new energy” Smash has going into the new season as they have a new showrunner and executive producer, Joshua Safran. Watch the behind-the-scenes video here.
Safran recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly and he revealed a little bit about season two and simple changes that were made to the overall feeling of the show. In the interview he states: “There’s no bowling alley sing-alongs. There are fantasy sequences, but so far not on the level of the Bollywood cover.”
Safran also addresses what was like replacing Theresa Rebeck and heading into a second season: “Coming into a show second season where there was so much discussion about positives and negatives about the first season gives you that rare chance to step back and go, ‘What can I change?’ So we were able to [revisit] things like the scarves. We address it head on.” Finally, he wanted to let fans know that things are not going to drastically change and he wanted to remain loyal to the overall feeling of the show: “As a viewer, I really loved the show. It’s literally just reaching in and moving the tiny pieces that weren’t connecting, the gears that weren’t fully aligned. But it’s small shifts. If you loved Smash last year, you are not seeing a radically different show. And that was important to me because I loved Smash last year.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Safran in the recent issue of Entertainment Weekly. What do you think of the behind-the-scenes video? What do you think of the interview with Josh Safran? Are you looking forward to season two of Smash? Also – take a look at this new cast poster that features cast members from season one and new cast members being introduced on the show during season two!
According to an article on Deadline, actor Jesse L. Martin has landed a reoccurring role on NBC’s hit musical television drama Smash. He will be playing a character named Scott Welker whom is an Artistic Director of a theater company and he has history with a couple of the other characters on the show. Other guest stars that will be joining Smash this season include Jennifer Hudson, Sean Hayes, and Jeremy Jordan.
Martin’s previous film and television credits include Law and Order, Rent (2005), and he was most recently in Joyful Noise. Plus, he is heavily involved in Broadway shows and he great credentials as he was also an original cast member the musical Rent.
Do you think Jesse L. Martin will make a good edition to the cast of Smash? Are you looking forward to season two?
For those of you how have been watching NBC”s Smash and following the casting news for season two, you know that four members of the cast will be leaving early on in the new season. Two of those cast members are Brian d’Arcy James (who played Debra’s husband Frank Houston) and Will Chase (who played Debra’s lover Michael Swift).
This means that there is no love interest for Debra Messing’s character Julia Houston, until it was announced by NBC that actor Daniel Sunjata is joining the second season in a recurring role playing the new love interest. Sunjata has had roles in television shows such as FX’s Rescue Me and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, and his film credits include The Devil Wears Prada, Gone, One for the Money and most recently he was in The Dark Knight Rises.
Two other actors that will we be joining this season are Jennifer Hudson and Krysta Rodriguez.
What do you think of this casting choice? Are you looking forward to season two of Smash?
It was recently announced that Dreamgirls’ Jennifer Hudson has been cast in a multi-episode arc as a Broadway star. An Entertainment Weekly article gives some detail about her character and what is to be expected in the second season:
“NBC’s Smash is getting another American Idol veteran. Actress-singer Jennifer Hudson is joining NBC’s musical drama for a multi-episode arc next season.
Hudson will portray “Veronica Moore,” who’s described as a Tony Award-winning Broadway star who impacts the lives of Karen (fellow Idol vet Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty). “This series is a showcase for some of the best musical talent in the business and that’s a fitting description for Jennifer Hudson,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. “Her character will represent someone who reached their Broadway dream but also paid a price for it.”
Hudson won an Oscar for her role in Dreamgirlsand picked up a Grammy for her self-titled debut album. Added executive producer Steven Spielberg: “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.”
Smash, one of several NBC shows getting a new showrunner next season, is expected to return to the network’s schedule in early 2013.”
Do you think Hudson will do a good job on the show? Are you looking forward to seeing her on the show?