Gossip Girl here. Your no. 1 source for Manhattan’s elite just might be returning to spread the freshest gossip for another day (or, Nelly Yuki willing, for six more seasons and a movie).
That’s right: The CW is apparently having “discussions” about rebooting the beloved late-’00s drama that was Gossip Girl, according to TV Line. The news comes straight from CW’s president, Mark Pedowitz, who was recently asked about a reboot at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour.
“There’s a discussion, but I don’t know if we’re there yet,” Pedowitz reportedly said. “I don’t know what it would be. A lot is up to Warner Bros. and [exec producers] Josh [Schwartz] and Steph[anie Savage], ’cause you don’t want to do anything without them.”
Those details are admittedly pretty vague, but then again, it’s never seemed totally out of the realm of possibility that the CW would bring back the show, which was based loosely on the novels by Cecily von Ziegesar. For one, multiple cast members have said they’d be down for a new version — including star Blake Lively, who played the flighty, free-spirited Serena Van der Woodsen. Back in 2017, Blake told Variety, “I don’t know. Why not? It sort of all depends. Would I do seven years of the show? No, because it’s hard work and I’ve got my babies, and I don’t want to be away from them that much. But I’ve just learned in life you never say never.”
Meanwhile, Leighton Meester, aka queen bee Blair Waldorf, previously told Vanity Fair that a reboot was not out of the question. “If everyone was into it and if the timing was right, you know?…I don’t want to say, ‘No, never,’” she said at the time. Let’s hope that’s still true, since we can’t imagine a hypothetical reimagined GG without the elegance and perfectionism of B.
It’s not even the first time that the showrunners have pondered what a present-day Gossip Girl could look like, with Josh Schwartz telling E! in 2016 that “the world has become Gossip Girl now, and now literally everyone is Gossip Girl.”
Which, sure, a contemporary Gossip Girl would definitely have to up her game to compete with the sheer amount of information currently available online and accessible to basically everyone. But there are plenty of ways the show’s creators could infuse drama back into the Upper East Side. Maybe they’d pull a Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists and bring in a new generation of snobby prep school kids, as was hinted at in Gossip Girl‘s final episode. Or maybe they’d do a more adult version, looking at the infamous socialites as they settle down into married life, with children and charities to run.
Anyway, it looks like Penn Badgley might want to start making room in his You-filled schedule, though we suspect he wouldn’t have too hard a time switching between Joe Goldberg and Dan Humphrey; after all, they’re both experts at making stalking and harassment look charming.
Hey, maybe we need a Gossip Girl reboot so someone can finally put Dan in his place — fingers crossed it’s Nelly Yuki. Plus, we all could use a bit of Blair Waldorf style back in our lives. XOXO.