‘Gossip Girl’: The Biggest Differences Between the Reboot and the Original
Xoxo, Gossip Girl is back. The series that became a cult classic is returning.
If you missed the first run of GG, then you have plenty of time to catch up before a new round of drama ensues.
The show followed Serena van der Woodsen and her rich friends as they navigated their lives as socialites in New York City, while an unknown leak constantly spread their dirty laundry to the rest of the world. Riveting, right?
While the show was truly a televised masterpiece, it aired from 2007-2012, so it only makes sense that a few things would need to change before the reboot. The original cast, who were all already older than their characters when the original version aired, is probably a bit old to reprise the role of high schoolers or university students.
So, what all is changing with the new show?
Where does the story pick up?
As with most reboots, some time has passed between the last time we saw the GG gang and now.
“Like the original series, the new iteration of Gossip Girl, written by [Joshua] Safran, is based on the book by Cecily von Ziegesar,” according to Deadline. “
“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 logline reads. “The prestige series will address just how much social media—and the landscape of New York itself—has changed in the intervening years.”
So, if any of the original characters do make a reappearance on the show, they will be older and more likely to be secondary characters, surrounding the new batch of kids.
Is any of the old cast coming back?
There hasn’t been a definitive answer on whether or not any members of the original cast will be on the show.
In past interviews, some members of the cast have seemed excited about the possibility of a reboot, while others…
“I don’t think anyone’s been seriously talking about that. I think they’d have to come up with a real plan, and I know Josh and Stephanie would have to be a part of it,” Chace Crawford, who played Nate Crawford, once told Entertainment Tonight. “It is funny to me, it’s almost become a classic now. It probably goes to show you that we shouldn’t be redoing it. I can’t be in high school anymore. That’s the thing. I don’t even know what they would do. For me personally, I would love to see everybody again and I loved everybody and I would love to work with everybody, but I don’t know if it’s necessarily a reality.”
Blake Lively, who played Serena van der Woodsen, wasn’t exactly jumping at the opportunity to do the show again, but she hasn’t been opposed to it either.
“It sort of all depends,” she told Variety in 2017 of joining a reboot. “Would I do seven years of the show? No, because it’s hard work and I’ve got my babies, and I don’t want to be away from them that much. But I’ve just learned in life you never say never. I’m looking to do something that I haven’t done yet, not something that I did. But would I do that? Who knows—if it was good, if it made sense. We had so much fun shooting and living and working in New York City.”