‘Smash’ Season 2 Picks Up ‘Newsies’ Star As Series Regular
'Smash' is going to be a very different show when it finally picks back up for a second season, and now we're starting to get a look at how. We already knew the big news that Raza Jaffrey and Jaime Cepero, actors behind the first season's most abhorred characters Dev and Ellis would make a discreet exit, as well as several others, but now season 2 is starting to shape up under new show-runner Josh Saphran. So, who's the latest to join the ensemble?
According to TVLine, Broadway 'Newsies' star Jeremy Jordan has officially joined the cast of 'Smash's sophomore season, set to bow sometime in early 2013. Jordan will play one of three earlier announced to be cast roles, that of a "sexy Brooklyn-born singer with a self-destructive streak," likely to serve as a replacement love interest for lead character Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee).
The other two new regulars - including aspiring Broadway actor Joe and chorus girl Courtney - have yet to be cast. The three new series regulars will fill the impressive gap left by departing cast of the first season, including Raza Jaffrey (Dev), Jaime Cepero (Ellis), Brian D'Arcy James (Julia's husband Frank) and Will Chase (Julia's lover Michael). As previously reported, season 2 will also see the departure of show-runner and creator Theresa Rebeck, with former 'Gossip Girl' EP Josh Safran stepping in.
Jordan was nominated for a Tony in 2012 for his role in 'Newsies' (which bless him, he'll continue even while filming 'Smash')' and has previously appeared in 'Law & Order: SVU' and the big screen's 'Joyful Noise.'
What say you? Do you think 'Smash' is shaping up for season 2 with the announcement of Jeremy Jordan, or should the show never have made it out of previews? Give us your ideas and reactions in the comments below!