Jennifer Hudson to Guest Star on Smash

Entertainment Jun. 25, 2012 AT 12:40PM
Jennifer Hudson attends the 11th annual Samsung Hope For Children Gala at the American Museum of Natural History on June 4, 2012 in New York City. Jennifer Hudson attends the 11th annual Samsung Hope For Children Gala at the American Museum of Natural History on June 4, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Jerritt Clark/FilmMagic

It's an American Idol reunion!

When Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson guest stars this fall on NBC's Smash -- premiering midseason -- she'll do so alongside fellow American Idol alum Katharine McPhee.

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Tapped to appear in a multi-episode arc starting with the second season premiere, 30-year-old Hudson -- who placed seventh on Idol in 2004 -- will guest star as Veronica Moore, a Tony Award-winning Broadway star who'll have scenes with both Karen (McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty). McPhee was crowned Idol's fifth season runner-up behind champ Taylor Hicks in 2006.

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"This series is a showcase for some of the best musical talent in the business and that's a fitting description for Jennifer Hudson," NBC's entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. "Her character will represent someone who reached their Broadway dream but also paid a price for it."

Smash's executive producer, Steven Spielberg, has high hopes that the Dreamgirls standout will make for must-see TV as she follows in the footsteps of season 1's guest star Uma Thurman. "First Dreamgirls, now Smash. I have no doubt Jennifer will continue to deliver even more inspiration to the audience responsible for giving us a second season on NBC," Spielberg said.

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Hudson's casting comes one month after it was revealed season 1 regulars Raza Jaffrey (Dev), Jaime Cepero (Ellis), Brian d'Arcy James (Frank) and Will Chase (Michael Swift), would not be returning for the new episodes.

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