Hey, Upper East Siders! The Gossip Girl Reboot Is Really Happening

Everyone’s favourite tv show Gossip Girl is officially making a comeback, and we finally have a cast of five. The original 2000’s teen soap opera which centered around Manhattan’s elite teens navigated a tangled web of sex, drama, and secrets in sprawling New York. The series which starred Leighton Maester and Blake Lively successfully lasted for six seasons between September 2007 and December 2012. 

Eight years later, the series will return to television with a younger cast and a new spin on a totally different television network. The show is getting revived for a new generation of viewers—focusing on the age of Instagram stars, bloggers, and influencers—the perfect time to revive the famed gossip website. The original creators, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, and Joshua Safran will serve as the series’ showrunners.

Deadline confirmed in July that HBO ordered a 10-episode reboot of the series for its upcoming HBO Max streaming platform. According to Glamour, here are all the details we know so far about the celebrated series’ return to TV:

  • There will be 10 episodes. According to Deadline, HBO has ordered 10 hour-long episodes of the new version of the show. As the log line shows, it’ll tackle contemporary issues, including social media and online privacy, that have changed some of the dynamics in today’s high schools.
  • The leads are multi racial, and there will be plenty of LGBTQ+ storylines. Joshua Safran, who wrote and executive-produced the original show, confirmed this at Vulture Festival on November 10. “There was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show,” he said. “I was the only gay writer I think the entire time I was there. Even when I went to private school in New York in the ’90s, the school didn’t necessarily reflect what was on Gossip Girl. So 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 thing I can’t say is there is a twist, and that all relates to the twist.”
  • The story lines will be fresh, but not unfamiliar. We don’t have a lot of information right now, but everything we’ve heard sounds very promising. “We have gotten the first script [by showrunner Safran], and I can tell you we all breathed a big sigh of relief because it’s quite good,”. 
  • Full plot details remain limited, but here’s the official summary for the series: “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 prestigious series will address just how much social media—and the landscape of New York itself—has changed in the intervening years.” XOXO, Gossip Girls.