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'Smash' Season 2 changes: 'Bigger, younger and more music' -- but 'the stuff you love is still there'

'Smash' Season 2 changes: 'Bigger, younger and more music' -- but 'the stuff you love is still there' "Smash" faced the music today (Jan. 6): At the TCA press tour, the cast and producers took to the stage to address television critics' concerns about its first-season nosedive -- and the changes its new showrunner, Josh Safran, has implemented for Season 2. Safran was diplomatic about the freshman flaws -- "interesting" was the closest he came to an actual critique of Season 1, which he called "exciting and thrilling to watch" as an audience member. "Changes wise," insists Safran, "I think it's [still] 'Smash': I don't think it's changed that much. Stuff from last year that you loved is still there, and maybe stuff people thought went off on tangents we've looked at [and] sort of tried to find a way to put back together. "But it still is the same Smash, [but] maybe bigger,...

Video: New "Smash" Trailer

The show's second season kicks off Tuesday, February 5 with a two-hour premiere.

Check Out 'Smash' Season 1 On DVD With Ultraviolet Jan. 8

"Smash" is a musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire - to be a "Smash...

Smash's Sophomore Season Surprises

Smash executive producers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman 's high-energy music and lyrics for the show's fictional play Bombshell helped earn the NBC drama a Golden Globe nod for Best Comedy/Musical. For Season 2, premiering February 5, the duo have composed tunes for other faux Broadway shows that will compete with Bombshell for ticket sales as the Marilyn Monroe-themed production nears its premiere.

LOOK: Meet The Cast Of 'Smash' Season 2

" Smash " Season 2 is right around the corner, but you don't have to wait until February 5 to get a glimpse of the new cast. NBC has released several new promo photos featuring Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson and new cast members Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez and Andy Mientus. Gone from Season 2 are Debra Messing's scarves, Will Chase, Raza Jaffrey, Jaime Cepero and Brian D'Arcy James. Don't fret though: Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty -- along with their stellar voices -- are still around. Take a look at pictures from the new season below.

Rosie Heads To 'Smash'

Rosie O'Donnell will make a cameo appearance on " Smash ." O'Donnell, a self-described fan of the NBC musical drama, shared the news -- in all caps -- on Twitter. O'Donnell joins an impressive guest cast list for Season 2 of "Smash." Other guest stars include Liza Minnelli , Bernadette Peters, Jesse L. Martin, Jennifer Hudson and Sean Hayes. "Smash" recently picked up a Golden Globe nomination for Best Comedy or Musical . The series is up against "Modern Family," "Girls," "The Big Bang Theory" and Episodes." "Everyone who is involved with 'Smash,' whether on the outskirts or at the epicenter, is thrilled and dancing in the aisles this morning on this wonderful news," Steven Spielberg, executive producer of "Smash," said in a statement.

'Smash,' 'Mad Men' and other curious Golden Globes nominations and omissions

Wrap your head around this fact, if you will: "Smash" is nominated in one of the best TV categories for the 2013 Golden Globes, and "Mad Men" is not.They're not competing against one another -- "Mad Men" is in the drama field, and "Smash" got to compete with comedies because the Globes' comedy categories also contain the words "or musical." Unless, that is, the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association collectively assumed any comedy in the show was intentional.The Golden Globes always include a few head-scratching nominations and omissions, as might be expected for an awards show based on the whims of 90-some journalists who are throwing a big party. As such, it's hard to muster up as much outrage for the snubs of deserving works and inclusions of dubious ones.That doesn't mean, however, that it's not worth examining some of this year's most curious Golden Globes decisions:"Mad Men" vs. "The Newsroom": "Mad Men"...

NBC Hits the High Notes With Grammy Nominations for Adam Levine and Blake Shelton of 'The Voice', Jimmy Fallon and 'Smash'

NBC’s been making beautiful music this past year with its successful programming

'Smash': Old Rivalries, New Faces Take Center Stage in Season 2 Trailer (Video)

The extended trailer offers a first look at the rebooted drama under new showrunner Josh Safran.

Smash Season 2 Poster: Watch Your Back!

Smash doesn't return to NBC until February 5 (with a two-hour episode), but you can check out the first poster for the second season of the Broadway drama and its revamped cast right here and now: Returning from Smash Season 1 : Anjelica Huston (Eileen), Katharine McPhee (Karen), Jack Davenport (Derek), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Sam), Megan Hilty (Ivy), Christian Borle and Debra Messing (Tom and Julia). Not returning: Jaime Cepero (Ellis), Raza Jaffrey (Dev), Brian D’Arcy James (Frank) and Will Chase (Michael). New this season: Andy Mientus (writer Kyle), Jeremy Jordan (singer/Kyle’s best friend Jimmy), Krysta Rodriguez (Karen's roommate Ana), and Jennifer Hudson (Veronica, a new threat to Karen and Ivy). Also scheduled to appear in Season 2 as guest stars: Liza Minnelli (as herself), Sean Hayes (as a TV/film actor making his Broadway debut), Jesse L. Martin and Daniel Sunjata (Julia love interests), and Nikki Blonsky. Joshua Safran (Gossip Girl) will executive produce and serve as Season 2 show-runner. An extended sneak preview of Smash Season 2 will air during this coming Monday’s episode of NBC's The Voice ... during which none other than Jennifer Hudson serves as a mentor to the singers. Synergy, people. Synergy.