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Josh Safran has some big shoes to fill as he prepares to launch Smash's second, rebooted season and its first without creator and Broadway veteran Theresa Rebeck at its helm. After a creatively disappointing season that spawned the creation of the dubious term "hate-watching," Rebeck parted ways with the Broadway drama she created, with former Gossip Girl showrunner Safran taking the top job. His first order of business was to clean house and rid the series of what he calls characters with short shelf-lives, including Karen's cheating boyfriend Dev, Julia's annoying husband Frank, and Ellis, who quickly became

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