XOXO, Everything We Know About The "Gossip Girl" Reboot On HBO Max

by Una O'Brien-Taubman · November 5, 2020

    Hey, Guest of a Guest readers, Gossip Girl here and I'm coming back for you. 

    For years now we've all heard the rumors about a Gossip Girl revival and now, it's finally coming true. Here are the latest deets of what we know so far! 

    HBO Max, Warner Media's new streaming service, has ordered a Gen-Z Gossip Girl revival. Which like, may mean it's just going to be series of TikTok videos? The new version will still be headed by the creators of the original series, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, but with a new twist. According to the press release in Vulturethe reboot will introduce "a new generation of New York private school teens." Goodbye B and S and good luck to the new UES social queens. 

    Karena Evans is set to direct the first two episodes. The name may sound familiar, since she did direct Drake's music videos "God's Plan" and "Nice for What." Of course, it is only fitting the start of the new season would feature one of the trendiest directors in the music world. 

    Spotted: Shooting in New York. Although shooting was delayed by the pandemic, the show must go on. In September, Variety reported the show would start shooting in New York in October and production has already kicked off in Vancouver, New York, and L.A. Vulture expects the series to premiere in 2021- what better way to start off the New Year than with some fresh gossip. 

    Who Are this Series GG New Victims? Tony Award winning actress Laura Benanti and model/skateboarder Evan Mock have been added to the cast list along with Tavi Gevinson, the fashion blogger and founder of Rookie. Thomas Doherty, Adam Chanler-Berat, Zion Moreno, Whitney Peak, Eli Brown, Emily Alyn Lind, Johnathan Fernandez, and Jason Gotay are reported to carry the show with "Peak, Brown and Lind as the leading trio and Fernandez and Gotay as members of the core ensemble" according to Deadline

    Although we must accept the original cast is now as dead to us as Brooklyn was to Blair when the show started, there is a chance for some of them to make an appearance. UES sought after hottie Nate, aka Chance Crawford, told Digital Spy he "would absolutely cameo."

    Your One and Only Source into the Scandalous Lives of Manhattan's Elite Isn't Going Anywhere. Thank Bendel's, Kristen Bell will keep her role as the beloved mystery voice of Gossip Girl, continuing to keep the best scandals not so secret. 

    A New Take in the Same World.  How could you possibly leave the chaotic world of Constance Billard and the Upper East Side behind? You can't. The new version will continue to follow a group of juniors in High School, who will even acknowledge and maybe drop some dirt about the original characters. 

    So, What is Different? Since the show will be set in real-time, it will focus more on social media and a more diverse group. Joshua Safran, who wrote and executive produced the original, promises more representation this time around. When describing the show at the recent Vulture Festival Safran revealed how "this time around the leads are 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 one thing he couldn't reveal: the show's inevitable twist. 

    So watch out New York and get ready to be brought back into the fold of Manhattan's most elite. XOXO. 

    [Photo via CW]