Gossip Girl boss on one condition to reboot series: ‘Let’s walk away’

Gossip Girl teaser features in HBO Max promo

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Fans were delighted to hear that the Upper Eastside was being revisited by HBO after the show was cancelled by The CW in 2012. Ahead of the reboot of the iconic Gossip Girl series, the show’s bosses recently revealed why they would’ve walked away from it altogether.

When HBO first revealed the teaser trailer for Gossip Girl’s comeback, the show was originally supposed to make its on-screen return earlier, but like most of the film industry production was paused due to the pandemic.

The return of the teen drama will give fans a trip down memory lane with its familiar storyline.

This time the students of the elite private school will have to deal with the return of the anonymous Gossip Girl blog.

This comes nine years after its identity was revealed as Dan Humphrey (played by Penn Badgely).

The original series featured a ton of household names such as Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick and Taylor Momsen.

This time around, the show will feature a brand new bunch of students who will have to uncover the identity of the Gossip Girl in the current social media climate.

It was recently revealed that the rebooted series will feature cameos of the original cast, but it’s yet to be seen whether it will be in flashbacks or as a recurring character.

One person definitely returning is Kristen Bell, the iconic narrator of the show.

In the original series, Kristen voiced the anonymous blogger to mask the identity of the mysterious student.

In a recent interview with People.com, showrunner Josh Saffran revealed that her return was the one condition to reboot the series.

After a discussion with the creators’ Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, he confessed:  “It wasn’t really a conversation, Josh and Stephanie were like, if she doesn’t want to do it, let’s all walk away.”

He added: “We went up to her and she was like, ‘Of course I want to do it,’ there’s no Gossip Girl without Kristen.

“I mean, it’s not just the voice, it’s her whole being, her soul comes through her voice and you just feel like you’re in the show, without her, whenever there’s like, a temp, it doesn’t feel like the show, and then when you hear her voice, then you’re like, ‘There it is.'”

With Kristen confirmed to be back it will be more than just the location that viewers will be familiar with.

The series was based on a novel of the same name and written by Cecily von Ziegesar’s bestselling book series.

On-screen Gossip Girl ran for six seasons from its premiere in 2007 until its end in 2012.

According to Deadline, the upcoming season will have 10 episodes.

Not much has been revealed about the plot except it will surround the current state of technology and the pressures of social media will be explored.

Gossip Girl will air on HBO Max on July 8th

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