Fans were understandably upset when they learned that the new Gossip Girl series wouldn’t be featuring our cast of favorite Upper East Siders. After all, what is Gossip Girl without the likes of Blair Waldorf, Serena van der Woodsen, Chuck Bass, and the whole crew? Well, it seems that might not be an issue anymore.
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The reboot will still focus on a new generation of Upper East Siders and how they deal with Gossip Girl in the age of social media, but there is a very real possibility that we can look forward to the OG cast reprising their roles as at least cameos. Josh Schwartz, one of the creators of the show, revealed in a press event that they had already reached out to the cast.
According to Entertainment Tonight Schwartz announced:
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.
And we already know of one cast member very willing and excited to make a reappearance. Chace Crawford spoke enthusiastically about reprising his role as Nate Archibald to Digital Spy. While on the subject of the Gossip Girl reboot he told them: “I would absolutely cameo. I’d have to!”
As for why this ‘extension’ of a show would rather utilize fresh characters than a tried and tested lot? Schwartz explains that “it didn’t really feel like a group of adults that would be patrolled by Gossip Girl would make a lot of sense.” HBO’s press release for the show describes it as such:
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.
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Schwartz warns that the new characters will not simply be iterations of the characters we already know. A completely new group of high schoolers will feature in order to talk about how “we are all purveyors of our own social media surveillance state and how that has evolved and how that has mutated and morphed.”
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