Gossip Girl reboot announced by new HBO streaming service

New show set eight years after original

Clémence Michallon
New York
Wednesday 17 July 2019 20:37 BST
(Rex Features)

Get ready to dive back into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite, because Gossip Girl is coming back.

HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service, has placed a straight-to-series order for a reboot of the iconic CW show.

The new series will be set eight years after the conclusion of the original (which ended in 2012).

Viewers will be introduced to a new group of private school students who will also come under the Gossip Girl radar – but this time in the age of social media.

A straight-to-series order means that the network is skipping the pilot stage and committing to the reboot directly.

A description of the upcoming reboot provided by WarnerMedia reads: ”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.”

Gossip Girl, based on Cecily von Ziegesar’s books, premiered in 2007 and brought worldwide fame to its stars Blake Lively, Leighton Meester​, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick and Taylor Momsen.

It ran for six seasons, developing a strong fan following in the process – though many disagreed with the show’s writers’ decision to reveal in the series finale that (spoiler alert) Dan Humphrey had been Gossip Girl all along.

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Joshua Safran, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who all worked on the original show, are slated to executive produce the reboot. Safran has also been tapped to write the new series,

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