NBC’s ‘Smash’ season 2: ‘Newsies’ star to become new series regular

A new addition!

When we first reported following the “Smash” finale that producers were (rightfully?) getting rid of both Ellis, Dev and (unfortunately) Frank — there were going to be some replacements to go along with it. Now, we know just who one of those replacements will be.

Former “Newsies” star Jeremy Jordan has (per TVLine) been cast as a series regular for season 2 in the role of a attractive singer from Brooklyn who may very well get the attention of many of the ladies. Let’s just hope that everyone on the show doesn’t end up hooking up with him — we’ve already seen plenty of people sleeping around and there are plenty of other storyline they can explore instead.

Anyone who watched the first season of the show already knows that there are problems with the show that run far deeper than just one or two characters. New showrunner Josh Safran (“Gossip Girl”) has his work cut out for him in trying to make some of these people actually consistent from one episode to the next, and also make some people a little moreĀ  likable (see: Ivy) who season 1 showrunner Theresa Rebeck turned from an ambiguous character into a spitfire and at times a nonsensical villain.

Hopefully, this casting will mark the beginning of a mass turnaround for a show that still has the potential to be a perennial Emmy favorite. There’s nothing on TV quite like it (yes, even “Glee“), and we already know that there are other major casting changes that are coming over the next few weeks. We also have plenty of time to wait — NBC unveiled its fall schedule earlier Thursday, but this production is not going to start singing again until early 2013.

Tell us — do you think that Jordan can actually help to save this show, and what else do you think needs to be done in order to make this show the “Smash” hit (pun intended) that it deserves to be?

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