- Last Updated: 11:47 PM, June 30, 2012
- Posted: 11:43 PM, June 30, 2012
“Smash” star Debra Messing isn’t letting shakeups at the NBC series worry her in the off-season. “In a way, it feels like we are starting our first season again,” she told us. Show creator Theresa Rebeck and actors Raza Jaffrey, Jaime Cepero, Brian d’Arcy James and Will Chase are all not returning for the second season. Jennifer Hudson, meanwhile, is slated to guest-star. “I voted for her on ‘American Idol,’ ” Messing said last week at a charity gala. Tony Award winner Michael Mayer — who directed the show’s early episodes but is leaving — told us he’ll take a break from musicals for his new TV projects. “I did it for a whole year on ‘Smash,’ ” he said.