Attention, Upper East Siders. Gossip Girl is officially making a comeback. No, this isn’t just some elaborate plan orchestrated by Georgina Sparks. We have official confirmation! HBO Max (WarnerMedia’s new streaming service) is hooking us up with a Gossip Girl reboot. Here’s everything to know about it so far.
Rumors have been floating around since February.
At the Television Critics Association winter press tour back in February, CW president Mark Pedowitz mentioned there’s been chat of a revival.
“There’s a discussion, but I don’t know if we’re there yet,” dished M, adding that he has basically no idea what the revival would actually be.
We don’t know anything about the cast yet.
Although the simple mention of the return of Gossip Girl is reason enough to pour yourself a drink (or have Dorota pour one for you), there’s also a strong possibility that not everybody would be down. After the finale, Penn Badgley admitted the show’s ending made “no sense at all,” and I think we all know how Blair Waldorf feels about reliving the past. Remember when she freaked out at an innocent Constance Billard student for wearing last season’s Tory Burch flats? Surely, that’s a minor offense in comparison to hanging out with your high school crew nearly a decade later.
Chace Crawford would totally be down though.
But there’s at least one GG alum who is totally down to step back into the world of the Manhattan elite. Chace Crawford (aka Nate Archibald) just told Digital Spy that he’s game...as long as it’s done the right way. “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 says. “It would have to be really right and really specific, and with TV and the golden age of the TV streaming service, maybe an eight-episode season....”
Chace does admit it’s a long shot. “It would be very tough to get everybody on board, I think, because of their schedules, Penn, Leighton, Ed....They’re all doing really good TV shows. The reboot might come in the form of new characters. I would absolutely cameo. I’d have to!” Um, obviously!
Look, he’s not wrong. Would anyone want to take Penn away from Lonely Boy 2.0? You is another big hit for the former Upper East Sider, and luckily, he’s in the middle of filming season 2 as we speak. It’s just funny he didn’t mention Blake Lively, actual movie star, as well.
Leighton Meester might be a maybe.
“No one’s ever asked me,” Leighton told E! News before the reboot was officially confirmed. “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.”
So...that’s a definite possibility, right?!
There will be at least 10 episodes.
HBO Max has ordered 10 episodes for the first season of the reboot. Each one will be an hour long.
The reboot will be about a brand-new group of kids. HBO Max says the new Gossip Girl will “address just how much social media—and the landscape of New York itself—has changed in the intervening years.”
So...this thing will basically be Euphoria but at a private school in New York? Count me in.
We already know who Gossip Girl is...
Creator Josh Schwartz has no interest in keeping the identity of "Gossip Girl" a mystery this time around. Here's what he told E! News:
“It didn’t really feel like a group of adults who were being controlled by Gossip Girl would make a lot of sense, so it felt like there was something really interesting about this idea that we are all Gossip Girl now, in our own way, that we are 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.”
That's right. You're Gossip Girl. I'm Gossip Girl. We're all Gossip Girl.
There’s not a release date yet.
It’s unclear exactly when we’ll be able to get our hands on new episodes of Gossip Girl. Don’t expect to see it before spring 2020, though, because that’s when HBO Max will finally launch.