HBO Max’s New ‘Gossip Girl’ Gives The Cast An Updated Look

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The new, modern Gossip Girl has released first-look pics of the new cast.

That’s right, Gossip Girl is returning to our viewing screens. Though, it won’t be presented the same way it was when the show ended in 2012. The new series will be a light continuation of the original show. The characters, who were seen in their costumes for the first time this week, will be ruling New York City after the original cast grew up and went their own ways. In addition, this 10 episode series, which will be streamed on HBO Max, will feature several people of color and multiple queer leads. Though, Kristen Bell is returning as the narrator.

According to an earlier report from Deadline, this show will begin “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.”

Writer and producer Joshua Safran also spoke about the project at the Vulture Festival in November 2019. There, Safran talked about the new series’ desire to be more representative of different groups.

“There was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show, I was the only gay writer I think the entire time I was there,” he said.

He then spoke out his personal experiences with being a New York student in the ‘90s. “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 non-white,” he added. “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.”


Source: Deadline, Vulture,

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