Gossip Girl is the upcoming revival of the original series, confirmed to be an "extension" of its predecessor.[1] It was officially announced on July 18, 2019 in a straight-to-series order as part of HBO Max's lineup of original shows. Showrunner Joshua Safran will return as well as creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage as executive producers.

On May 23, 2020, it was announced that the series was delayed until 2021 due to a global production shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.[2] Production for the series began on November 2, 2020.[3]

About[edit | edit source]

WarnerMedia, on behalf of HBO's soon-to-be-launched streaming service HBO Max, has ordered 10 hour-long episodes of the new version of the show. The show will tackle contemporary issues, including social media and online privacy.[4]

The show will still be based upon the books by Cecily von Ziegesar.

Plot[edit | edit source]

"Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. The prestige series will address just how much social media—and the landscape of New York itself—has changed in the intervening years." - Logline

Cast[edit | edit source]

Main Cast[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The series will not be a reboot of the original, confirmed Joshua Safran and discrediting many major media outlets. "It's just a new look at this particular society in New York, the idea being that society changes constantly," Safran said. "So how has this world changed, how has social media and its effect changed? All of those things allow us to look at the world 12 years on as opposed to just redoing the story. None of us are interested in just redoing a story."[9]
  • Gossip Girl is slated to feature more adult content than the original on The CW, owing to the relaxed standards of the HBO Max streaming service. The series is also slated to be more diverse, with nonwhite leads and LGBT characters.[10]
  • Kristen Bell, who served as the iconic narrator will reprise her role as the voice of Gossip Girl.[11]
  • Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage previously approached Safrin about reviving the show, but he wasn't interested. He then had an idea of the show reflecting the New York teen demographics and approached the duo. The three pitched the idea to Warner Bros. and received a series commitment.[12]
  • Safrin revealed that the leads of the show will be nonwhite, and will attend Constance Billard School for Girls, walking the same steps as Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf. He stated that there will be a lot of queer content on the show.[13]
  • The original cast has not been asked to take part in the new series, according to Leighton Meester and Chace Crawford,[14] refuting an earlier message made by Schurtz that he had informed the original cast of the revival prior to its announcement and invited them to appear.[15] Meester has said she will not appear whereas Crawford was open to reprise his role.
  • Safran confirmed the new characters will talk about Serena, Blair and the rest of the original characters.[16]
  • Emily Alyn Lind was announced as the female lead on March 2, 2020[17], with the next wave of cast members announced hours later.[18] Tavi Gevinson was announced as a lead, along with Thomas Doherty, Adam Chanler-Berat, and Zion Moreno on March 11, 2020[19]. Newcomer Savannah Smith was the last of the lead cast to be announced, on April 1st, 2020.[20]
  • Filming was initially planned to begin in mid-March 2020, but was presumably postponed in part of the COVID-19 pandemic.[21]
    • Filming formerly started the week of November 2nd-6th, as revealed during an outside scene being shot with Peak's and Brown's characters.
  • Eli Brown admitted the cast has been sworn the secrecy regarding their characters and their plots. What he was able to say about his character is that he's "a good guy from a wealthy family, and he's a humanitarian". [22]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/gossip-girl-update-lands-straight-series-order-at-hbo-max-1224856
  2. Coronavirus Outbreak: Gossip Girl reboot show production delayed, debut on HBO Max pushed to 2021
  3. https://deadline.com/2020/11/gossip-girl-karena-evans-to-direct-first-two-episodes-pilot-second-episode-hbo-max-series-reboot-1234608051/
  4. Deadline article
  5. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/gossip-girl-hbo-max-kristen-bell-1203397230/
  6. https://deadline.com/2020/03/gossip-girl-emily-alyn-lind-cast-star-reboot-series-hbo-max-1202871912/
  7. https://deadline.com/2020/10/gossip-girl-skateboarder-evan-mock-hbo-max-series-reboot-1234591773/
  8. https://deadline.com/2020/10/laura-benanti-gossip-girl-cast-hbo-max-1234605914/
  9. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/gossip-girl-update-lands-straight-series-order-at-hbo-max-1224856
  10. Gossip Girl Reboot Update: Expect 'Non-White Leads,' a 'Lot of Queer Content' and... a Mysterious 'Twist'
  11. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/gossip-girl-hbo-max-kristen-bell-1203397230/
  12. https://www.vulture.com/2019/11/gossip-girl-reboot-producer-promises-more-diverse-leads.html
  13. https://www.vulture.com/2019/11/gossip-girl-reboot-producer-promises-more-diverse-leads.html
  14. https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/culture/story/leighton-meester-asked-gossip-girl-reboot-64795271
  15. https://www.thewrap.com/gossip-girl-reboot-original-cast-blair-serena-hbo-max-blake-lively-leighton-meester/
  16. https://www.teenvogue.com/story/gossip-girl-reboot-dan-humphrey-blair-waldorf
  17. https://deadline.com/2020/03/gossip-girl-emily-alyn-lind-cast-star-reboot-series-hbo-max-1202871912/
  18. https://deadline.com/2020/03/gossip-girl-whitney-peak-eli-brown-johnathan-fernandez-jason-gotay-cast-hbo-max-reboot-1202872597/
  19. https://deadline.com/2020/03/gossip-girl-tavi-gevinson-thomas-doherty-adam-chanler-berat-zion-moreno-reboot-hbo-max-1202879536/
  20. https://deadline.com/2020/04/gossip-girl-newcomer-savannah-smith-star-cast-hbo-max-reboot-series-1202897734/
  21. https://www.backstage.com/resources/detail/productionlisting/gossip-girl-87104/
  22. https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2020-07-02/gossip-girl-reboot-eli-brown/
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