NBC’s ‘Smash’ finale reaction: Will [spoiler] return for season 2?

Let's hope for a happier season 2.

Monday night’s season finale for “Smash” did contain a number of surprises, with two of the most shocking ones being that we saw the set-up for exits from both Ellis as well as Ivy.

So are either one of these characters really going to saying goodbye to the Broadway world for season 2? Don’t count on it. We’ve already told you that the tentative plan is for Ellis (as loathsome as he may be) to have a role still when the show returns at midseason next year, and Megan Hilty also suggested at the NBC upfront presentation (per The Huffington Post) that her mere presence at the event was a strong indicator that she would return.

Hilty also suggested that like everyone else, she would like to see her oft-villainous character find a happy place moving forward:

“I want to see Ivy kind of get it together a little bit and have something she can really celebrate and not feel threatened by anything … I would also like to see her have a nice boyfriend, one who’s like really nice to her.”

Even with these two characters staying on board, there are still a plethora of other changes. Josh Safran (“Gossip Girl“) is taking over as the new showrunner, and we know there are going to be major adjustments when it comes to how the episodes flow, the way in which the characters are featured, and even the presentation of musical numbers.

While season 1 was occasionally a bit of an uneven mess, are you still excited for what is coming up next?

Photo: NBC

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