Smash Season 2 Changes: More Music, Hot Guys, Fewer Scarves (VIDEO)

Are you excited for Smash Season 2? The musical drama returns to NBC on February 5 and at Sunday’s Television Critics association tour in Pasadena, the cast (including Katharine McPhee) and new showrunner, Josh Safran, were on hand to preview what we can expect from the new season.

There will be MORE music including at least a couple of original songs per episode and an eclectic mix of genres.

Katharine and her fellow Smash star, Megan Hilty, raved about Jennifer Hudson, who will guest star in 3 of the first four episodes as Broadway star, Veronica Moore. They described the Oscar winner and American Idol alum as “a force.”

Other guest stars set for season 2 are Liza Minelli, Sean Hayes and Bernadette Peters as Ivy’s mom.

Also HOT GUY ALERT.  Jeremy Jordan of Broadway’s Newsies will appear as Karen’s new love interest. Watch him belt a song (and melt Karen’t heart…OK and mine too) in the promo below.

A sidenote:  On her Idol experience, Katharine said, “I really did not know myself when I was on that show, as a musician, and that was a big challenge for me coming off the show, because I kind of wanted to be an actress … I didn’t realize I was supposed to have an identity as a musician [after I left] … If you’re not ready to that, you should probably try to figure out who you are [before auditioning].”

Check out a brand new Smash trailer below.  And read more (you might be happy to learn that Julia’s (Debra Messing)  scarves will be disappearing!) at The Hollywood Reporter, TV Guide, Huffington Post.

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