August 08, 2012 3:13pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Smash' First Look: Jennifer Hudson Schools Katharine McPhee (Video)
While NBC is using the Olympics to launch freshman comedies Go On and Animal Practice, a new promo that aired Tuesday night offered a first look at Jennifer Hudson making her debut on Smash.
Hudson, an Oscar winner for Dreamgirls, will play Veronica Moore, a Tony-winning Broadway star who impacts the lives of Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty) in a multiple-episode role.
At about the 20-second mark in the video, which promotes NBC's new and returning drama fare as well as reality competition The Voice, Hudson offers McPhee's Karen some wise words of wisdom: "Someone's always waiting to take you down, honey."
The brief scene is the first footage NBC has released of Hudson's debut on the second-year Broadway drama, which on Wednesday added Grey's Anatomy's Daniel Sunjata in a recurring role as the love interest to Debra Messing's Julia.
Sunjata joins a plethora of newcomers to the series under new showrunner Josh Safran (Gossip Girl).
Broadway player Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus, Jeremy Jordan and Hudson have joined the series as the drama undergoes a creative reboot that will see Season 1 co-stars co-stars Brian d'Arcy James (Frank), Jamie Cepero (Ellis), Raza Jaffrey (Dev) and Messing's former on-screen love interest Will Chase (Michael Swift) exit.
Sunjata (Rescue Me) is repped by UTA, Principal Entertainment and Schreck Rose. EW first reported his casting.
Smash returns midseason on NBC. Watch the video featuring Hudson's debut, below.