The second season of NBC’s Broadway-themed show “Smash” will premiere in February of next year, though it will be in a new timeslot.
A two-hour season premiere episode will debut on Tuesday, February 5 at 10 Eastern/9 Central. The show will replace “Parenthood” in NBC’s lineup, which ends its fourth season in January.
The majority of the stars of the show will return for the second season, including Debra Messing, Megan Hilty, Christian Borle and former “American Idol” runner up Katharine McPhee. Additionally, new stars will appear for the season including Jeremey Jordan, Sean Hayes, Jesse L. Martin, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Nikki Blonsky, Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus, Daniel Sunjata and Jennifer Hudson. The latter also became widely known from her appearance on “American Idol” – she was a finalist during the 2004 season of the show.
Broadway.com reports that the second season of the show will move away from the Marilyn Monroe musical that was featured in the first season. The new season will focus on a musical adaptation of “Les Liasons Dangereuses.”
Earlier this year the show was nominated for four Emmy Awards: Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Music Composition for a Series, Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics, and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (for Uma Thurman). The show won the Outstanding Choreography category for choreographer Josh Bergasse.
The show was the third-highest rated new drama debut during the 2011-2012 TV series, finishing behind “Once Upon a Time” and “Touch” in the ratings. A DVD box set containing the entirety of season one will be released January 8, 2013.
The news of the return of “Smash” comes with the revelation of the entirety of NBC’s mid-season lineup. Other notable show that will be coming back include “The Voice” (Monday, March 25) and “Community” (Thursday, February 7). The latter show was originally announced to be moving to a Friday night timeslot (after earlier cancellation rumors), but will now continue in its familiar Thursday night slot.