Smash Casting News: Leslie Odom Jr. Bumped Up From Recurring to Series Regular

Smash’s Tom is going to have plenty of fodder for love songs in the months ahead, because Leslie Odom Jr. has been boosted to a regular on the NBC series.

Odom’s character, Sam, was introduced as one of Ivy’s dancer pals in the musical drama’s first season but soon became a romantic interest for Christian Borle’s Tom.

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Our sister site Deadline.com reported Odom’s promotion Friday.

Odom’s new status is the latest in a flurry of casting activity for Season 2, which will premiere at midseason. The singing soap recently added Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, Newsies’ phenom Jeremy Jordan, and Broadway players Andy Mientus and Krysta Rodriguez to its ranks and dropped Jamie Cepero (Ellis), Raza Jaffrey (Dev), Brian D’Arcy James (Frank) and Will Chase (Michael).

Odom, whose television credits also include House of Lies, Supernatural and CSI: Miami, recently wrapped a short run of the Broadway musical Leap of Faith.