Brothers and Sisters showrunner David Marshall Grant has joined NBC’s new drama series Smash as an executive producer. He will help creator/executive producer Theresa Rebeck, a playwright and screenwriter. “I couldn’t have asked for a better partner,” Rebeck said. Based on an idea by Steven Spielberg, Smash chronicles the creation of a Broadway musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe, written by the successful songwriting duo of Tom (Christian Borle) and Julia (Debra Messing), who was based on Rebeck. Like Rebeck, Grant also has playwright background. Additionally, he has Broadway acting experience and was nominated for a Tony in 1994 for Angels in America. He joined Brothers and Sisters in Season 2 and served as showrunner for the past two seasons. On Smash, Grant will serve as an executive producer alongside Rebeck, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.
Rick Kaplan, whose last day as executive producer on the CBS Evening News With Katie Couric was today, already has a new gig: He has been tapped to be exec producer of ABC News’ This Week With Christiane Amanpour. He also will oversee the division’s political coverage, said ABC News president Ben Sherwood, who made the announcement. Kaplan, who has 44 Emmys, spent two decades at ABC as executive producer of Good Morning America, Nightline, PrimeTime Live and World News Tonight With Peter Jennings and has worked at all four major networks.
The changing of the guard at CBS Evening News is complete. Patricia Shevlin has been named executive producer of the CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley effective June 6, when Pelley will make his debut as CBS’ lead news anchor. Shevlin, a 38-year CBS News veteran, has been the executive producer of CBS Evening News, Weekend Editions since January 2000. Shevlin replaces Rick Kaplan, who has served as executive producer for Pelley’s predecessor Katie Couric. His last day is tomorrow.
Former Good Morning America executive producer Susan Winston will be taking over CBS’ daytime talk show The Talk as executive producer. She will replace Brad Bessey, who recently announced he will be leaving the talk show after the end of its freshman season but will assist with the transition. In addition to Winston, Sara Gilbert, who developed The Talk, also serves as an executive producer along with John Redmann.
The Talk, the first network daytime talk show to successfully premiere in nearly 10 years, has already been renewed for next season. Hosted by Julie Chen, Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini, it has averaged an OK 2.18 million viewers, a 1.0/6 rating in women 25-54 and 0.8/5 in women 18-49. Since 2009, Winston, has been executive producer of the AMC talk show In the House With Peter Bart and Peter Guber. Under her own banner, she created and executive produced network, cable, syndicated, and web-based projects including daily daytime talk show The Other Half. She also has served as executive producer of CBS Morning News, the syndicated Jury Duty and TLC’s Untold Stories of the ER.
Rachel Miskowiec, who won a pair of Daytime Emmys as an executive producer of The Tyra Show, has been tapped for the same role on Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers, the CW’s midday half-hour hosted by addiction expert Drew Pinsky that debuts in the fall. She will work alongside creator/exec producer Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey, who developed the show for syndie newsmagazine Extra. Pinsky and Howard Lapides are co-exec producers.