Smash returns to NBC for its second season tonight, with a 2-hour premiere. After seeing watching the first two hours, I can attest that the beating heart of this soap-opera drama is still alive and well with Broadway’s “Bombshell” black sheep.
Without giving away too many spoilers here are a few Focus Points on tonight’s 2-hour tv-theatre extravaganza.
Jennifer Hudson is amazing
Jennifer Hudson makes her Smash debut as Veronica Moore, a Tony Award winner who offers Karen (Katharine McPhee) some sage advice. In addition to a riveting solo performance of “Momma makes three,” Hudson ushers Karen into the hearts of Broadway’s elite with a duet.
If you expected something dramatic from the Ivy pill-popping cut at the end of Smash‘s frosh season, think again. Season 2 takes place after the ensemble has returned to New York. Ivy is still a key character so you won’t see any drug-induced actor depression. She’s a little more humble this season even if she’s treated like the bastard stepchild.
Karen vs Ivy
We’ll see an interesting change in the Karen vs. Ivy relationship. Ivy’s done a lot of growing since she slept with Karen’s fiancee, but forgiveness takes time — a lot of time.
Julia (Debra Messing) and Frank (Brian d’Arcy James)
Can Julia and Frank really get past Julia’s indiscretions? Just ask yourself, would it be a soap opera if they could? Julia may be trying her best to patch things up, but it all boils down to Frank to make the decision. Can he really live as second fiddle to Julia’s stage family?
Eileen (Anjelica Huston) has to lawyer up
The problems with “Bombshell” extend beyond cast, crew and creative difficulties. Eileen has been struggling with financing the film since the beginning. At the start of Season 2, she’ll face new problems that may force her into some unholy allegiances.
There’s a NEW Julia and Tom (Christian Borle) Creative Team
Meet Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) and Kyle (Andy Mientus), two bartender friends, who dream of becoming the next big theatre hit. Unfortunately, Jimmy has a chip on his shoulder, named Brooklyn School of Hard Knocks.
Margo Martindale makes a guest appearance
Around the office, we’re all a part of the Margo Martindale fan club ever since she appeared as Mags Bennett on Justified. We’ll see her in the second hour of tonight’s 2-hour premiere. It’s a small role, but she’ll have a “fun” scene with Tom and Julia.
Tom still spineless
Ah, Tom. If he could only tell the truth at the right time or keep secrets when they should stay buried, he might not find himself engulfed outlandish lies once a season. The lies never last long because as spineless as Tom is, he has the best intentions in mind.
Derek’s womanizing catches up with him
Derek beds just about every girl with a heartbeat, but his sexual indiscretions will catch up with him this season. Unfortunately, we’ve been seeing sparkles between Karen and Derek since her first “home audition.” Sorry Karen, you can’t teach an old-dog director new tricks.
The Smash 2-hour season premiere starts at 9/8C on NBC.