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Jennifer Hudson Joins Cast of ‘Smash’

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Following the dramatic trial for the murders of Jennifer Hudson‘s family, J-Hud is now engaging in some more drama — but the kind that’s reserved to the stage and screen. The ‘Where You At’ singer has just inked a deal to appear in the NBC musical series ‘Smash.’

Hudson will star alongside fellow ‘American Idol‘ alum Katharine McPhee in the show, which centers around the production of a Marilyn Monroe-themed staged musical. TV Line reports that Hudson will play Veronica, a Tony-winning Broadway star who impacts the lives of Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty). She’ll make her debut on the season premiere, slated to air in January 2013.

NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt was excited for J-Hud’s chance to show her stuff. “We’re thrilled to have Jennifer Hudson coming to ‘Smash.’ This series is a showcase for some of the best musical talent in the business and that’s a fitting description for Jennifer Hudson,” he said. “Her character will represent someone who reached their Broadway dream but also paid a price for it.” Sounds a bit like J-Hud’s Oscar-winning role in ‘Dream Girls,’ right?

‘Smash’ executive producer and living Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg added, “I have no doubt Jennifer will continue to deliver even more inspiration to the audience responsible for giving us a second season on NBC.”

We’re thrilled to see Hudson working on a show that’s right up her alley. Between her vocal prowess and acclaimed acting chops, she’s sure to be a ‘Smash’ in the series. (We’ll be here all week, folks.)

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