You know you love her and now Gossip Girl is returning to the small screen. Launching as part of WarnerMedia’s new streaming service with HBO Max, the Gossip Girl reboot is set to arrive with 10 new hour-long episodes that will usher in a new era of characters while paying homage to the original.
The upcoming reboot is set eight years after the fictional gossip website went dark. According to Deadline, the rebooted series will once again be set against the backdrop of a prestigious New York city private school, with a new set of teens placed under the surveillance of the unidentified Gossip Girl. The reboot is expected to address how much social media has impacted teens since the original series, while also showcasing the major changes in New York city in the intervening years.
Gossip Girl aired from 2007 to 2012, with the scandalous drama making stars out of its young cast, including Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick. The original series was narrated by Kristen Bell, with Bell’s voiceover acting as a mask to hide the real identity of Gossip Girl (the actor made a brief cameo in the series finale). It doesn’t appear as though any of the original cast members will be reprising their role in the teen drama, but writers and executive producers Joshua Safran, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will all be reuniting to bring the show, inspired by Cecily von Ziegesar’s book series, back to life.
During its time on air, Gossip Girl featured several storylines that shocked audiences with their graphic nature. The young cast played high school students who did drugs, drank, had sex, enjoyed a seemingly endless supply of money thanks to their wealthy parents’ credit cards, and treated New York like their playground. Gossip Girl was embroiled in controversy from the start, with Westwick’s character Chuck Bass attempting to rape Taylor Momsen’s Jenny in the first episode, only to have Chuck later become a redeemed character. In the show’s third season, actors Penn Badgley and Jessica Szohr have a three-way with guest actor Hilary Duff.
While new series like HBO’s Euphoria have continued to push the envelope of teen dramas, Gossip Girl stood out for peeking inside the world of New York’s elite social class. The series was hugely influential for its fashion and hairstyles, with Lively’s Serena van der Woodsen and Meester’s Blair Waldorf inspiring fashion lines from Anna Sui, LA label Romeo & Juliet Couture, and makeup by Birchbox. No matter how hard we tried, we never looked as good in a headband as Blair.
Let’s just hope that the rebooted version of Gossip Girl has more foresight when deciding who will be unmasked as the unknown gossip blogger. Lonely boy? SMH.