Raza Jaffrey, Jaime Cepero
Best Smashnews ever? Dev and Ellis are out!
Raza Jaffrey and Jaime Cepero will not return for the second season of NBC's musical series, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Both actors could possibly return for an episode of two to wrap up their storylines, but don't expect them to be a major presence.
Smash Scoop! Gossip Girl's Josh Safran nearing deal to serve as showrunner
The news is probably something of a relief to some Smashfans. Both Dev and Ellis quickly became polarizing characters during the freshman season. The insufferable Ellis was a backstabbing, devious assistant-turned-producer who tried to take credit for Bombshellsimply because he mentioned to Julia (Debra Messing) and Tom (Christian Borle) that they should do a Broadway show about Marilyn Monroe. Dev, the eventual fiancé of Karen (Katharine McPhee), never really clicked with audiences, which made it all the worse when he cheated on Karen with her nemesis Ivy (Megan Hilty).
As previously announced, Smashwill return midseason with a new showrunner. Gossip Girl's Josh Safran will take over for creator Theresa Rebeck, who announced in March that she would step down at the end of the first season. Rebeck will retain her executive producer credit.