Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Law & Order  alum Jessie L. Martin (pictured above) is returning to NBC in tonight’s two-hour season premiere of “Smash.”  Martin will join Grammy and Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson, who plays Tony-award winning Broadway star, Veronica Moore.

Martin will tap into his days of being in the Broadway production of Rent  with a six-episode feature as the company’s artistic director with a twist.  The other new face is Leslie Odom Jr., one of the notable actors from the NAACP Image Award winning drama Red Tails.

Sheryl Lee Ralph, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Jennifer Hudson

As previously reported, Tony award nominee Sheryl Lee Ralph, an original member of the 1982 critically acclaimed Broadway show, Dreamgirls,  joins the cast as Jennifer Hudson’s mother, Veronica Moore.

Check out the preview below:

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SMASH  airs TONIGHT at 9pm EST on NBC