Jennifer Hudson Set for Smash Run
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) will be guest starring on the second season of NBC’s Smash. The network announced she’ll have a multi-episode arc on the musical series beginning with the first episode of season 2.
According to NBC, Hudson will be playing a Tony Award-winning Broadway star named Veronica Moore. Veronica will have an impact on the lives of Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty).
“We’re thrilled to have Jennifer Hudson coming to Smash,” stated Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, in the official announcement. “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 added, “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 got her start as a contestant on American Idol, earned an Oscar for her performance as Effie White in the 2006 movie musical, Dreamgirls. She also picked up a Grammy for her first album and is now a bestselling author following the release of her memoir, “I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down.”
She’s currently preparing to work on the feature films, Lullaby and The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.
Smash is a musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire – to be a Broadway star.