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Sheryl Lee Ralph Will Play Jennifer Hudson's Mother In NBC's 'Smash'

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 14, 2012 7:59 PM
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Sheryl Lee Ralph

Following the June announcement that Jennifer Hudson will be joining the cast of NBC's musical drama Smash, in a multi-episode arc for next season, comes news that Sheryl Lee Ralph has been cast to play her mother on the series, Vulture learned earlier today.

J-Hud will play Veronica Moore, a Tony Award-winning Broadway star whose presence directly influences the lives of Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty).

"Her character will represent someone who reached their Broadway dream but also paid a price for it,” said NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt.

As for what kind of character Sheryl Lee Ralph will play as her mother, no word on that yet, but I assume there'll be some singing involved. Ralph began her career on the stage and was nominated in 1982 for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls - one connection both ladies have.

Ralph's most recent employment has been with the Cartoon Network, providing the voice for Amanda Waller, in an episode of the animated series Young Justice

Today's casting news should be a good look for her.

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  • BREN | August 15, 2012 5:11 PMReply

    not top of my list to watch. watching hudson's career go down the tubes is not high on my list of things to do. sad.

  • Donella | August 15, 2012 1:05 PMReply

    I wonder if Sheryl Lee Ralph would fit into the Getting Back to Happy (Waiting to Exhale sequel) cast?

  • D.C. Kirkwood | August 15, 2012 8:24 PM

    Good question. I would much rather see her than Oprah Winfrey, who they ve been name dropping to replace Whitney.

  • ALM | August 14, 2012 10:57 PMReply

    This means one of my shows "Young Justice" has not been cancelled. I was worried because the "Invasion" storyline never finished, and the show is now in reruns. Regarding the "Smash" casting, I love the "Dreamgirls" connection. Congrats to her

  • Mark & Dark | August 14, 2012 9:51 PMReply

    Perfect mother and daughter match, couldn't have cast it better.

  • boomslang | August 15, 2012 11:35 AM

    Finally a mother and a daughter both with matching african features .At the very long freaking last.

  • shelly | August 14, 2012 8:24 PMReply

    Nice to see such a talented lady back in the game

  • Akimbo | August 14, 2012 8:20 PMReply

    And she doesn't approve of her daughter's singing career because of what it did to her ex-husband. And she'll fight and fight and fight to protect J-Hud from the same fate, until the night of the big show. Despite her misgivings, she goes to see her daughter perform and is so wowed by her talent that she...approves. Season 2 over!

  • starry118 | August 14, 2012 10:34 PM

    Hahahaha....1,2,3...Joyful, joyful Loooord, we adore Thee...

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