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.


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.[2]

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


"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


Main Cast

  • Kristen Bell[3] as the voice of Gossip Girl: The one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan's elite. Eight years after the original Gossip Girl was revealed and the site was shut down, a new somebody has taken on the job to report on the newest Upper East Siders. And who are they now? That's one secret they'll never tell.


  • 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."[4]
  • Kristen Bell, who served as the iconic narrator will reprise her role as the voice of Gossip Girl.[5]
  • Josh Schurtz 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.[6]
  • 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.[7]
  • The original cast has not been asked to take part in the new series, according to Leighton Meester and Chace Crawford,[8] 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.[9] Meester has said she will not appear whereas Crawford was open to reprise his role.
  • Safran confirmed the new character will talk about Serena, Blair and the rest of the original characters.[10]


  2. Deadline article
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