HBO’s ‘Gossip Lady’ Reboot Particulars

Up to date publish, 9/5/2020

In case you, like me, spent the primary a part of quarantine watching Gossip Lady on Netflix and really miss listening to “Good morning, Higher East Siders,” you then’re in luck. HBO’s reboot of the present will start filming in New York Metropolis this fall, Selection confirms.

A Warner Bros. spokesperson advised Selection that taking pictures will begin in October and will likely be set eight years after the unique sequence’ 2009 finale. The present will characteristic a brand new technology of Higher East Aspect private-school teenagers who need to navigate a complete new world of social media-driven gossip.

Unique publish, 8/26/2020:

Everybody’s favourite present about Manhattan’s elite teenagers is formally making a comeback, albeit with a delayed launch date. A newly-assembled forged will be a part of OG narrator Kristen Bell, who’s returning for the reboot.

Deadline confirmed in July that HBO ordered a 10-episode reboot of the sequence for its upcoming HBO Max streaming platform. Right here, all the small print we all know to this point concerning the celebrated sequence’ return to TV—together with its new launch date.

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The reboot’s launch has been pushed again to 2021.

As filming on films and TV exhibits in all places grounds to a halt, manufacturing on the Gossip Lady reboot has additionally been paused. Initially slated to debut in fall 2020, the present won’t hit screens till 2021. This was confirmed by HBO Max chief content material officer Kevin Reilly in Vulture‘s streaming TV e-newsletter Buffering in Could.

“They hadn’t even began manufacturing but; they had been in pre-production and able to roll,” Reilly advised the outlet. Whereas there isn’t a official begin date for filming, Deadline speculated that cameras could begin rolling on the reboot “this fall when COVID circumstances allow.”

They present remains to be slated to air on HBO Max, a brand new streaming service that launched on Could 27, 2020.

The revival will deal with a brand new set of teenagers.

Deadline stories that the logline for the sequence is, “eight years after the unique web site went darkish, a brand new technology of New York personal faculty teenagers are launched to the social surveillance of Gossip Lady. The status sequence will handle simply how a lot social media—and the panorama of New York itself—has modified within the intervening years.”

Co-creator Josh Schwartz mentioned the reboot for the primary time at TCA in July 2019, explaining why he wasn’t snug with the present specializing in the unique forged.

We felt {that a} model with simply our forged grown up, whatever the challenges of getting these actors, didn’t really feel like a bunch of adults managed by “gossip lady” made a lot sense. We felt there was one thing fascinating that we’re all “gossip lady” in our personal method and the way that’s advanced, morphed and mutated and telling that story via a brand new technology of Higher East Aspect highschool children felt proper.

Unique showrunner and sequence author Joshua Safran is concerned with the sequence and will likely be working with Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Pretend Empire manufacturing firm, Alloy Leisure, Warner Bros. TV, and CBS Tv Studios.

A lot of the official forged has been introduced.

On March 2, Deadline reported that Emily Alyn Lind (Code Black, Revenge) is a lead within the upcoming sequence. Per the outlet, Lind will play Audrey, a personality who “has been in a long run relationship and is starting to marvel what extra might be on the market.”

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On the identical day Lind’s casting was introduced, Deadline confirmed 4 new additions to the Gossip Lady ensemble: Whitney Peak (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Eli Brown (Fairly Little Liars: The Perfectionists), Johnathan Fernandez (Deadly Weapon) and Jason Gotay (Peter Pan Reside!). Not like Lind’s casting, no character particulars concerning the 4 actors have been supplied. Nevertheless, the outlet says the reboot is alleged to observe “the same character dynamic to the unique, with Peak, Brown and Lind because the main trio and Fernandez and Gotay as members of the core ensemble.”

From left: Jason Gotay, Whitney Peak, Eli Brown, and Johnathan Fernandez.

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Deadline reported on March 11 that Tavi Gevinson (Sufficient Stated, Broadway’s This Is Our Youth), will play a lead position alongside Thomas Doherty (Excessive Constancy), Adam Chanler-Berat (Broadway’s Subsequent to Regular), and Zion Moreno (Claws). No additional character particulars have been supplied.

Tavi Gevinson.

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Thomas Doherty.

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Adam Chanler-Berat.

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Zion Moreno.

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Deadline reported the casting of newcomer Savannah Smith in early April. It will be her first main performing credit score, as she’s at present finding out performing at NYU’s Tisch College of the Arts.

In August, the outlet additionally confirmed that Canadian singer and actress Jordan Alexander will be a part of the mission as one of many feminine college students on the faculty. Additional particulars about her character usually are not but obtainable.

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The unique costume designer for Gossip Lady is returning.

Costume designer Eric Daman has additionally joined the reboot. The visionary behind Serena’s go-to blazers and Blair’s preppy headbands is bringing his experience to the upcoming present. “OMGG I’m sooo thrilled to be part of the brand new GG Era!” Daman mentioned in a press release to Teen Vogue. “It has been unimaginable to see the youth of immediately discovering and bingeing GG throughout these instances!! Very excited to thrill and encourage the entire GG Followers, new and OG, with some scrumptious, trendsetting fashions for this new period! Can’t Wait!! XoXo, E.”

