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Everything We Know About The 'Gossip Girl' Remake

Everything We Know About The 'Gossip Girl' Remake

A reboot of hit series Gossip Girl is preparing to comeback to our screens in 2020 and you bet it's not only the Upper East Siders who are dying to meet Manhattan's newest teen elite.

And while much of the new instalment has been kept under wraps, we have been trawling the worldwide web in pursuit of all the juicy details ahead of the drama returns to TV next year.

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Here's what you need to know about the show's revamp so far:

What will the Gossip Girl reboot be about?

The new 10-part series will begin eight years after the original and follow a new generation of New York's teen elite.

The reboot was first announced in July and the synopsis, according to Deadline, read: "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.

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"The prestige series will address just how much social media-and the landscape of New York itself-has changed in the intervening years."

The new 10-part series will begin eight years after the original. (Credit: The CW)
The new 10-part series will begin eight years after the original. (Credit: The CW)

Executive producer Josh Schwartz explained that it didn't "make sense" for the original characters to be targeted by Gossip Girl so felt it would be more appropriate to introduce new leads into the fold.

He revealed at the Television Critics Association: "We felt that a version with just our cast grown up, regardless of the challenges of getting those actors, didn't feel like a group of adults controlled by 'gossip girl' made much sense.

"We felt there was something interesting that we are all 'gossip girl' in our own way and how that's evolved, morphed and mutated and telling that story through a new generation of Upper East Side high school kids felt right."

The reboot was first announced in July. (Credit: The CW)
The reboot was first announced in July. (Credit: The CW)

Who will star in the Gossip Girl reboot?

We all know the real question on everybody's lips is, 'will the original cast be coming back?' and the current answer is, umm, we don't know.

The CW series catapulted the careers of Blake Lively (Serena van der Woodsen), Leighton Meester (Blair Waldorf), Penn Badgley (Dan Humphrey), Chace Crawford (Nate Archibald), and Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass).

The synopsis of the upcoming reboot appears to emphasise the "new generation", but who will be part of this "new generation" is still unclear.

The CW series catapulted the careers of Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass) and Chace Crawford (Nate Archibald). (Credit: The CW)
The CW series catapulted the careers of Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass) and Chace Crawford (Nate Archibald). (Credit: The CW)

Despite the uncertainty of it all, Chace, who played Nate, recently told Digital Spy that he would "absolutely cameo" if a reboot featured new characters. His exact words, "I'd have to!"

That you would Chace, that you would.

It's not only the original leads sounding off on possible casting news, but also executive producer Josh Schwartz, who spoke about the original leads at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

No official release date has been announced for the new series. (Credit: The CW)
No official release date has been announced for the new series. (Credit: The CW)

He told Entertainment Tonight: "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 obviously... it would be great to see them again."

We're guessing from that comment that the original cast is welcome to comeback, whether they take Josh up on the offer is another story.

The remake will air sometime in 2020 on HBO Max, a new streaming service in the States. (Credit: The CW)
The remake will air sometime in 2020 on HBO Max, a new streaming service in the States. (Credit: The CW)

When and where will the new series air?

Well that's a secret I'll never tell... because no official release date has been announced.

However, the remake will air sometime in 2020 on HBO Max, a new streaming service launching next year to rival Netflix in the States.

Yet, it is not known whether UK TV lovers will be able to access the US broadcaster's new streaming service. And if not, we're unsure where we can watch it - sorry xoxo.

Featured Image Credit: The CW

Topics: TV News, TV Entertainment

Lisa McLoughlin

Lisa is a freelance journalist working for Tyla and the team's token Dubliner. After graduating with a MA in PR and Digital Marketing from D.I.T., she worked for MailOnline, Sun Online, Irish Independent and broadcaster RTÉ. Got a story of interest or want advice on how to pour the perfect Guinness? Email her at [email protected]

 

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