News | Krysta Rodriguez joins Smash season 2; Leslie Odom Jr made series regular

We have a great dollop of Smash news for you this morning, as there’s one brand new regular in Krysta Rodriguez, and a promotion for last year’s recurring Leslie Odom Jr. There’s plenty of new blood already on board for season 2, with Jeremy Jordan and Jennifer Hudson previously hopping on.

Now, Broadway veteran Rodriguez, best known for her role in The Addams Family, will play Karen’s enthusiastic new roommate Ana. Of course, she has dreams of making it big in New York, which we’re sure will cause some friction between her and the other characters.

And Leslie Odom Jr has been boosted from recurring to regular as Sam, who was introduced as a friend of Ivy’s before becoming a romantic interest for Christian Borle’s Tom. Jamie Cepero (Ellis), Raza Jaffrey (Dev), Brian D’Arcy James (Frank) and Will Chase (Michael) have been dropped for the second series, to premiere mid-season. [Deadline] [TV Line]

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