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'Smash' Premiere: Jennifer Hudson Plays A Mentor Role

After a long break, " Smash " returned with a two-hour premiere that went out of its way to emphasize how much it had changed since the first season. Julia's husband drama was jettisoned, along with the husband -- she moved in with Tom! -- and she finally let go of those scarves. The most interesting change was in the dynamic between Karen and Ivy. With "Bombshell" experiencing a run in Boston to work out some kinks, Karen started getting some good press in the lead. Suddenly, she's a known commodity while Ivy has become the veritable nobody lost in her shadow. Read More... //feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/jyUgjgj6CL0/smash-premiere-jennifer-hudson-video_n_2627734.html

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... //feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/8izFt21BBuY/smash-jeremy-jordan-season-2_n_2625673.html

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)...  //www.tvguide.com/News/Smash-Season2-Changes-1060399.aspx?rss=breakingnews

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." //www.buddytv.com/articles/smash/smash-premiere-videos-jennifer-49025.aspx

'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... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/01/smash-season-2-ellis-will-return-somehow.html

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...

'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... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/01/smash-season-2-episode-1-watch-on-broadway----now-with-more-original-songs.html

Watch the Season 2 'Smash' Premiere Online and On Demand Now

The Golden Globe nominated Smash is getting an early preview, much like Bombshell had in Boston, only you can watch part one of the premiere from the comfort of your own home. NBC has released the first hour of the Smash premiere "On Broadway" now. The preview is available online, on demand, at NBC.com; Hulu, iTunes, Amazon and Xbox.  //www.buddytv.com/articles/smash/watch-the-season-2-smash-premi-48861.aspx

Smash's Second Season: A Tale of Two Musicals and Less Scarves

Bad news, Smash fans. You may not have seen the last of Broadway's most annoying assistant just yet. "Ellis is still alive," executive producer Neil Meron told reporters with a laugh at NBC's winter TV previews Sunday. "How could we forget Ellis?" Much to the contrary, the much-maligned character is just one... //www.tvguide.com/News/Smash-Season2-TCA-1058552.aspx?rss=breakingnews