March 12, 2012 4:24pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Smash': Nick Jonas Returning for Season Finale (Exclusive)
Nick Jonas is returning to Smash.
The singer-actor will reprise his guest starring role as Lyle West in the May 14 season finale of the NBC musical drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Jonas first appeared on the Feb. 27 episode as Lyle West, a hot sitcom star who started his career as a child actor starring in a Broadway show written by Tom (Christian Borle) and directed by Derek (Jack Davenport). During the episode, he struck a deal with Eileen (Anjelica Huston) to become an investor in the Marilyn Monroe musical at the center of the series.
Jonas told THR last month that there was "definitely" an opportunity for Lyle to return to the series. "Lyle's in this one episode and maybe he'll come back in the future and be involved in another episode. You definitely could see Lyle pop up," he said.
"I think that there has been talk about it, but I haven't really heard an official word yet," he said ahead of his guest turn, which was met with positive response from critics. "Hopefully we'll hear something soon. If they do have me back it really provides an opportunity for him to get deeper into it and kind of dig in and get more involved."
Smash has been on an upswing of late, most recently delivering its highest ratings in three weeks, nearly returning to is premiere numbers and pulling in a 2.7 in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic.
What do you think Lyle's return means for the production? Smash airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on NBC.