Derek (Jack Davenport) asks guest star Ryan Tedder for help with a special project in Smash's "The Coup" episode.
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder will guest star as himself in Episode 8 of NBC's Smash. The OneRepublic frontman has written and produced songs for Beyonce, Adele and Kelly Clarkson, among several others.
Katharine McPhee's Karen has proved to be a team player, supporting on-screen boyfriend Dev (Raza Jaffrey) while still working her day job as a waitress as she waits for her big break.
Sexy and She Knows It
In the premiere episode, Karen had the opportunity to land the role of Marilyn by bedding director Derek (Jack Davenport) but took the high ground and landed in the show's ensemble -- at least for now.
Karen impressed producers early on with her stunning vocals but writer Tom (Christian Borle) threw his support behind Ivy (Megan Hilty), who performed the lead role as the creative team shopped the concept with early demos.
Karen in the Spotlight
Katharine McPhee's Karen will perform "Touch Me," a song written and produced by Ryan Tedder in the eighth episode of Smash.
McPhee's "Touch Me" rendition was first featured during an ad for Smash that aired during the Super Bowl.
Tedder as Himself
Ryan Tedder will portray himself in the March 26 episode of Smash.
The Sunny Side of Karen
Katharine McPhee stars as Karen, a member of the ensemble who has dreams of stepping into Ivy's (Megan Hilty) shoes as Marilyn Monroe in the Broadway musical at the center of the NBC drama.
Legging it Out
Katharine McPhee's Karen has thus far played by the rules as she slowly but surely earns the respect of the producers and cast members in the Marilyn Monroe production.