XOXO ‘Gossip Girl’ Fans — This Cast Member Is Officially on Board For the Revival
Manhatten’s Upper East Side is about to get a makeover. HBO Max confirmed a 10-episode series order for a Gossip Girl revival. Details about the project are few and far between. Read on to find out which cast member makes their triumphant return.
What will the ‘Gossip Girl’ revival be about?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joshua Safran, the original showrunner, will lead the helm as writer and executive producer. Creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will join him.
The show will “address just how much social media—and the landscape of New York itself—has changed in the intervening years.”
Will any original cast members be in the ‘Gossip Girl’ revival?
Sorry, Upper East Siders, but the new generation of elites taking over New York. Safran said the original cast exists somewhere in the world (as adults), but the reboot is eight years in the future.
“It’s something we’ve been talking about—Josh, Stephanie and I—for a little bit, just in terms of, ‘Is this something we want to explore?'” Safran said. “We’re all so in love with the original and had such an incredible time working on it, and it’s such a big part of our lives.”
This echoes Penn Badgley’s sentiment that the series finale made “no sense at all.”
“I don’t know what it would look like with us being in our 30s now, but I always say, because it was such a big part of my life, I’m open to anything,” he said. “It would be very tough to get everybody on board, I think, because of their schedules.”
As for the rest of the cast, it’s a toss-up. “No one’s ever asked me,” Leighton Meester told E! News. “No one’s ever talked to me about it except for in interviews, and I always say the same: I never say never, so I don’t know. No one’s sent me that information.”
“There aren’t, like, new actors playing Serena and Blair. It’s not a remake. [It’s] a continuation of that world,” Schwartz stressed.
“We’ve reached out to all of them to let them know it was happening, and we would love for them to be involved if they want to be involved. But [we] certainly didn’t want to make it contingent upon their [participation].”
Crawford’s onboard and Meester’s a maybe. All we need is Blake Lively and Ed Westwick to volunteer as tributes to relive the glory days.
Will the ‘Gossip Girl’ narrator return in the revival?
The anonymous author of the “Gossip Girl” website became the voice of the show’s premise. Schwartz told the TV Critics Association this past summer this Gossip Girl won’t have the same mystery as the original.
“It didn’t really feel like a group of adults who were being controlled by ‘Gossip Girl’ would make a lot of sense,” he said.
“We are all Gossip Girl now, in our own way,” he said. “We’re all purveyors of our own social media surveillance state, and how that’s evolved, and how that has morphed and mutated and telling that story through a new generation of upper east side high school kids felt like the right time.”
The team knew from initial talks of the revival who’d narrate this generation. “Kristen Bell has always been and will always be the voice of Gossip Girl.”
Bell told Entertainment Tonight she can’t wait to dive back in.
“It’s such a fun show to watch, and it’s going to be on HBO Max and we’re going to start in the spring,” she said. “I’m really excited.”
An official date isn’t set for the Gossip Girl premiere. For now, take comfort in knowing it’s on the way. XOXO.