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Is Gossip Girl Returning? Here Is What You Should Know

Gossip Girl fans have been on the edge of their seats after news broke on July 17, 2019, that an updated version of the show is officially happening.

Yes, the former CW show—based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar—is getting the reboot treatment by WarnerMedia’s soon-to-be-launched streaming service, HBO Max.

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For the skeptics, you would love to know that the first script is already in. “We have gotten the first script and I think we all breathed a big sigh of relief because it’s quite good,” HBO Max’s head of original content, Sarah Aubrey, revealed at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, per People.

Kristen Bell Is Back

OG Gossip Girl writer and producer Joshua Safran confirmed to Vulture that the reboot will include nonwhite leads and “more queer content.” News of the series’ direction comes after recent confirmation that Kristen Bell will return as its narrator. 

Bell’s return was confirmed on Thursday, November 7. Apart from Kristen, it remains unclear whether the original cast of gossip girl will be back considering the emphasis on the “new generation”. During the premiere of The Rhythm Section in January 2020, Blake Lively confirmed to E! News that she isn’t “involved” in the production of the reboot.

She also said any questions about the reboot could be directed to the producers, as “she’s not taking part in the series in any way, shape or form”.

The celebrated CW series gave rise to stars including Blake Lively (Serena van der Woodsen), Leighton Meester (Blair Waldorf), Penn Badgley (Dan Humphrey), Chace Crawford (Nate Archibald), and Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass). 

Aubrey revealed at the January 2020 TCAs that casting for the series is ongoing. “We’re having early casting conversations, drawing circles around a few people, but it’s early days,” she said, according to People.

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One of the original producers of the show Joshua Safran confirmed that the reboot will be an extension of the original with a modern look at current society. “There was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show,” he said about the iconic series. “I was the only gay writer I think the entire time I was there.

Even when I went to a private school in New York in the ’90s, the school didn’t necessarily reflect what was on Gossip Girl. So, this time around the leads is nonwhite.

There’s a lot of queer content on this show. It is very much dealing with the way the world looks now, where wealth and privilege come from, and how you handle that. The thing I can’t say is there is a twist, and that all relates to the twist,” he said.

Ten Episodes

It will have ten episodes that will tackle contemporary issues, including social media and online privacy, that have changed some of the dynamics in today’s high schools.

“It’s just a new look at this particular society in New York, the idea is that society changes constantly,” screenwriter Joshua Safran told The Hollywood Reporter.

“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.”

Safran told Vulture that the reboot will tie in together with the original show. The new cast will attend the same school the old cast did that is Constance Billard, the Upper East Side prep school. 

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“It is 12 years, I guess 13 years after the original. So we are in real-time from the original where we are in the show,” he said.

The exact date of the show’s release and the premiere is still unknown. According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBOMax will launch in 2020, with a possible beta launch later this year.

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