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James Hibberd
July 06, 2012 AT 10:00 PM EDT

NBC is firming up Smash 2.0. The musical drama is adding another character next season, giving Karen (Katharine McPhee) a roommate.

Broadway actress Krysta Rodriguez has joined the show as a series regular, playing Ana, Karen’s “fun and spunky new roommate” who’s also “an ensemble member in Broadway shows trying to make her mark.” Last season Karen lived with her boyfriend, Dev, one of several Smash characters expected to exit the show next season.

Rodriguez originated the role of Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family musical and appeared in several other productions as well. She joins fellow Smash newcomer Jennifer Hudson, who’s being added for a multi-episode arc. Smash is returning to NBC midseason.

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