"Smash" has added another "American Idol" alumna to its cast ensemble. The Katharine McPhee-starring series has tapped Jennifer Hudson in a recurring role of Veronica Moore, a Tony Award-winning Broadway star who impacts the lives of Karen (McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty).
"We're thrilled to have Jennifer Hudson coming to 'Smash'," NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said on Friday, June 22. "This series is a showcase for some of the best musical talent in the business, and that's a fitting description for Jennifer Hudson. Her character will represent someone who reached their Broadway dream but also paid a price for it."
Executive producer Steven Spielberg chimed in, "First 'Dreamgirls', now 'Smash'. I have no doubt Jennifer will continue to deliver even more inspiration to the audience responsible for giving us a second season on NBC. It's wonderful to be reunited with her at DreamWorks Television and NBC."
Hudson, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Effie White in the 2006 film directed by Bill Condon, will make her first appearance on "Smash" in the season 2 premiere, which is slated for 2013 midseason. She joins real Broadway star Jeremy Jordan who has been early set to guest star as a very sexy Brooklyn-born singer with a self-destructive streak.