Smash returned to NBC on Tuesday Feb. 5 for its second season featuring an all-star cast that includes Debra Messing, Katharine McPhee, Angelica Huston and Megan Hilty.  In its short history the show has also established a precedent for welcoming an impressive array of guest stars.  Last year Uma Thurman (The Producers), Nick Jonas (Jonas) and Bernadette Peters (Gypsy) all had guest roles on the show.  

This year, Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy-winning actress-singer Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) will appear in a multi-episode arc as Veronica Moore, a Tony Award-winning Broadway star who impacts the lives of Karen and Ivy Lynn.  Emmy Award-winning actor Sean Hayes (NBC’s Will & Grace) will also recur as Terrence Falls, the star of the musical Liaisons who becomes a major thorn in the side for Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) and other characters.  Jesse L. Martin (NBC’s Law & OrderRent) will play Scott Nichols, the artistic director of a non-profit off-Broadway theatre.  Additionally, Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles) makes a cameo appearance and Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray) recurs as Margot, a Broadway producer’s assistant.

Watch the extended trailer for a first look at the season ahead and the exciting new faces.