Upper East Siders – and gossipmongers everywhere – are poised for the Gossip Girl reboot, after HBO ordered the return of the hugely successful original TV series, which was based on the Cecily von Ziegesar books of the same name. The Noughties drama will return to screens via the network’s soon-to-be-launched streaming service, HBO Max, after its six-season run on The CW network came to an end in 2012. As fresh dirt is dug up on the trust-fund teens living on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Gossip Girl reboot. “You know you love me…”Where will the ‘Gossip Girl’ reboot be set?
Like the original series, the reboot will take place primarily on the Upper East Side, with much of the action revolving around fictional private schools, Constance Billard and St Jude’s. On 26 January, the official Gossip Girl Instagram teased shots of the buildings’ courtyards and streetwear-inspired uniforms. The post’s sign-off? “See you in the hallway.”Who’s behind the ‘Gossip Girl’ reboot?
Joshua Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the creators of the original TV adaptation, will serve as executive producers on the new series alongside Joshua Safran, an executive producer of the OG Gossip Girl, who will return to write and executive produce the show’s revival. Safran told an audience at the Vulture Festival last year that the update will be a demographically more accurate reflection of the lives of New York teenagers. “There was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show,” Safran said. “So, this time around the leads are nonwhite. There’s a lot of queer content on this show.”What is the release date for the ‘Gossip Girl’ reboot?
Production on the show was delayed due to coronavirus, but it’s expected to be released early in 2021. In November photos revealed filming for the reboot was back underway in Manhattan, with the new-look cast seen gathered on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art – the same spot where Blair and Serena caught up in their lunch breaks back in the day. Where will the ‘Gossip Girl’ reboot pick up?
Ready for some Gossip Girl maths? In case you slept through the Noughties, the series finale, New York, I Love You XOXO, revealed Dan Humphrey as the anonymous Gossip Girl blogger, with the unlikely culprit having started the site in an attempt to write himself into the world of the Upper East Side elite. Once exposed, Humphrey closed the site then and there, so that the gang could move on with their lives.
In the final moments, the show jumped five years to reveal that Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf have a child, while Nate Archibald appears to be running for Mayor of New York. We left the characters celebrating Serena van der Woodsen and Dan Humphrey’s wedding, at which it was revealed that Serena and her brother Eric’s mother, Lily, is with their father, William van der Woodsen, Dan’s father Rufus Humphrey is happy with another woman (played by musician Lisa Loeb), and Chuck’s uncle Jack Bass and Georgina Sparks are now together.
The new Gossip Girl season will pick up eight years after the original website went dark, thus, three years after the final scene of Gossip Girl season six. What will the ‘Gossip Girl’ reboot be about?
Since the original show centred on the anonymous publication of intimate secrets on the internet, it’s only fitting that the new season will focus on the impact of social media. According to a statement from producers, the Gossip Girl reboot will introduce a new generation of New York private school teens to the “social surveillance of Gossip Girl”, addressing “just how much social media – and the landscape of New York itself – has changed in the intervening years”.
“It didn’t really feel like a group of adults who were being controlled by Gossip Girl would make a lot of sense,” the show’s producers told E! News. “It felt like there was something really interesting about this idea that we are all Gossip Girl now, in our own way, that we are all purveyors of our own social media surveillance state.”
Safran has also confirmed that the show will take place within the same universe as its predecessor, with students attending the exclusive Constance Billard School for Girls in Manhattan.Will the original cast be in the ‘Gossip Girl’ reboot?
At least one member of the original Upper East Side cast is set to return for the reboot. Kristen Bell is confirmed to return as Gossip Girl to narrate the new series, just as she did for the show’s original six seasons. Bell’s signature sign-off, “You know you love me, XOXO, Gossip Girl,” features in all 121 episodes of the first series. As producers Schwartz, Savage and Safran put it: “Kristen Bell has always been, and will always be, the voice of Gossip Girl.”
As the reboot will focus on a new generation of New York private school teens, it remains to be seen whether the “extension” will feature cameos from the rest of the original trust fund babies. Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, who starred as Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf respectively, seem to have similar views on the matter, with neither ruling out the idea of appearing in some capacity.
Chace Crawford (Nate Archibald) also told Digital Spy: “I always say, because it was such a big part of my life, I’m open to anything. It would have to be really right.” He added that “it would be very tough to get everybody on board I think because of their schedules, Penn [Badgley], Leighton [Meester], Ed [Westwick]… They’re all doing really good TV shows. It would be hard I think [to get them all together].”Who will be in the new season of ‘Gossip Girl’?
In the spring of 2020, Emily Alyn Lind was unveiled as leading lady Audrey, the reboot’s answer to Serena van der Woodsen. Meanwhile, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s Whitney Peak and Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists’ Eli Brown have starring roles, as do newcomer Savannah Smith and singer and actor Jordan Alexander. Lethal Weapon’s Jonathan Fernandez and Broadway’s Jason Gotay will appear as secondary characters throughout the 10-episode run. Perhaps the most interesting addition to the cast? Original influencer Tavi Gevinson, whose pre-Instagram fashion blog, Style Rookie, became a phenomenon – and propelled the then 11-year-old to prime spots on the front row at fashion week. A series of character portraits, released by HBO at the beginning of 2021, also provide a first detailed glimpse of the new generation of Upper East Siders.How many episodes will be in the new season of ‘Gossip Girl’?
The CW network’s original 22-episode seasons will be stripped back to 10 episodes for the reboot, which follows a trend for shorter seasons on streaming sites. The show length will, however, be upped to a 60-minute running time.How many further seasons will there be after the new season of ‘Gossip Girl’?
So far the revival has been picked up for 10 hour-long episodes on HBO’s new streaming service, HBO Max, but if the success of the original series is anything to go by, we expect further seasons to follow.