by Jenna Mullins | Sun., Jan. 6, 2013 5:38 PM
Smash season two...or Smash 2.0?
The NBC musical drama, one of the most talked about series in 2012, is back in February with a new showrunner (Gossip Girl's Josh Safran), a new vibe and new castmembers. But according to Safran, viewers won't feel that the show itself is new.
"The stuff that you love from last year is still there, and the stuff that people thought maybe went off on tangents, we've looked at. Maybe bigger, more music. Maybe younger, in regards to the new castmembers," Safran said during Smash's panel at Sunday's Television Critic's Association Press Tour. Even though some changes are being made, Safran insisted that he didn't go into his new showrunner gig with plans to gut Smash.
"There was never anything that I outright didn't like," Safran said. "I just thought [season one] was interesting to watch. It was somebody else's world. It was fun to be an audience member and then come in and put my ideas in."
Those ideas include focusing on musicals outside of the Bombshell world, more original songs, and more musical sequences per episode. Want more scoop? Here are some other tidbits from the Smash panel:
Check out the new trailer for Smash's second season (which premieres Feb. 5) below!
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