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'Smash' Season 2 Shakeup: Are Ellis & Dev Gone For Good?

Tue, May 22, 2012 5:53pm EDT by Andy Swift 20 Comments
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A new report reveals Jaime Cepero & Razza Jaffrey will no longer be series regulars when ‘Smash’ returns in 2013.

Well, Smash fans, I’ve got some good news — and some great news: comic-book villain Ellis (Jaime Cepero) and no-good cheater Dev (Raza Jaffrey) will be much less visible in the show’s upcoming second season, reports.

There’s no word yet as to whether the two fan-hated characters will get a chance to wrap up their respective story lines before departing the series, but based on the events of the finale — Ellis got fired and Dev got dumped — I’d say there aren’t any loose ends left to tie up.

“Karen will always love Dev…or at least this Kat will always love @RazaJaffrey !” Katharine McPhee tweeted at her on-screen ex May 23. “I will miss you! Can’t wait to see you back in NY!”

Raza responded, “Dev will always love Karen even if had funny way of showing it! Will continue to enjoy watching you soar @katharinemcphee -see you in NY!”

Meanwhile, chatted with Jaime a few weeks ago about what was in store for Ellis — and season two definitely still in the cards then.

“Maybe he’ll get some redemption later on in the future,” Jaime told me. “But you’ll probably still hate him in season two.”

Fans definitely still hate Ellis — and unfortunately, so does new showrunner Josh Safran.

UPDATE: Our sister site has learned that Frank (Brian d’Arcy James) and Michael (Will Chase) will also have dramatically reduced roles in season two, potentially being axed altogether. Needless to say, Julia (Debra Messing) will soon be looking for a few good men.

How do YOU feel about Dev, Ellis, Frank and Michael’s departures? Are you glad to see them go, or would you like them to return in some capacity to stir up trouble? Drop a comment with your thoughts on both exits.


— Andy Swift