American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson is set to join fellow Idol Katharine McPhee for a multi-episode arc in the second season of NBCâ€™s hit musical drama â€œSmash.â€
The 30 year-old actress/singer, who won a Golden Globe and Oscar for her role in â€œDreamgirlsâ€ back in 2006, will play Veronica Moore, a Tony-winning Broadway star.
“We’re thrilled to have Jennifer Hudson coming to Smash,” Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, says in a statement. “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.”
Steven Spielberg, executive producer of Smash who worked with Jennifer on â€œDreamgirls,â€ is also very pleased with the new addition to the cast, which includes stars like Katharine, Debra Messing, Jack Davenport and Megan Hilty.
Steven Spielberg adds, “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.”
â€œSmashâ€ season 2 will premiere in early 2013.
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