(Pocket-lint) - Hey there Upper East Siders, Gossip Girl here. If you'd thought I was leaving you to get on with your lives, you were wrong. It might be nine years since I stopped unravelling the scandalous lives of Serena Van der Woodson, Blair Waldorf and their friends, but I'm back, and this time I have the powers of social media to help me out.
Yes, that's right. A Gossip Girl reboot is here, continuing on from the original show, but a decade on, with a new set of elite, privileged New York teens to play with.
Here is everything you need to know about the 2021 Gossip Girl revival, including how to watch it, what is expected from the show and how to catch up on the original series. You know you missed me, XOXO.
Gossip Girl reboot release date: When is it out?
Following an initial delay because of the global pandemic, production for the Gossip Girl remake started at the end of 2020.
The Gossip Girl reboot was released on 8 July 2021 in the US. It was then released in the UK on 25 August 2021.
How and where to watch Gossip Girl reboot?
The Gossip Girl reboot is available exclusively on the HBO Max streaming platform in the US. You can also watch it on The CW - the platform that aired the original Gossip Girl initially - as well as The CW's online platforms.
In the UK, Sky has a programming deal with the platform for HBO Originals, but the BBC snapped up the Gossip Girl reboot. It aired on BBC on 25 August 2021, and all episodes are available on BBC iPlayer.
How many episodes are there of the Gossip Girl reboot?
The Gossip Girl reboot launched on the HBO Max platform with six episodes, each of which are an hour long.
The original show went on for six seasons and there were a total of 121 episodes. At the moment, it is not known what the future will be beyond the original six episodes of the reboot, but we suspect the idea is that it will continue for longer than one season.
What is expected to happen in Gossip Girl reboot?
The original Gossip Girl cast aren't expected to reappear, but the Gossip Girl revival is a continuation of the original with Kristen Bell narrating Gossip Girl again, as she did in the original.
The official Gossip Girl twitter account - which is very active so worth a follow - confirmed a number of the cast members and the characters they will play (more on those below) prior to its launch, and it also confirmed the characters would go to Constance Billard and St Judes private schools again, whilst also offering a glimpse of the new sets and new uniforms. The new cast have also been pictured on the classic met steps, where plenty of drama happened for the original Gossip Girl cast, and there are a number of teasers too.
Of course, plenty has changed in the decade since the Gossip Girl blog took a little break, including the rise of social media, which would naturally have made her job significantly easier. That's reflected in the reboot with an anonymous Instagram account taking the place of the blog.
Deadline reported that the stance for the new Gossip Girl series is: "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."
Co-creator Josh Schwartz, said of the reboot in July 2019: "We felt that a version with just our cast grown up, regardless of the challenges of getting those actors, didn't feel like a group of adults controlled by "gossip girl" made much sense. We felt there was something interesting that we are all "gossip girl" in our own way and how that's evolved, morphed and mutated and telling that story through a new generation of Upper East Side high school kids felt right."
Meanwhile, original Gossip Girl showrunner and writer Joshua Safran who is also working on the reboot with Schwartz told the Hollywood Reporter: "It's just a new look at this particular society in New York, the idea being that society changes constantly. So how has this world changed, how has social media and its effect changed? All of those things allow us to look at the world 12 years on as opposed to just redoing the story."
Is there a trailer for the Gossip Girl reboot?
Oh yes. You can watch the official trailer released by HBO Max below.
There are also a number of teasers on the official Gossip Girl Twitter account that give a little more away in terms of the kind of drama you can expect, as well as a deeper dive into some of the relationships and characters. We've popped a few of them below.
Sorry, M. Secrets secrets are no fun unless they’re shared with everyone. pic.twitter.com/5pBUObUkQa— Gossip Girl (@gossipgirl) June 8, 2021
Is this a public display of affection? Or an invitation? pic.twitter.com/bZW3DMzkhS— Gossip Girl (@gossipgirl) June 7, 2021
Heavy is the head that holds everyone's dirty little secrets. pic.twitter.com/MTgIlg3nZ4— Gossip Girl (@gossipgirl) June 7, 2021
Watch out, A. Good boys make for the greatest blasts. pic.twitter.com/E9rlkcCxFU— Gossip Girl (@gossipgirl) June 6, 2021
Who will be cast in Gossip Girl reboot and what are their characters called?
The Gossip Girl official Twitter account detailed a number of the main characters for the show at the beginning of 2021, along with one main descriptive word for all of them to give us an idea of what they represent.
Julien Calloway (Jordan Alexander) was described as "Influence". Monet de Haan (Savannah Smith) as "Power". Luna La (Zion Moreno) as "Style". Max Wolfe (Thomas Doherty) as "Freedom". Audrey Hope (Emily Alyn Lind) as "Grace". Kate Keller (Tavi Gevinson) as "Ambition". Akeno 'Aki' Menzies (Evan Mock) as "Innocence". Zoya Lott (Whitney Peak) as "Perspective". Otto 'Obi' Bergmann IV (Eli Brown) as "Privilege".
Good afternoon, followers. I need no introduction, but these New York elite do. Pleased to present your newest obsession — coming to @hbomax this July. Clear your calendars accordingly. pic.twitter.com/msIEgKyT23— Gossip Girl (@gossipgirl) April 28, 2021
Other characters include Lyne Renée as Helena Bergmann (Otto's mother). Jason Gotay, Johnathan Fernandez and Adam Chanler-Berat are also confirmed.
Where to watch and steam the old Gossip Girl?
Netflix stopped streaming the original Gossip Girl on 31 December 2020. If you want to watch the original upper east siders, you can watch it on HBO Max in the US.
In the UK, all six seasons of the original Gossip Girl show are available on BBC iPlayer. They arrived on 19 August 2021.
You can buy also buy the original Gossip Girl seasons from iTunes, Amazon and YouTube.
Writing by Britta O'Boyle. Originally published on 10 June 2021.