Smash season 2 premieres with a special two-hour event on Tuesday, February 5 at 9pm on NBC. With a month to go before the show returns, the cast, including stars Jack Davenport, Anjelica Huston, Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty, Christian Borle, Jeremy Jordan, Leslie Odom, Jr., Krysta Rodriguez and Andy Mientus, along with executive producers Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Joshua Safran, spoke at TCA 2013 about what we can expect in the second season.
"Bigger, More Music."
First up, Josh Safran, who came on as EP after the first season, talked about what it was like to come on to the show. He said, "It was great to come in and play in this world. I got to watch it as a viewer for the first season." Regarding changes that the showrunners have made to Smash, Safran said, "Changes-wise I don't think it's changed that much," and that "the stuff from last year you loved is still there." The only changes he says they made were to make it "bigger, [with] more music, [and] younger in some regards to some cast members."
He also said, "We have more original music, more original sequences per episode," and "If you look at Broadway now it is a bigger world view, and I wanted to reflect that."
Craig Zadan also talked about the changes that the show has undergone and the troubles the show had in season one. "When we felt that things were going off- kilter, we would read about them in blogs, and we would say 'if we could be lucky to come back in season 2, wouldn't it be great to have the opportunity to fix those thing?" Zadan promised that those issues that some fans had trouble with in season one have been corrected in season 2.
"There's More Cute Boys This Year."
Also new to the show in season 2 is cast member Andy Mientus, who plays Kyle. His character isn't part of the singing cast, though. "I don't play a performer, which is cool for me, I play a writer. But they found a great way to let me sing as I am a singer as well," Mientus said. He also promised, "there's more cute boys this year."
Another addition to the cast this season will be Jennifer Hudson. On Hudson's appearance on the show, Safran said, "We are very, very grateful to have her." Cast member Megan Hilty added, "It was incredible to get to hear her up close, she is a force. Her voice is like no other. And she is really a great person on top of all of that talent."
"Great Opportunity to Play a Woman with 'Balls.'"
On her role, Angelica Huston said, "I think it's a lot more fun and easier to play a producer than it is to be a producer," adding, "I'm having a great time with my character." She said playing Eileen is a great opportunity to play a woman who has "balls."
As for what we can see from Karen and Eileen this season, Hilty responded, "I love our relationship because it's on a constant roller coaster. We have these beautiful moments and then someone goes and ruins it." Katharine McPhee added, "It makes sense after the end of the last season that our characters will be in their own separate worlds for a little while. Then they'll be coming back together and it will be interesting."
Check out the Smash season 2 trailer, which premiered at TCA 2013:
Do you think that Smash will change a lot in its second season? Are you excited about the changes that the show may have gone through are you excited to see what it will look like in its new season?
Smash season 2 premieres on Tuesday, February 5 at 9pm on NBC.