Gossip Girl Executive Producer to Run Smash

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Josh Safran is leaving Gossip Girl, but sticking around New York City. On screen, at least. TV Guide confirms that Safran is finalizing a deal to take over as the showrunner on Smash.

He'll replace creator Theresa Rebeck - who announced last month that she will step down, but remain as executive producer - on season two of the NBC drama this fall.

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Safran started out as a writer on Gossip Girl in 2007 and became its show-runner last year. He is likely to increase Smash's focus on the soap opera aspects of its Broadway production.

He recently chatted with TV Fanatic about the upcoming Gossip Girl season finale.

The fictional play at the center of Smash, meanwhile, will open in Boston on the May 14 season finale. Safran will come on board the series shortly thereafter.

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oops hit the button too quick..wanted to add that it could be Chuck waking up from the nightmare since he was in an accident and the things that are happening are nightmares for him such as losing Blair, possibility of Jack being his dad. He'll wake in the hospital to find that Blair did not go through with the wedding to louis and has been at his bedside the whole time...oh, and the baby is actually Chucks and he/she did not die. twilight: this sounds great!!

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oops hit the button too quick..wanted to add that it could be Chuck waking up from the nightmare since he was in an accident and the things that are happening are nightmares for him such as losing Blair, possibility of Jack being his dad. He'll wake in the hospital to find that Blair did not go through with the wedding to louis and has been at his bedside the whole time...oh, and the baby is actually Chucks and he/she did not die.

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He's left the rest of the group with quite a mess to clean up. only way to fix the mess that is Dair is to have someone wake up from a nightmare.

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no! no! no! i love smash and he is gonna go and ruin that for me too! god wow way to run a show into the ground and then jump ship. o well only up side is maybe we can have a great last Season of gossip

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@twilight,dead at your comment so true.....lmao.....
GG has become hot pile of mess.

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YAY!!!!!!!!!! If only this had happened sooner, but at least it's happening.
Finally something that unites the fandom!! Good riddance, Safran Show Killer. Buh-bye.

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I really hope he takes Dan with him.

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YES!!! Goodbye and good riddance. Don't let the door hit you in the @$$ on the way out. Poor Smash fans. I do feel bad for them, but am so glad there may be hope for a Gossip Girl recovery. I've missed the show (I cannot watch the horrible mess it has become).

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yes............................... is dan going with safran...again yeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssss!

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Thank the lord

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