"Smash" continues making bafflingly good life choices; casts Jesse L. Martin

"Smash" has added another Broadway veteran to its ranks. Original Rent star Jesse L. Martin has joined the swelling cast of NBC's musical drama for its second season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Martin, who played the philosophical Tom Collins in Jonathan Larson's award-winning play and reprised the role in the 2005 feature film adaptation, will play Scott Welker, an artistic director at a theater company and a potential love interest to Debra Messing's Julia. He joins a revamped cast that includes Broadway alums Jeremy Jordan, Jennifer Hudson and former "Will & Grace" star Sean Hayes, among others. The role marks a reunion with NBC for Martin, who co-starred on "Law & Order" and "The Philanthropist."

Am I legit the only person who watched/liked The Philanthropist? I think I might be. Anyway, he is wonderful. ♥ Though I thought Daniel Sunjata was going to be Julia's love interest...? Damn, did that girl get some kind of good-taste implant in her brain all of a sudden? (Mods, seriously, you need to decide once and for all if we can link pics from Tumblr or not, JFC.)