OMFG, East Siders. “Gossip Girl” is woke! HBO Max, a new streaming service raiding the libraries of WarnerMedia, announced the scandalous series from 2007-2012 is getting a major reboot. The show’s creators, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, have jumped on board and are re-imaging “Gossip Girl,” named “Best. Show. Ever.” by New York magazine when it first premiered, for a more inclusive generation.
Though a premiere date has not been announced, this much we know: Kristen Bell will return as the narrator/ voice of the series, original stars have been offered cameos (but not as series regulars), it will still be set in New York, queer content will be aplenty, and the reboot will be awash in social media. Hard to believe, but GG peaked before Instagram took over our lives, sexting become a thing and everyone had an iPhone. “… We are all Gossip Girl now,” Schwartz said recently, noting the series will examine how social media “has evolved and how that has mutated and morphed through a new generation of Upper East Side high school kids.”
The 1.0 version, which advocacy groups accused of being “every parent’s worst nightmare,” defined the culture for an entire generation of millennials, offering a simmering pot of sex, drugs and money in the hands of over-priviledged teens with Amex black cards. “Whoever said money doesn’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop,” Leighton Meester famously hissed as the original Queen B of the series. Expect the Generation Z version to have the same bite, but with a much more diverse cast (let’s face it, you couldn’t get much whiter than the original cast). No word if Dorota will still be around to clean up the ensuing (hot)mess.