06/26/2012 01:01 pm ET

'Smash': Andy Mientus Joins Season 2, Plus More Changes

"Smash" is beefing up it Season 2 cast. Stage actor Andy Mientus has joined the NBC musical drama as a new series regular, according to TVLine.

Mientus will play Kyle, a Brooklynite writer with Broadway dreams. The new character will be best buds with another new addition, Jeremy Jordan's new character, Jimmy.

Kyle and Jimmy aren't the only new characters. Oscar winner and "American Idol" Jennifer Hudson will appear in multiple episodes as Veronica Moore, a Tony-winner who comes into the lives of Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty).

Season 2 of "Smash" will definitely look different from Season 1. Original cast members Jaime Cepero (Ellis), Raza Jaffrey (Dev) and Brian d'Arcy James (Frank) will not return in a regular capacity. But D'Arcy James confirmed he'll return for at least one episode.

Behind the scenes, "Smash" is also going through some changes. "Gossip Girl" executive producer Josh Safran has replaced Theresa Rebeck as showrunner and according to Vulture, the many scarves of "Smash" will also hit the road. Vulture reports Joseph Aulisi will be the new costume designer on the NBC series.

"Smash" will premiere sometime in early 2013 on NBC. Find out which other shows will be back by clicking through the slideshow below.

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