Tuesday night saw the highly-anticipated season two premiere of “Smash” on NBC. One of its heavily touted “must see” from various promos was the addition of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson. She made her debut as Veronica Moore, a Tony-winning star, who will appear in future episodes based on said promos. This makes the second “American Idol” alum to be a part of the musical series. No doubt “American Idol” fans will be pleased to know Hudson is in a number of scenes with fellow Idol Katharine McPhee (Karen Cartwright).
When the two first meet it’s after Ronnie’s (Veronica) stellar number of “Mama Makes Three” from the show “Beautiful.” Too bad there weren't more performances from Ronnie later on of this Broadway production. Karen and Derek go backstage where Ronnie gives the out-of-her-league Karen advice on being a Broadway star, which is later short-lived. Afterwards, Ronnie is about to step out while explaining to Karen “this will be you in six months.” It was a bit cheesy seeing the paparazzi going crazy, when that is more commonplace in Hollywood.
Later on Ronnie and Karen perform a duet at a party to announce “Bombshell.” It's from the awesome George Benson classic “On Broadway.” It was obvious Ronnie steamrolled Karen during her parts of this jazz song. Overall, a lot of deletions and additions were made to the cast that’s been heavily reported. Gone for good from season one is the overacting teenage son of Frank and Julia, the fish-out-of-water Dev (Karen’s boyfriend), and the ever smarmy Ellis (personal assistant to Eileen). Thankfully that made way for Jennifer Hudson’s grand entrance into “Smash.”