The 'Gossip Girl' Reboot: Everything We Know

GOSSIP GIRL, Chace Crawford, Blake Lively, Ed Westwick, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Taylor Momse
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  • A Gossip Girl reboot is officially happening.
  • It will stream on HBO Max, a new streaming service from HBO launching in spring 2020.
  • No word yet on which original cast members, if any, will return to the show.

    The news that nobody asked for but somehow everyone needed: Gossip Girl is getting a reboot on HBO Max, according to Deadline. To answer your first question: HBO Max is an upcoming streaming service that will be launching in spring 2020, and will boast a Friends reunion to get things started. And for your most pressing question—who of the original cast members will be returning?—unsurprisingly, that's currently TBD. There is, however, a bit of information available about what the reboot is going to look like.

    Who is in the Gossip Girl reboot cast?

    Spotted: Emily Alyn Lind on the Met steps. Lind, best known as Ariel Braeden from CBS' Code Black, has nabbed a starring role on HBO Max's Gossip Girl reboot. Lind will play Audrey, who, according to Deadline, "has been in a long-term relationship and is beginning to wonder what more could be out there." While Lind's blonde hair would make her a natural fit to play Serena 2.0, her character's description and name—clearly inspired by Blair Waldorf's favorite film, Breakfast at Tiffany's—would seem to suggest Lind is the reboot's version of Queen B. Hope you enjoy headbands, Emily.

    HBO Max also announced several other names joining the cast. Whitney Peak (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) and Eli Brown (Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists) will reportedly round out the show's main trio, per Deadline, while Johnathan Fernandez (Lethal Weapon) and Jason Gotay (Broadway's Evita) will be part of the core ensemble.

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    On March 11, HBOMax announced that fashion wunderkind Tavi Gevinson would also be joining the reboot's cast in a leading role. Gevinson is best known for her style blog that blossomed into a fully-fledged magazine, Rookie, by the time she was 15. No other details about Gevinson's character have been released, but her real-life success in the fashion and media industry at a young age makes her perfect to riff on the original show's Jenny, who had a similarly meteoric (yet destructive) rise to popularity. Deadline also reports that Thomas Doherty, Adam Chanler-Berat. and Zion Moreno will be joining the cast.

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    What will the Gossip Girl reboot be about?

    "Like the original series, the new iteration of Gossip Girl, written by [Joshua] Safran, is based on the book by Cecily von Ziegesar," per Deadline. "The logline: 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."

    How many episodes will the Gossip Girl reboot have?

    So far, only 10 episodes have been ordered, but naturally there will be more if people are into this new generation of teens. Remember that final scene in 2012 when the "new Dan Humphrey" started walking into school as if he was the new GG? (Sorry if you didn't watch the last episode yet!) It seems as if the CW had always planned a revival...and now they're finally getting it. It probably won't premiere until spring 2020, which is when HBO Max will officially launch.

    Will the original Gossip Girl cast be in the reboot?

    None of the former cast members have publicly reacted to the news, but we finally have some updates about their possible involvement with the show.

    At a July 26 Television Critics Association summer press tour event for Hulu's Looking for Alaska, Josh Schwartz, who developed the original Gossip Girl series for The CW and who is returning to work on the reboot, talked about the possibility of OG cast members like Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Ed Westwick and Chace Crawford returning for GG 2.0. And what he has to say is...hopeful, at least.

    "We've reached out to all of them to let them know it was happening and we'd love for them to be involved if they want to be involved, but certainly didn't want to make it contingent upon [them being involved]. They played these characters for six years, and if they felt like they were good with that, we want to respect that, but would be great to see them again," Schwartz told reporters at the event.

    He also addressed why the rebooted version of the series will focus on a new class of Upper Eastsiders, instead of following the adult versions of the characters we've come to love:

    "Stephanie [Savage, who co-developed the original series with Schwartz] and I had been talking about it off and on over the past couple of years, and obviously you're seeing more shows get revisited. Certainly, on social media, there were people asking for it. We felt that a version with our cast grown up, regardless of what the challenges would be of assembling those actors again, it didn't really feel like a group of adults that would be patrolled by Gossip Girl would make a lot of sense," he said.

    Bookmark this page for ongoing updates about the Gossip Girl reboot and the involvement of the show's original cast.

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