Gossip Girl Boss Joins Smash as Showrunner

Spotted: Gossip Girl executive producer Josh Safran walking towards Broadway en route to his new gig on Smash.

The current boss of The CW soap has been tapped to take over showrunner duties on the sophomore season of NBC’s musical drama. He will succeed Smash creator Theresa Rebeck, who exited the series in late March.

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Safran has been with Gossip Girl since its debut in 2007, serving first as writer/consulting producer and then co-exec producer before receiving a bump to EP last season. There’s no word who’ll replace him at GG, which is expected to return for a sixth and final season.