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‘Smash’ Season 2 Casts Liza Minnelli as Herself, Of Course

Smash Season 2 Liza Minnelli
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Is Liza Minnelli embarking on a comeback tour?  Sure, plenty of theatre geeks would argue that she never left, but between recent returns to the 'Arrested Development' reunion and an upcoming guest spot on the second season of NBC's hit musical drama 'Smash,' we have to wonder.  The legendary singer and daughter of Hollywood icon Judy Garland will make an appearance in the new season, laying who else but herself, but what could Liza Minnelli bring to the characters of 'Smash?'

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NBC Releases Full Mid-Season Schedule, Who’s Returning?

NBC Midseason Schedule 2013
NBC

Just minutes ago we heard the glorious news that 'Community' would finally get its long-awaited return on Thursday, February 7, taking over for '30 Rock' after its final season run.  But what else of NBC's mid-season line-up?  What new series will premiere, and when will returning favorites like 'Smash' or 'Revolution' pick up again?  Head inside for all the details on NBC's initial 2013 line-up, or you'll be left out!

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‘Smash’ Season 2 Casts Another ‘Rent’ Star, Completely Wastes It

Smash Season 2 Daphne Rubin Vega
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Many eyes will be on the second season of NBC's oft-debated musical drama 'Smash,' not only for the immense cavalcage of guest stars lined up for the second season, but also to see if the series manages to overcome many of the criticisms hurdled at the first season.  Certainly, 'Smash' season 2 isn't at a loss for musical talent, the latest addition being former 'Rent' star and originator Daphne Rubin-Vega, but what about her appearance will inevitably disappoint fans?

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‘Smash’ Season 2 Reprises Bernadette Peters

Smash Season 2 Bernadette Peters
NBC

Ah mid-season.  You tantalize us with your casting announcements, but all the fall season premieres in the world couldn't detract from you mysterious allure.  Wait, what were we talking about?  Oh, right.  By this point the second season of NBC's hotly anticipated Broadway drama 'Smash' is primed to explode if it throws in any more big name theatre talent, but thankfully the latest has already been 'Smash'ed once before.  Bernadette Peters will return to her season 1 role when the series picks up in 2013, but how long will she stick around?

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‘Smash’ Season 2 Adds A Touch of ‘Hairspray’ With Nikki Blonsky

Smash Season 2 Nikki Blonsky
NBC / New Line Cinema

Will the madness of 'Smash' season 2 never end?  The hit NBC series won't debut its re-vamped second season until sometime in mid-season, yet the casting news seems to come at no end.  Late last week we learned that Broadway vet and 'Law & Order' alum Jesse L. Martin would take a recurring role in the upcoming season, and now it seems 'Smash' has spritzed up another musical theatre star in 'Hairspray's Nikki Blonsky, but why is the role being kept so under wraps?

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‘Smash’ Season 2 Pays ‘Rent’ Casting Jesse L. Martin

Smash Season 2 Jesse L Martin
NBC / Columbia

We're less than five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes away from the season 2 premiere of NBC's hotly debated musical drama 'Smash,' but still the casting wheels keep on turning.  The series has experienced a number of cast and creative turnover since its first season, including either of Julia (Debra Messing)'s love interests, leaving plenty room to fill, but what former 'Law & Order' star and 'Rent' alum will cover her when season 2 premieres?

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‘Smash’ Season 2 Adds ‘Will & Grace’ Star, Because Of Course It Does

Smash Season 2 Sean Hayes
NBC / Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images

Well, that didn't take very long.  Just about ever since we knew that Debra Messing was making a regular return to TV, centered on theatre with NBC's 'Smash,' no less, we knew it to be a matter of time before the stars of Messing's former hit 'Will & Grace' put in an appearance.  However, Will won't be piping up just yet, rather Jack, as Sean Hayes has signed for a multi-episode arc!  Who will he play, though, and will he burst into song?

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‘Smash’ Season 2 Starts A Fire Between Debra Messing and ‘Rescue Me’ Vet

Smash Season 2 Daniel Sunjata
NBC / FX

Things might get pretty cold in New York City by the time 'Smash' season 2 raises its curtains, but things are only heating up for Debra Messing's Julia.  Earlier, we learned that actor Brian D'Arcy (ulia's husband Frank)  had officially departed the series, but now a former 'Rescue Me' star will start a fire in her heart.  How long will this one stick around, and will we hear him flex those pipes?

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‘Smash’ Season 2 Casts Yet Another Series Regular

Smash Season 2 Krysta Rodriguez
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'Smash' is going to be a very different show when it returns for season 2 in 2013, and now we've got a much clearer picture of how.  Previously, we learned that Dev, Ellis and Julia's husband Michael would make their exit, and that several new characters have been cast recently for series regular roles.  So, who's the latest to join the ensemble?

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‘Smash’ Season 2 Plot Details Emerge, A New Musical?

Smash Season 2
NBC

Considering that NBC musical hit 'Smash' only aired thirteen episodes beginning at mid-season this year, and won't return until 2013, it might be difficult to have a clear sense of the show given all the recent changes, and castings we've heard about.  Still, with so many season 1 plot lines thrown out the window, what's going to dominate 'Smash' season 2 when it bows next year? 

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