Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) will tackle her first major television role on NBC’s musical drama Smash as Veronica Moore, a Broadway star who tussles with dueling divas Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty). In a statement, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said Hudson’s character ”will represent someone who reached their Broadway dream, but also paid a price for it.” News of Hudson’s casting on the series — which was much hyped in its debut but got bogged down by occasionally outlandish storytelling — comes a week after NBC announced that Jeremy Jordan of the Broadway hit Newsies will join the show as a regular. Smash, which averaged 6.7 million live plus same-day viewers last season, is currently in the midst of a reboot, having hired a new showrunner (creator Theresa Rebeck was replaced by Gossip Girl exec producer Joshua Safran) and let go some polarizing characters, including Jaime Cepero’s Ellis, Brian d’Arcy James’ Frank, and Raza Jaffrey’s Dev. No word on whether Hudson’s Veronica will compete with Karen and Ivy for the role of Marilyn Monroe when Smash returns in early 2013, but that’s definitely a twist we’d watch.
Posted January 17 2015 — 5:04 PM EST
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