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'Smash' scoop: Ellis and Dev are leaving the show

By James Hibberd, EW.com
updated 10:21 AM EDT, Wed May 23, 2012
Raza Jaffrey played Dev in NBC's
Raza Jaffrey played Dev in NBC's "Smash." Dev annoyed fans by cheating on Karen (Katharine McPhee).
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Dev, Ellis, Frank and Michael will not be regulars in "Smash's" second season
  • The plan is to have neither Dev not Ellis as a recurring presence
  • NBC plans to return "Smash" in midseason

(EW.com) -- Two Four characters on NBC's "Smash" are expected to leave the show -- and we suspect fans are not going to be disappointed.

Philandering fiancé Dev (Raza Jaffrey) and devious assistant Ellis (Jaime Cepero) will not be regulars in the show's second season, sources say. It's possible one or both actors could appear in an episode or two to wrap up their storylines, but that's it. The plan is to have neither character as a recurring presence in the show's new-and-improved second season.

Dev annoyed fans by cheating on Karen (Katharine McPhee) while Ellis infuriated viewers all season with his overeager meddlesome scheming. Fans and critics have been pretty outspoken that the second season would be better off without either character (Ellis, in particular) and it seems producers and/or NBC listened.

Katharine McPhee dances with Clinton

NBC plans to return "Smash" in midseason, giving time for new showrunner Josh Safran ("Gossip Girl") to creatively polish the series. NBC had no comment.

UPDATE: Brian d'Arcy James, who played Julia's (Debra Messing) husband Frank, and Will Chase, who played Julia's former lover Michael, are leaving "Smash," too. In the finale, Frank saw Julia comforting Michael on stage and assumed the duo were back to their old, ahem, tricks.

See the full story at EW.com.

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