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TheDailyBeast: The Most Anticipated Culture Events of 2013

Jennifer Hudson on ‘Smash’

Feb. 5 on NBC

When "Smash" premiered last winter, it was a dazzling, glossy, riveting beacon of hope that, even though "Glee" had completely cheesified itself into a messy after-school special, the musical-TV genre could still be good. Even great. But for-the-love-of–Patti LuPone did "Smash" become a nonsensical, dreary creative disaster. Thankfully for Season 2, Smash has ditched last year’s showrunner, excised its most ridiculous characters, and added an Oscar-winning force of nature to the cast. If early trailers are any indication, Jennifer Hudson, who is joining to play a Broadway diva, could bring the jolt of energy and larger-than-life spectacle that the show sorely needs to become a smash again.



(Will Hart/NBC)
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