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Jennifer Hudson picked to star in “Smash” season 2 to rescue its ratings decline

By DiMarkco Chandler

The NBC American musical drama series Smash is getting a second chance to live up to its early expectations. The show that revolves around the creation of a new Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe will feature Jennifer Hudson in its premiere episode of Season 2. According to network officials, the 30-year-old Hudson will play Veronica Moore, a Tony Award-winning Broadway star that “reached her Broadway dream but also paid a price for it,” according to NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt.

Hudson brings a fresh array of proven talents along with a loyal fan base that producers of the show must have calculated into their equation when deciding upon choices to replace last season’s dismissals, which ranged from Jaime Crepero, Raza Jaffrey and Brian D’ Arcy James.

Smash’s first season opened with rave reviews but rapidly slipped  from 11 million viewers down to 6 million in the weeks leading up to their season finale. Nevertheless, it remained a strong draw for its 10 p.m. time slot thus NBC executives opted to pick up another 15 episodes for season 2, which will air during the mid-2012/2013 season.

Hudson, whose accolades include being one of the finalists in Season 3 of American Idol, came in seventh place; Golden Globe winner, Grammy Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in her film debut in “Dreamgirls,” NAACP Image Award, BAFTA Award, and a Screen Actor Guild Award, “will,” according to executive producer Steven Spielberg, “deliver even more inspiration to the audience responsible for giving us a second season on NBC.”

Will you watch “Smash” this season?