I just randomly came across some Smash news from Entertainment Weekly tonight while browsing on Twitter. Looks like Josh Safran–the boss currently residing over the CW drama Gossip Girl–has won the “sought after” title of showrunner for the second season of the NBC drama Smash.

You’ll recall that awhile back, the broadway vet Theresa Rebeck “stepped down” (AKA: got axed) as the showrunner right after NBC announced a second season renewal.

Frankly, even though I’m still pulling for the show, I couldn’t believe it got the order for the second season. It’s pretty terrible a lot of the time, but there’s also a lot of great stuff on the show as well. I really do find myself excited to tune in every week. All I know is this Josh dude better deliver, because he’s got a huge load to carry. Good luck man! And PLEASE do not bring that super-annoying, squinty-eyed Ed Westwick on board or I’ll be forced to tune OUT!

What are your feelings/thoughts guys? Any GG fans? I’ve never seen an episode! I have an unwritten rule to NEVER watch a show on the CW network. Haha.

Oh, and did I mention Theresa is still on board as an executive producer for next season? Sounds like an awkward situation if you ask me…

Read more at Entertainment Weekly.

 
  • http://twitter.com/jepriy Jepoy Ramos

    does it mean that GG will finally be cancelled?

  • http://twitter.com/thebluemartini Nicole P.

    Oh no. This news is scaring me because I do watch Gossip Girl, and I feel like he really messed it up :/

  • Anonymous

    I know a lot of people don’t agree, but I love Gossip Girl and have especially loved the later seasons.  I’m interested to see what he does with it.

  • http://twitter.com/mcpheever4ever Hi!

    On a brighter note, listen to Katharine’s next Smash song “Stand,” which will air in an upcoming episode! It’s pretty amazing. Kat goes gospel! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjzJvtM4-O4&feature=context&context=C43c2fb6VDvjVQa1PpcFPG41FUKnKleWO6b8QN_rUFWaZAlmb7tek=

  • http://twitter.com/EJeremie Jeremie

    Leighton and Taylor Momsen may join the show to be villain. Remember they are “singers”?

  • http://twitter.com/EJeremie Jeremie

    At least Gossip girl has the best soundtrack of TV series. 

    Leighton and Taylor Momsen may join the show as villains since they are also singers, right? 

  • http://twitter.com/tukicarreno Tuki

    All I know is that I hope it works out, because I LOVE this show!
    I am so excited it got renewed for a season 2 and I am hoping for a 3 and 4.
    It´s just an addictive show and I throughly enjoy it.

  • mimi

    I love GG!  Next season is it’s last and it will probably only run half of a season so it makes sense for Josh Safran to jump ship.  I will say that story lines on GG of late are are pretty convoluted but for the most part the writing is whitty and current… not sure how Smash will do under him.  Also Taylor Momsen is long gone from GG… I do love Leighton Meester though.

  • V Jemmy

    Funny, I read the headline and thought, yay Chuck!  Love Ed Westwick.  :)

    I’m a fan of Gossip Girl, though I tend to get the entire season after it’s over rather than watch week to week, so I admittedly haven’t seen any shows this season.

    I haven’t tuned in to Smash yet, but if they crossover with the GG universe, I may just need to check that out.

  • Sq

    From Wikipedia – because I didn’t know and thought someone else might be curious
    too:

    Showrunner is a term of art originating in the United States television
    industry referring to the person who is responsible for the day-to-day
    operation of a television series — although such persons generally are credited
    as an executive producer or supervising producer. (This should not be confused
    with runners, who are the most junior members of the production team, though
    sometimes showrunners are referred to as ‘runners’ in shorthand.)  

    Unlike films, where directors are typically in
    creative control of a production, in episodic television the showrunner usually
    outranks the director

  • http://twitter.com/holeigh_annie Holeigh

    IDK about this…I like Gossip Girl, used to love it, but the last couple seasons have been straight ridiculous.  That works within the confines of the show and with characters that are so cemented, but I don’t know if that can translate to Smash.

    And I freaking love Ed Westwick, he really isn’t as squinty anymore and he’s just awesome as Chuck.  No one else could make a former damn-near-rapist sympathetic and layered.  He and Leighton Meester keep me tuning in.

  • http://twitter.com/TylerWV TylerWV

    I spent some time on youTube this morning listening to some of Kat’s videos, Leona Lewis and Jordin videos.  I found one of Kats off an album apparently I really liked, Say Goodbye.  I  like Leona’s version of run better then the original but like Kats even better.

  • Tera2

    I started watching ‘Smash’ cause of Katharine McPhee.  The show has been improving and last episode was good had some good songs – I really liked Katharine singing Leona Lewis’s “Run”, and the Bollywood Indian number was really good. (I like Bollywood music.)  Its good to see Kat diversifying her career.  She was my 2nd favorite after Chris Daughtry their season.

    I’ve only seen ‘Gossip Girl’ once or twice. And I only checked it out to see Chace Crawford’s acting, cause I thought he’s really attractive and deserves to be a movie star.  I only watch ‘Secret Circle’ and ‘Vampire Diaries’ on CW.  And I check out ‘Ringer’ sometimes.

  • Tera2

    I started watching ‘Smash’ cause of Katharine McPhee.  The show has been improving and last episode was good had some good songs – I really liked Katharine singing Leona Lewis’s “Run”, and the Bollywood Indian number was really good. (I like Bollywood music.)  Its good to see Kat diversifying her career.  She was my 2nd favorite after Chris Daughtry their season.

    I’ve only seen ‘Gossip Girl’ once or twice. And I only checked it out to see Chace Crawford’s acting, cause I thought he’s really attractive and deserves to be a movie star.  I only watch ‘Secret Circle’ and ‘Vampire Diaries’ on CW.  And I check out ‘Ringer’ sometimes.