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'Smash' scoop: 'Rescue Me' actor is Karen's new love interest

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With Debra Messing’s Smash character having smashed her marriage with an affair last season, who will woo Julia Houston’s heart next?

Actor Daniel Sunjata is joining the NBC musical drama’s second season in a recurring role playing Messing’s love interest.

Sunjata was a regular on FX’s Rescue Me, had an arc on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy last year and was also in this summer’s Dark Knight Rises.

In other Smash news, Karen is getting a new roommate for season two played by Krysta Rodriguez, and, of course, Jennifer Hudson is joining the cast as a Broadway star.

NBC is holding Smash until midseason as it polishes up some creative aspects of the series (yup, Ellis is leaving too) under new showrunner Josh Safran.

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