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Meet Jeremy Jordan, The Newest Addition To 'Smash'

In the Season 2 premiere of " Smash " (Tuesdays, 10 p.m. EST on NBC), viewers met a number of new characters, but chances are the one that made the biggest impression was Jeremy Jordan's Jimmy, the belligerent barman who had an undeniable spark with Karen (Katharine McPhee). HuffPost TV sat down with Jordan -- a Broadway veteran who was nominated for a Tony Award for his leading role in "Newsies" last year -- in January to learn more about Jimmy's chemistry with Karen, his character's "dark" past, and the differences between jobs on the stage and the screen. Read More... //

Smash 2.0's 10 Big Changes: Upgrade or Downgrade?

A new showrunner! New cast members! No more Ellis! There has been hoopla surrounding the many changes made to Smash for months and on Tuesday, the lovers, and hate-watchers, finally got a peek behind the curtain at just what Smash 2.0 really is. So is it really a better show? Or is this tune still slightly off key? We weigh in on the musical drama's 10 biggest changes (so far)...  //

'Smash' Season 2: Megan Hilty says Ivy attempts to get her act together

If NBC's "Smash" really was a Broadway musical, it would return to New York now, its problems fixed on the road.The second season, launching Tuesday, Feb. 5, sheds plots that alienated fans and features new guest stars including Sean Hayes and Liza Minnelli. In the first three episodes, Jennifer Hudson sings amazing solos.New characters include Jimmy and Kyle (stage actors Jeremy Jordan and Andy Mientus), who are writing the musical "Hit List." Tune in just to hear Jordan belt; it proves why he's a Broadway star."Smash" is an odd hybrid -- a TV musical drama. It focuses on the behind-the-scenes work of mounting a Broadway musical. In this case, it's "Bombshell," about Marilyn Monroe.The first season had Ivy (Megan Hilty), the seasoned Broadway chorine, competing against Karen (Katharine McPhee), the ingenue, to play Marilyn. Though it looks as if Karen wins, nothing is certain.Trying to not spoil any plot points, Hilty acknowledges it is fair... //

Smash's New Boss Tries to Turn Hate-Watchers into Hope-Watchers in Season 2

All eyes are on Smash as the NBC musical drama prepares to unveil its second season on Tuesday (9/8c on NBC). But it's not because fans are dying to know whether Ivy ( Megan Hilty ) survived her possible pill overdose or if Karen ( Katharine McPhee ) ditched her cheating boyfriend — it's because fans are waiting to see just how much the Smash they loved, and more famously loved to hate, has changed its tune. Premiering on NBC a year ago with impressive critical acclaim and almost inescapable advertising, Smash follows the creation of Bombshell , a new Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, and the characters involved behind the scenes. Over the first season, ingénues Karen and Ivy tried to out-diva each other for the main role while juggling messy love lives, lyricist Julia ( Debra Messing ) cheated on...  //

Smash Season 2 Premiere “On Broadway; The Fallout”

Smash  season 2 premiere (NBC) "On Broadway; The Fallout" episode 1  & 2 airs Tuesday Feb 5 on NBC (9-11:00 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis: Back from a successful run in Boston, Eileen (Anjelica Huston), Julia (Debra Messing) and Tom (Christian Borle) are blindsided by both personal and professional obstacles as they seek to take "Bombshell" to Broadway. Karen (Katharine McPhee) consults her new mentor, Broadway star Veronica "Ronnie" Moore (guest star Jennifer Hudson), as she finds herself on the brink of fame, but her success may come at cost to Ivy (Megan Hilty). A new talent (Jeremy Jordan) is discovered in an unexpected place. Meanwhile, Derek (Jack Davenport) copes with a damaging accusation. Leslie Odom, Jr., Andy Mientus and Krysta Rodriguez also star. Jennifer Hudson, Harvey Fierstein, Thorsten Kaye, and Brian d’Arcy James guest star. READ MORE...

'Smash' Premiere Videos: Jennifer Hudson Performs 'Mama Knows Best,' Karen Discovers Jimmy and More

With season 2 of Smash premiering next week with a new showrunner, new cast members and a huge guest star in Jennifer Hudson, NBC is ramping up the promo machine by releasing five video clips from the two-hour opener, "On Broadway/The Fallout." //

'Smash' Season 2: Ellis will return... somehow

Is Ellis really going to return to "Smash" when the musical-theater drama returns for season 2? Most fans were elated to learn that this most despised of characters was done after a single season. So how does Ellis Boyd (Jaime Cepero) make his return?The answer may lie in the past.Josh Safran, the new "Smash" showrunner was quoted by TVLine as saying, "Ellis may return, but not necessarily in the present."Assuming that "Smash" isn't going all sci-fi on us with a jump to the future, a non-present appearance indicates that Ellis will be seen in some past event. Will there be flashbacks? Dream (or, in this case, nightmare) sequences? Will we see the man as an assistant again, or does he have some other role to play.The character of Ellis was one of many aspects of "Smash" that was changed after the end of its first season. After a long hiatus, the show will return... //

NBC Gives Fans Sneak Peek At ‘Smash’ Season 2 Premiere

NBC has decided to give  Smash  fans a sneak peek  of the musical drama’s second season  opener before the two hour premiere event makes it to air. The network plans to unveil 60 minutes of theBroadway theater  inspired series across multiple platforms on Monday, January 14th. Fans can tune in using on demand, and online through cable and satellite. The preview  will also be available on NBC websites, Hulu, iTunes, Amazon and Xbox. READ MORE...

'American Idol' Carrie Underwood would find it 'really tough' to do a 'Smash,' 'Glee' or 'Nashville'

Carrie Underwood knows some current drama series are fueled by music, but she's not sure she'd want to leap into such a show herself."Oh, gosh, I don't know," the superstar singer tells Zap2it. "If you play yourself on a show that's a super-drama, I wouldn't want people to think I was like that. There's a lot of meaty drama happening on those shows, so that would be really tough, to do something that was so close to my real life. There'd probably be a lot of stuff where I'd be like, 'I'm not going to say that! I'm not going to do that!'""American Idol" veteran Underwood notes she has "had my experience" doing a weekly show from her ultimately triumphant run in that contest. She allows she's been in such a whirlwind since -- also encompassing her two nominations for the title cut from her CD "Blown Away" in the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, which... //

'Smash' Season 2 Episode 1: Watch 'On Broadway' -- now with more original songs

"Smash" finally returns to NBC on Tuesday, February 5, with its two-hour Season 2 premiere -- but you can watch the first episode "On Broadway" right now, right here on Zap2it. Watch the full episode in the player above."On Broadway" marks the first episode with former "Gossip Girl" executive producer Josh Safran at the helm. Last week, he told reporters that while he did make a few significant changes to the show, most notably adding some younger cast members to the mix, he hopes it still feels like the "Smash" you loved in Season 1."I don't really think it's changed that much," says Safran. "I think that the stuff from last year that you loved is still there, and the stuff from last year that maybe some people thought ... went off on tangents, we looked at and we sort of tried to find a way to circle back together. It still is the same... //