The much-awaited Gossip Girl comeback is here. Yes, all you Upper East Side drama lovers, you heard that right — HBO Max has just ordered ten hour-long episodes of the upcoming reboot of the hit TV series.
Based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar, Gossip Girl originally aired on The CW for six seasons from 2007-2012. The hugely popular show starred Blake Lively (Serena), Leighton Meester (Blair), Ed Westwick (Chuck), Penn Badgeley (Dan), and Chace Crawford (Nate) as the young protagonists at elite Manhattan prep schools, with Kristen Bell as the voice of the eponymous gossipy narrator. The new show will pick up eight years after the original website shut down, and will follow a new generation of rich private-school teens with their own secrets. The Gossip Girl comeback will address just how much social media and the city itself have changed in the years that have gone by.
Joshua Safran of ‘Quantico’ and ‘Smash’, who was the showrunner of the series’ later seasons, will write and executive produce the new version. Series creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will also serve as executive producers. It is not yet known whether any original cast members will appear in the new show. The new streaming service from Warner Bros, HBO Max is set to launch in the spring of 2020 and will host shows like ‘Friends’, ‘Pretty Little Liars’, and ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, as well as the new Warner Bros. produced ‘Batwoman’ and ‘Riverdale’ spinoff ‘Katy Keene’. New projects from Kaley Cuoco, Anna Kendrick, Greg Berlanti and Reese Witherspoon will also find a home on the platform.
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