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The primary script is reportedly “fairly good.”

Based on Sarah Aubrey, head of unique content material at HBO Max, the primary script from Safran has been turned in. “We now have gotten the primary script and I can let you know all of us breathed a giant sigh of aid as a result of it is fairly good,” Aubrey mentioned on the TCAs in January, per Leisure Tonight. “You may think about the bar could be very excessive. I believe that one of many advantages of getting the unique creators concerned, they’re very away from what the important parts of the present are and usually are not. And in addition, actually excited to carry a contemporary lens to it 10 years later. Josh and staff have performed an important job to this point.”

Safran has apparently been persevering with to jot down scripts whereas working from residence. On April 28, he hinted on the tone present of the present, tweeting, “My husband simply known as a reference in a present GG script ‘too rarefied,’ which implies I am 100% heading in the right direction. Blair walked so this might run!”

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The brand new characters will reference Serena, Blair, Chuck, and Dan.

In an interview with Leisure Tonight, Safran defined that he thinks of the reboot of Gossip Lady in relation to the unique sequence as “just like the Marvel universe. It is not a continuation or a sequel. It really simply is taking a look at a distinct angle.”

Regarding the unique forged, he mentioned, “I’d love for everybody to come back again in the event that they wished to. The universe nonetheless exists. The characters speak about Serena, Blair, Chuck, Dan.” When pressed about whether or not Badgley would return as Dan Humphrey, Safran responded, “I do not know, I hope so,” including, “Now that you’ve got mentioned it, I need it to.”

The present will enterprise past the Higher East Aspect.

“Not everybody lives on the Higher East Aspect, although,” Safran advised ET when explaining the brand new present’s imaginative and prescient. “Brooklyn’s not the unhealthy place to dwell. Brooklyn’s in all probability cooler within the new model than Manhattan, ‘trigger it’s in some locations [in real life]. Aside from that, it has the DNA of the unique.” As for the way controversial the sequence will get, regardless of the borough? Safran admitted to the outlet, “Fortunately, we’ll be airing post-Euphoria, so something we do will appear tame by comparability. I do not suppose we’ll be that controversial.”

The reboot will likely be extra various.

In a November 2019 interview at Vulture Competition, Safran delved into the brand new path for the reboot. He mentioned that though he was hesitant about rebooting the sequence, he was satisfied by a 2019 reimagining of the premise.

“There was not plenty of illustration the primary time round on the present,” he admitted. “I used to be the one homosexual author I believe the complete time I used to be there. Even after I went to personal faculty in New York within the ’90s, the college didn’t essentially mirror what was on Gossip Lady. So, this time across the leads are nonwhite. There’s plenty of queer content material on this present. It is extremely a lot coping with the way in which the world appears now, the place wealth and privilege come from, and the way you deal with that. The factor I can’t say is there’s a twist, and that every one pertains to the twist.”

Safran additionally dished on the reboot’s timeline. It is going to reportedly happen in the identical universe because the OG CW present, with characters attending Constance Billard College for Ladies. “It’s 12 years, I suppose 13 years after the unique. So we’re in actual time from the unique the place we’re within the present,” the writer-producer confirmed.

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Kristen Bell is returning.

On November 7, The Wrap reported that Kristen Bell will narrate the brand new sequence, simply as she did for the present’s first six seasons. “Kristen Bell has at all times been and can at all times be the voice of Gossip Lady,” the producers mentioned in a press release.

Bell’s timeless sign-off, ” you’re keen on me, XOXO, Gossip Lady,” appeared in all 121 episodes of the present. The actress additionally appeared on the CW sequence in a fast cameo within the sequence finale.

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Blake Energetic is not concerned with the reboot proper now.

In January, Energetic, who portrayed Serena van der Woodsen through the present’s unique run, confirmed that she’s not “concerned” within the reboot, per E!. When requested about when manufacturing would start on the mission, she responded, “I do not know. I am not a producer. I am not concerned. You gotta name them.”

Beforehand, Energetic had been extra open to a reboot. She spoke to Selection in April 2017, saying that she’d be pretty open to doing Gossip Lady with the unique forged. “It form of all relies upon,” Energetic mentioned. “Would I do seven years of the present? No, as a result of it is arduous work and I’ve bought my infants, and I do not need to be away from them that a lot. However I’ve simply realized in life you by no means say by no means. I am trying to do one thing that I have never performed but, not one thing that I did. However would I do this? Who is aware of—if it was good, if it made sense. We had a lot enjoyable taking pictures and residing and dealing in New York Metropolis.”

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Penn Badgley is not tremendous however will not rule out the chance utterly.

Previously, Badgley did not have a lot pleasure about enjoying Dan Humphrey once more. “I don’t suppose that might occur for possibly one other 10 years as a result of when you have a look at the exhibits which might be being rebooted, they’re a lot older,” he advised Marie Claire in September. “I don’t suppose any of us are desirous about that, the creators or the forged.”

