Smash-ing Scoop: Ellis Is Exiting! Dev Is Done! [Update: Two More Season 2 Casualties!]

smash ellis devSmash fans worried about its future under new showrunner Josh Safran have at least two good reasons to breathe a little easier. TVLine has confirmed that polarizing (and by polarizing, we mean absolutely intolerable) characters Ellis and Dev won’t be a regular presence when Smash returns to NBC for its second season sometime in 2013.

No decision has been made whether or not Ellis and Dev’s portrayers, Jaime Cepero and Raza Jaffrey, will return to wrap up their characters’ story arcs. Nevertheless, it appears the former’s days of hallway lurking, eavesdropping, and unpleasant scheming are numbered, while the latter probably won’t find forgiveness after cheating (with two different women!) on Bombshell star Karen (Katharine McPhee) — then trying to wave it all away with an engagement ring. News of Cepero and Jaffrey’s exits was first reported by

UPDATE: A show insider tells TVLine that two more actors — Brian D’Arcy James, a series regular as Frank, the hubby of Debra Messing’s Julia, and Will Chase, who recurred as Julia’s sometimes lover Michael Swift, are also exiting in Season 2.

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Cepero sounded optimistic about his future on Smash when he spoke to TVLine last month. “Every show needs a villain, because without conflict there’s nothing to watch on a one-hour drama,” he said. “Nothing’s set in stone, but I’ve gotten a pretty generous rundown of what’s happening with my character in Season 2, and you can definitely look out for him a lot, doing some more [sneaky things]. I’m probably going to be even more hated.”

Or more…gone.

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Excited to see the end of Ellis and Dev, or were you one of their silent supporters? Thoughts on the demise of Julia’s men? Take our polls, then sound off in the comments below! –Additional reporting by Matt Webb Mitovich

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  1. I watched every episode back to back,,,,it was a Smash marathon for me, I had never seen it before and one night I was surfing around and remembered wanting to see it because of a preview. I didn’t experience it the way most people did. My thoughts about each episode and the anticipation was only there 20 seconds until the next one came on. So for those of you who had “time” to pick it apart….shame on you! I loved it. Yes a few scenes, story lines and people that could have been changed or “x’d” but in my opinion…in a MARATHON view, it was WELL worth the time I spent to enjoy each and every episode as ONE looooong movie. KUDDOS to those with the vision to birth this SMASH. (ps….yes I really did watch every episode BACK – TO – BACK…..and NO I didn’t have better things to do. If I had………. I would have been doing them.) ;)

  2. Gina says:

    woaaaa, hold on: the guy who runs Gossip Girl is gonna be in charge of Smash?! Noooooooooooooooo!!!! whyyyyyy?????? I stopped watching Gossip Girl because of how lame and ridiculous the storylines were for the past two seasons. Even the most obvious things that the audience is hinted at – the character say out loud. I swear I felt my inteligence insulted while watching it. It was THAT bad. And you’re telling me THESE PEOPLE are now gonna WRECK the best show on TV? WHY ON EARTH DO YOU DO THIS TO ME????!!!!

  3. BryanH says:

    I will agree that some of the character development was flawed, but even with a great character development — Cepero couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag. Nothing worse than a bad character being played by bad acting. It was really painful to watch the delivering of his lines. It would be one thing if he was great at being a character you could really hate….but he was just like an annoying fly that wouldn’t go away! The sad thing is that his part just took away from the rest of the show. I hope to see Eileen throw a drink in his face, tell him to bug-off, and then he stumbles in the street with his eyes burning and is run over by a NYC Taxi. Now that’s some swift justice and the end of a character you couldn’t hate, love or feel anything but annoyed! Later Ellis — rest in peace so the rest of us can have some.

  4. Fvrzal says:

    I loved dev!!!! Ellis.. not so much oh well

  5. Trebor says:

    SOOOO GLAD ELLIS IS GONE! This character was a nasty SOB from day one. I just wish they would have killed him off or sent him to jail for the poisoning so that there wasn’t a chance of seeing him ever again. As for Dev, I’ll miss him. I thought he was a good guy and wish they hadn’t made him into a cheater.

  6. Annie says:

    IM Glad Ellis Is Gone. Karen MistreatEd Dev, I Hate He Is Out. McPhee Is Not A Actress, Hilty I’d A Great Singer And Good Actress. Also They Did Not Need I. Hudson. The Boyfriend And Frank Storyline Was A Good One. Should Have KeptIt going