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NBC's 'Smash' brings the curtain down on several regulars

May 22, 2012 |  4:32 pm

The road to Broadway has ended for several members of NBC's musical drama "Smash."

Series regulars Raza Jaffrey, Jaime Cepero, Brian D'Arcy James and Will Chase will not be returning when the series returns for its second season. The exits follow the departure of creator and show runner Teresa Rebeck.

The characters played by the four actors were among the most heavily criticized, and many fans of the show, which explores the behind-the-scenes turmoil surrounding the making of a Broadway-bound musical about Marilyn Monroe, are likely to cheer their absence. 

Jeffrey played Dev, the fiance of actress Karen (Katherine McPhee), who slept with Ivy (Megan Hilty), Karen's chief rival, near the end of the season. Cepero was Ellis, an assistant who was also scheming and plotting.

James portrayed Frank, the put-upon husband of songwriter Julia (Debra Messing), while Chase played Michael, the married leading man who had a brief but obsessive affair with Julia.

There's a chance the charcters may show up in an episdoe or two to wrap up their story lines.

Are you happy these characters have been "Smash"d?


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Photo: The cast of "Smash." (l-r) Brian d'Arcy James as Frank Houston, Jaime Cepero as Ellis, Christian Borle as Tom Levitt, Megan Hilty as Ivy Lynn, Raza Jaffrey as Dev Sundaram, Katharine McPhee as Karen Cartwright, Debra Messing as Julia Houston, Jack Davenport as Derek Wills, Anjelica Huston as Eileen Rand. Photo by: Mark Seliger/NBC.