As promised, NBC has made the first half of the two-hour Smash Season 2 premiere episode available for preview a few weeks ahead of the scheduled February premiere date. The Broadway-focused drama adds Jennifer Hudson for a multi-episode arc and (spoiler alert!) the first hour of the second season includes an appearance by the Oscar winner, who joins her fellow former American Idol contestant Katharine McPhee in the NBC drama.

As we reported last week, NBC's giving fans of the series an early look at the second season premiere. Of course, you'll have to wait until February for the second hour, but those who want a glimpse of the drama before the February 5 premiere, you can watch the first half (technically 44 minutes when factoring out the ads) of "On Broadway" below.

It begins with Karen (Katharine McPhee) reminding us with a song that last year, she was the new Marilyn, and she's still fantastic. The first half of the premiere also gives us an earful of Jennifer Hudson's talent and the start of a new season's worth of drama (with some old issues still lingering and making waves). And if the title of the episode didn't get the song stuck in your head already, Hudson and McPhee's performance of "On Broadway" should've done the trick! And Ivy's cover of "Don't Dream It's Over" was fantastic. And I'm almost forgetting what she was like last season when she was on top. Almost.

The video is also available on Demand, via iTunes (to download for free) and a number of other platforms (including Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, XBox).

In Season 2, the “Bombshell” team is one step closer to achieving their Broadway dream. The Boston run was the success the team was hoping for, including producer Eileen Rand (Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston, “Prizzi’s Honor”), writers Tom Levitt (Tony Award winner Christian Borle, “Peter and the Starcatcher”) and Julia Houston (Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, “Will & Grace”), last-minute star Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee, “American Idol”) and director Derek Wills (Jack Davenport, “Pirates of the Caribbean”). But, they are all about to learn even a charmed show cannot avoid paying for sins of the past.

Will Eileen get away with mixing business and pleasure with her shady paramour, Nick (guest star Thorsten Kaye)? Will Julia’s marriage to Frank (guest star Brian d’Arcy James) survive the revelation of her infidelity? Will actress Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty, “9 to 5: The Musical”) bounce back from the shame of losing the lead role to rival Karen and bedding her fiancé in retaliation? And will Tom and Julia’s long-time partnership endure the changing tides of opportunity?

Smash's full two-hour season premiere debuts February 5 at 9:00 p.m. ET at 9:00 p.m. on NBC.

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