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However in a December interview with Leisure Tonight, Badgley appeared extra open to the concept. “May Dan Humphrey…? I do not… That is a message I gotta put on the prime of my inbox, you recognize, to consider,” Badgley advised reporter Lauren Zima. “I’ve not had conversations with any of the creators but, however you recognize…” he teased, his voice reportedly trailing off.

He continued, “I believe it is fairly clear that, like, I’ve by no means been a proponent of Dan Humphrey’s. I’ve by no means been essentially the best good friend or fan of Dan Humphrey, which now I reconcile on this method that I am like, you recognize, I’d like to contribute in a significant approach to it. And I suppose it could simply depend upon plenty of issues…It could depend upon how and why he is there.”

Regardless of his ambivalence, Badgley talks concerning the parallels between Dan Humphrey and Joe Goldberg in Netflix’s You, fairly usually lately.

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Hilary Duff would return, if requested.

In November, Duff advised ELLE.com that if requested, she’d be all the way down to return to Gossip Lady. “I did hear that is coming again and I bought very excited. I’d like to make a cameo,” she confirmed. Followers could do not forget that Duff performed actress Olivia Burke in a nine-episode arc of season 3. Whereas on the sequence, she lived with Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) and briefly romanced Dan (Badgley).

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Leighton Meester is open to doing a revival.

When Meester spoke to Self-importance Truthful a couple of doable reboot in August 2017, she appeared considerably open to the concept of reprising the position of Blair Waldorf, however approached the subject with a good quantity of hesitation.“I suppose I hear that [reunion talk] in suits and begins right here and there, nevertheless it’s arduous to say,” she mentioned. “If everybody was into it and if the timing was proper, you recognize? I don’t need to say, ‘No, by no means…’”

Meester has a transparent imaginative and prescient of what Blair could be doing now. “Once we final left Blair Waldorf, she had a child with [Chuck Bass], and she or he was operating her personal style firm,” she advised ELLE in February 2017. “Blair Waldorf might be about to debut her new style line. She’s in all probability doing New York Vogue Week! She’s bought a runway someplace.”

After the information dropped {that a} reboot was a chance, Meester was requested by E! Information in April 2019 if she could be open to doing Gossip Lady once more. “Nobody’s ever requested me,” she responded. “Nobody’s ever talked to me about it aside from in interviews, and I at all times say the identical. I by no means say by no means. So, I do not know. Nobody’s despatched me that info, it is coming from you.”

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Chace Crawford positively needs to make a cameo within the reboot.

In December 2018, Crawford advised Us Weekly that he would “be open to speaking about one thing” however was underneath the impression {that a} reboot wasn’t in dialogue. And although he’s open to the concept of enjoying Nate Archibald once more, he thinks the forged is perhaps too previous to reprise their former roles.“They’ll in all probability simply reboot it and forged all new younger children,” he added. “How are we going to do it? … At 35, I’m nonetheless at the highschool there, carrying my uniform?”

Then in July, Crawford mused a restricted sequence might be a chance…and he’d positively be down to look in it, telling Digital Spy that “I do not know what it could seem like with us being in our 30s now, however I at all times say, as a result of it was such a giant a part of my life, I am open to something. It must be actually proper, and actually particular, and with TV and the golden age of the TV streaming service, possibly an eight-episode season…”

Crawford identified it would not be simple to assemble all the unique stars. “It could be very robust to get everyone on board I believe due to their schedules, Penn, Leighton, Ed… They’re all doing actually good TV exhibits…The reboot would possibly come within the type of new characters. I’d completely cameo. I might need to!”

Ed Westwick shouldn’t be actually a fan of the concept.

When Westwick sat down for an interview with Radio Occasions in Could 2017, he mentioned that he seems like the concept of a Gossip Lady reboot is unimaginable, and that his character, Chuck Bass, is “performed out.” “Nah, that’s not gonna occur,” he advised the interviewer. “I do know there’s a bunch of them coming again—I hear they’re doing Will and Grace, they’ve performed Gilmore Ladies… Nevertheless it’s such a wierd factor to consider. It seems like we solely simply completed! And I haven’t performed sufficient in between but to really feel like I may comfortably revisit it. And I did a lot with that character – it’s performed out, man. It’s performed.” Regardless of his harsh phrases, Westwick mentioned he would take up the chance to play Chuck once more—however provided that he was provided thousands and thousands of {dollars}.

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Taylor Momsen has since stop performing, so it is unlikely she’d return.

Momsen skilled rising pains when filming Gossip Lady. Whereas on set, she targeted her consideration on music and finally started touring together with her rock band, The Fairly Reckless. “I am very fortunate that the producers had been good sufficient to jot down me out, permit me to tour, and pursue my ardour, as a result of they very simply may have advised me to go f–k myself and maintain me on the present,” she advised The Each day Beast in 2014. And so far as returning to play Jenny Humphrey? “I am not wanting to return to it,” she advised Riverfront Occasions in 2014. “Gossip Lady was an important expertise, and it helped in a technique and harm in one other, nevertheless it seems like without end in the past.”

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