It looks like Katharine McPhee is no longer going to be the only former “American Idol” finalist to have a part on “Smash” — she has just been officially joined by an Oscar-winner who got sent home on the reality show far before it was her time.
NBC has confirmed that Jennifer Hudson will be on board the show for an extended season 2 arc as Veronica, who is a Tony-winner and a major Broadway star who becomes involved somehow in the lives of both McPhee’s Karen and Megan Hilty’s Ivy.
In a statement, the network’s head of programming Robert Greenblatt certainly made his excitement clear about having someone of Hudson’s caliber on the show next season:
“We’re thrilled to have Jennifer Hudson coming to Smash … This series is a showcase for some of the best musical talent in the business and that’s a fitting description for Jennifer Hudson. Her character will represent someone who reached their Broadway dream but also paid a price for it.”
Hopefully, Hudson will be able to both bring in some new viewers to the series while simultaneously making it feel fresh for those who tuned in throughout the first season and felt a little bit let down. This move is just the latest in what has been a massive overhaul for the show — many faces are now gone from the series, who let go of three characters in Ellis, Dev, and Frank while also bringing in some other new faces.
What do you think about Hudson’s casting, and could she in your mind actually save a show that got more negative than positive headlines during its first season?