'Smash' series finale: Megan Hilty doesn't want 'a lot of hate mail'

"Congratulations! You're pregnant."That bombshell -- as it were -- ended the next-to-last episode of NBC's "Smash," and it sends Broadway star Ivy Lynn into Sunday's (May 26) two-hour finale with very conflicted emotions. As played by actual Great White Way veteran Megan Hilty, Ivy has become the toast of New York as Marilyn Monroe in the musical "Bombshell," but the unexpected news from her doctor is among the things she must deal with before the series' final curtain comes down."I'll be in Hawaii" watching the finale's broadcast, a cheerful Hilty tells Zap2it. "I'm going to go to the bar with my boyfriend and all my friends, and we'll watch it at the resort." That will follow the stint Hilty had Thursday (May 23) and Friday (May 24) with the Boston Pops at the city's Symphony Hall, certainly including show tunes in the program.Hilty says she had fair warning about Ivy's surprising doctor's phone call, regarding...

Smash Scoop: Bernadette Peters Returning in Season 2

A familiar face is returning for Smash 's second season. Bernadette Peters will reprise her role as Leigh Conroy, the mother of Megan Hilty 's Ivy, Vulture reports. Peters will...

Nikki Blonsky Heads to Smash

Smash has tapped another musical veteran for its upcoming season. Nikki Blonsky , who starred in the 2007 film version of Hairspray , has landed a recurring role in NBC's Broadway drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter .  Though there's no word on who she'll be playing, Smash star Wes Brown broke the casting news by tweeting a picture of the actress on set.

'Rent' Star Jesse L. Martin Joins 'Smash' in Recurring Role

"Smash" has added some more Broadway talent to its upcoming second season. Jesse L. Martin, an original cast member from the Broadway production of the NBC musical drama for a six-episode arc, the network said Friday.

Leslie Odom Jr. Bumped to Series Regular on Smash

It looks like love will continue to be in the air for Smash 's second season. Leslie Odom Jr . has been promoted to series regular, Deadline reports. Odom was introduced in the first season as Sam, one of Ivy's chorus friends who started dating composer Tom Levitt ( Christian Borle ).

'Smash': Jaime Cepero's Ellis and Raza Jaffrey's Dev are out as Season 2 regulars - report

Good news for Ellis haters everywhere! The annoyingly devious assistant played by Jaime Cepero on NBC's "Smash" is expected to leave the show, reports Also out: Karen's (Katharine McPhee) cheating fiance Dev (Raza Jaffrey).Sources say the two will not be back as regulars in the show's second season; however, it's possible that one or both could return for an episode or two to wrap up their story lines -- but nothing more.The network had no comment regarding the actors' reported departure, but NBC would be wise to ditch these two. Fans were put off when Dev cheated on Karen with her arch nemesis Ivy (Megan Hilty), and nearly everyone has loathed Ellis and his meddling since the show's inception.NBC plans to delay the return of Smash till mid-season.Do you think the show will be better without Ellis and Dev?...

'Smash' Season 2 adds three new regular cast members

Looks like NBC's "Smash" is making room for more new faces. According to TVLine, in addition to new show runner Josh Safran, the show is casting for three new series regulars.The new characters are as follows:- Courtney, an African-American chorus member in her mid- to late-20s with a strong voice. She is "incredibly attractive and confident, but also open-minded and non-judgmental."- Danny, a straight, working-class Brooklynite in his mid-20s. He is "sexy, charismatic and musically gifted, but also self-destructive and remote." Those auditioning must have the skills to sing in a rock and/or soul style.- Joe, a Brooklyn-born guy in his early to mid-20s. He is "gay, very cute, incredibly open and optimistic."Any ideas for casting? How do you think the new folks will play into any of the Season 1 cliffhangers?...

‘Smash’ Cleans House for Season 2

As many are saying since the announcement broke…let the bloodbath begin. Four characters on the NBC series  Smash  are expected to leave the show when the musical  drama returns next fall for its second season . And, their departures will undoubtedly not be disappointing to many of the viewers of the series. Who is leaving, you ask? Well, according to  Entertainment Weekly , philandering fiancé Dev (Raza Jaffrey) and devious assistant Ellis (Jaime Cepero) will no longer be regular cast  members on the show, but it is possible one or both actors could appear in an episode or two to wrap up their storylines. The plan is to have neither character as a recurring presence in the show’s new-and-improved second season. Read More...  

'Smash' Season 2: Debra Messing and Leslie Odom Jr. theorize

If it were up to Leslie Odom Jr., the second season of "Smash" will focus on a new character as Marilyn -- chorus member Sam. "They write a new musical for Sam, it is called 'Let ME Be Your Star,'" he jokes to Zap2it on the red carpet at the NBC upfront presentation in New York City on May 14.In all seriousness, Debra Messing has a few wishes for her character, "Bombshell" composer Julia: "I would like to see things lighten up a little bit for Julia. She's been through the wringer -- a lot of crying, so I think it would be great if there was reason to laugh a little bit."A fair request. Messing says she'd also like to work with one of the many talented "Smash" cast members she hasn't gotten to act alongside just yet. "It's a big ensemble, so being able to interact with other actors in the cast that...

Smash Ends on a High Note

OK, Smash , we take it back. Well, some of it. Since you showed up with that amazing pilot, things have been up and down. Mostly down. You just never seemed to get back on track after Karen's trip back to Ohio and as the weeks went by, you got weirder. Chinese babies?