'Smash' Showrunner Sells Projects to FOX, ABC

Former 'Smash' showrunner Joshua Safran

NBC may have called curtains for 'Smash' back in May, but the show(s) must go on for former showrunner Joshua Safran.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the producer has two projects in the works at rival networks ABC and FOX, one of which will see Safran reunite with a familiar creative team.

At ABC, 'Social Circle' sounds like a 'Gossip Girl' set ten years later. It is described as a high-concept thriller series centered on the today's incessant self-publicity by way of tweets, texts, and Instagram. However, when one controls how they are seen in social media, a group of friends from college reunite only to discover that they don't really know each other well at all. It's appropriate that the project sounds like the popular CW series, as it comes from the Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the producers of the series where Mafran cut his teeth as a writer/producer.

"'Gossip Girl'... [was] such fun to work on together; we're thrilled that 'Social Circle' has us all partnering once again," said Savage, a production partner at Fake Empire, the studio spearheading the project. "Joshua has a strong, sophisticated voice and a real feel for this world. The show is the perfect expression of the twisty storytelling he excels at."

Meanwhile at FOX, Safran is pegged to write another soap opera drama about the trials and tribulations of the monarchy. 'Royals' centers on a Kate Middleton type, married into royalty only to be cast out after she is caught having an affair. With her life of luxury seemingly over, the young woman takes a job with an up-and-coming designer Thomas King, who dealing with his own addictions while also fleeing from his past.

Are you intrigued by either of these two projects?

- Joshua Safran
- Gossip Girl
- Smash

Written by: kyleiam
Sep 4th, 2013, 7:52 pm

Images courtesy of FOX

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