When it comes to season 2 of “Smash,” the producers are definitely looking to make all sorts of connections. When they first cast Jennifer Hudson on the show, she obviously had a notable connection to Katharine McPhee in that they were both notable stars from the world of “American Idol.” Now, the producers are forging a connection between Hudson and a legend from the world of “Dreamgirls” — which eventually became a film that Hudson appeared in and won an Academy Award for.
According to Vulture, stage legend Sheryl Lee Ralph — who actually originated the role of Deena on the Broadway version of the show (which Beyonce Knowles played during the movie) — is going to be appearing on the NBC series in the role of Hudson’s mother. There’s also apparently another interesting connection when it comes to this casting, as Ralph also played a part in a movie that Hudson considers to be her personal favorite of all time — “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.”
These castings are really just a part of what is a rather enormous shake-up for a series that was met with mixed reviews during season 1. Josh Safran (“Gossip Girl”) has replaced Theresa Rebeck as showrunner, and he has already gotten rid of a number of old characters (including Frank and the much-maligned Ellis, who is a part of the picture above) and replaced them with some new faces. It’s going to be a very different vibe for the show, but hopefully this will translate to it being stronger and more consistent.
Are you excited about this casting, and how excited are you for season 2 to premiere next year? To check out who from “Will & Grace” is going to be joining Debra Messing on the show this season, be sure to read the story here.