‘Gossip Girl’ reboot starts filming, original cast not returning

The much-anticipated teen drama series, Gossip Girl reboot is heading to HBO Max and will start filming next month. Furthermore, none of the original cast plans to return.

The original series, which aired in the CW Network ran for six seasons. However, when the show landed on Netflix, it boosted its popularity even more. When CW decided to end the show in its sixth season, fans are hoping to get a sequel. After a long wait, the Gossip Girl reboot is finally happening.

The original series is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar. It followed a group of wealthy teenagers in New York’s Upper East Side. Their lives are intertwined after Gossip Girl, a mysterious blogger, uncovers their secrets.

Gossip Girl reboot will start filming

The reboot was supposed to arrive on HBO Max autumn of this year. However, the pandemic changed the filming schedules. HBO Max is a new streaming service launched a few months ago.

Gossip Girl reboot is just one of the many TV productions on hold because of the virus. As lockdowns were removed, and safety protocols are in place, filming began to resume. Furthermore, a lot of TV shows scheduled to release this year are pushed back in 2021.

The series is now scheduled to film at the end of October in New York. Besides, the production has already started in Los Angeles and Vancouver. Although, it might take a while to finish the series because of the ongoing pandemic.

Gossip Girl reboot plot details

Executive producer Josh Schwartz asserted that the reboot is not a sequel, but rather a continuation of the original series. He said:

“There aren’t, like, new actors playing Serena and Blair. It’s not a remake. [It’s] a continuation of that world. We’ve reached out to all of them to let them know it was happening, and we would love for them to be involved if they want to be involved.”

The 10-episode show is set eight years after the original series ended. The new version of the series will follow a new generation of the Upper East Siders. Just like the previous series, the new characters are introduced to the Gossip Girl website.

The original cast has no plans to return

Although the fans are hoping for the original cast to return, it appears that returning is not an option. Blake Lively, Penn Badgely, and Leighton Meester are all on the same page. On the other hand, Chace Crawford was not asked to come back.


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