Smash Books Liza Minnelli for Season 2 Duet

Liza Minnelli to Guest on SmashNBC’s Smash has called upon a real “Broadway Baby” — legendary entertainer Liza Minnelli — to guest-star on Season 2.

In a midseason episode titled “The Surprise Party,” Minnelli will appear as herself, to sing an original duet with Christian Borle‘s Tom, New York Magazine’s Vulture column reports.

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In touting the casting, NBC boss Robert Greenblatt said, “I had the pleasure of working with Liza when we restored her landmark television special Liza With a Z at Showtime, and to see her artistry up close and personal is a thing to behold.”

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Smash kicks off its sophomore run on Feb. 5 in a new time slot — Tuesdays at 10/9c — after Parenthood has wrapped its run. Other guest stars/recurring players on tap for the musical drama’s encore include Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order) and Sean Hayes (Will & Grace).

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  1. wrstlgirl says:

    Ugh, don’t mean to be a downer but that’s a big turn off for me. Not a fan but good for those who are :-)

  2. Shaun says:

    I can’t stand this gorgon!!

  3. holly says:

    yea I’m a Debby downer when it comes to her

  4. Sarah says:

    I can’t wait for the new season of smash. With the stellar guest stars they’ve lined up and the promise of better storylines, my expectations are high!

  5. Caro says:

    Another guest star? Doesn’t SMASH understand that’s when Glee started to tank? I loved season one of SMASH but season two is shaping up to be horrible. Between the Gossip Girl showrunner coming onboard to trash things up and all the guest stars I think season two is going to be terrible! It’s so sad…

  6. dan says:

    Seriously? Liza Minelli? I thought NBC and the new showrunner were trying to improve this sinking ship. No offense to Liza fans, but she isn’t what Smash needs in Season 2. The show needs smart storylines that make sense with great singing and improved acting (I’m looking at you Kat McPhee). Christian Borle is terrific, but I’m not looking forward to his duet with Liza. Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised if I can stick around for midseason of this show.

  7. suzi says:

    I’ve never watched this show but I will watch this episode. Minnelli is an extraordinary talent who has proven her dramatic and comic skills–Arrested Development, anyone?

  8. Amy says:

    I’m more excited for her to return as Lucille2 :)