"Smash" stars Raza Jaffrey, Jaime Cepero, Brian d'Arcy James and Will Chase depart series following showrunner shakeup
UPDATE, Tuesday, 3:12 p.m.:
More tumult for "Smash" as it transitions to a new showrunner: Following on the news that Raza Jaffrey and Jaime Cepero won't be back for a second season, Brian d'Arcy James and Will Chase are also off the show.
James played Frank Houston, husband to Julia, who's portrayed by Debra Messing. Chase portrayed Julia's old boyfriend Michael Smith, with whom she briefly rekindled her affair before getting caught.
"Smash" is going through another shakeup.
Two of the series' regular cast members, Raza Jaffrey and Jaime Cepero, won't be returning for the NBC show's second season.
On the Steven Spielberg-produced musical, which chronicles the backstage machinations behind a play about Marilyn Monroe, Jaffrey played Dev Sundaram, the unfaithful fiance to actress Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee). Jaime Cepero, meanwhile, played scheming personal assistant and aspiring show producer Ellis Boyd.
Though they will no longer be part of the cast, Jaffrey and Cepero could possibly return for an episode or two next season.
The departures come on the heels of a major shakeup for the show, which found series creator Theresa Rebeck stepping down as showrunner. She will be replaced on season two by former "Gossip Girl" showrunner Josh Safran.
EW.com first reported the news.
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