Gossip Girl Returns for Round Two

     Good morning Upper East Siders. Prepare yourselves for another ten hours of luxury, drama, the Big Apple, and, most of all, gossip because the Gossip Girl reboot has finally arrived after eight tense years.

     Although details surrounding this much of this long-awaited reboot remain still in the dark, some clues from directors, actors, and producers have managed to surface concerning what this new season holds.

     The Gossip Girl revamp, which is going to be streamed on HBO Max with 10 one hour-long episodes, will be narrated by the iconic voice of the original Gossips Girl, Kristen Bell. Her all too familiar sign off “XOXO Gossip Girl” is set to continue to close each episode.

     “Kristen Bell has always been and will always be the voice of Gossip Girl,” the producers of the show said in a statement, according to Harper’s Bazaar.

     Although Bell will be returning for the reboot, it is a toss-up if any other original cast member would return to the Upper East Side.

     Executive Producer Josh Schwartz told Bazaar, “They played these characters for six years, and if they felt like they were good enough with that, we want to respect that, but obviously… it would be great to see them again.”

     Unfortunately for the Serena Van der Woodsen loyalists, Blake Lively does not plan to be “involved,” telling E! News,  “she’s not taking part in the series in any way, shape or form,” and to direct their quesitons to the producers.

     Penn Bagdley also showed hesitation when considering taking on the name of Dan Humphrey for another season.

     In December of 2019, Bagdley said, “I’ve never been necessarily the greatest friend or fan of Dan Humphrey, which now I reconcile in this way that I’m like, you know, I would love to contribute in a meaningful way to it. And I guess it would just depend on a lot of things.”

     There is still some hope, though, in the beloved Nate Archibald. Chace Crawford told Digital Spy that if there were to be a reboot, he would “absolutely cameo” in this new season.

      Although Gossip Girl fans may miss the classic characters, the producer’s reveal of the new cast is worthy of serious excitement over the upcoming actors. Some of these names include Emily Alyn Lind, Whitney Peak, Eli Brown, Johnathan Fernandez, and Jason Gotay.

     The GG team is keeping the characters behind these latter names in the dark, but Emily Alyn Lind is said to star.

     According Elle Magazine, Lind will be playing Audrey who “has been in a long-term relationship and is beginning to wonder what more could be out there.”

     Lind provides much hope for her character in the upcoming season as she said, “Let me just say I’m already in love with her [character] and I’m really excited for everyone to meet her.”

     However, the question of what  happened in the Upper East Side  since viewers left off eight years ago and what new gossip is to be had still is at hand.

     Although the show is not revealing every dramatic detail, the official summary claims, “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 prestige series will address just how much social media—and the landscape of New York itself—has changed in the intervening years.”

     Screenwriter Joshua Safran describs the reboot as looking at the society in a new light, one that is every changing, particularly in the new age of social media.

     Deadline reported, “The prestige series will address just how much social media—and the landscape of New York itself—has changed in the intervening years.”

     Finally, after patiently waiting eight years, Gossip Girl is back again with more drama to spread than ever .

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