Smash continues to add fabulous to its cast for season two in what we can only hope is a shameless ploy to improve. Jesse L. Martin is the latest addition, Deadline reports, and he’ll recur as an artistic director at a theater company who’s involved with some of the characters. Does this mean Smash has to exist in a world where Rent has never existed? (Recall that Martin was the original Tom Collins.) It’s weird enough that Smash exists in a parallel universe where Bernadette Peters doesn’t exist, but if there’s anything we can state with certainty about Karen Cartwright, it’s that she lobbied hard for a solo in her eighth-grade chorus’s neutered rendition of “Season of Love.” Anyway, Jesse L. Martin! Hurrah.
Actor Jesse L. Martin attends the “Puncture” premiere at the Angelika Film Center on September 15, 2011 in New York City. Photo: D Dipasupil/Getty Images