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So far on Smash, Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty) have only had to compete with each other — but that's all about to change! The second season will bring in vocal powerhouse and nearly-impossible-to-not-like Jennifer Hudson for a multi-episode arc as Veronica Moore, a character who has already achieved her Broadway dreams, but has paid a very dear price for them.

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“This series is a showcase for some of the best musical talent in the business and that’s a fitting description for Jennifer Hudson,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment.

We agree! Jennifer has already conquered movies, snagging an Oscar for her role in Dreamgirls, and music, with a Grammy for her self-titled debut album. Will her work on Smash give her the trifecta? More importantly, will the material on Smash be up to snuff with viewers (let alone the awards committee)?

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“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," Steven Spielberg said.

New showrunner Josh Safran has already made some favorable cuts (Jaime Cepero, Ellis and Raza Jaffrey, Dev), and the addition of a new character brought to life by Jennifer seems like yet another step in the right direction!

Smash comes back in early 2013… will you be watching?

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