For fans of late '00s, slightly trashy TV, Gossip Girl really represents a golden age. Set around the lives of a bunch of incredibly privileged and beautiful teenagers, the show followed their fascinating lives (and the huge amount of drama that seemed to follow them wherever they go).
Since it left our screens in 2010 (with one of the most bizarre final episodes of any television show, ever), we've been getting our fix on Netflix.
But now, that's all set to change ...
First hitting our screens in 2007, Gossip Girl quickly became a cultural phenomenon.Not only was it an absolute smash hit on television, but it also managed to take over the entirety of pop culture. It broke records and changed the way that we spread gossip online, forever.
It really was television's ultimate guilty pleasure.The subject matter (annoyingly rich teenagers) wasn't the easiest to sympathize with, but the melodramatic (and often unintentionally hilarious) storylines were enough to continue to draw viewers in.
Although the final twist was perhaps the straw that broke the camel's back.The revelation of the true identity of Gossip Girl left an entire audience scratching their heads.
But last month, there was some exciting news for GG fans.
Many were pretty excited about the remake...But there were also some major revelations about it - primarily based around the fact the original is still so well-loved.
There are some similarities between the original and the reboot...
can’t wait for the gossip girl reboot nothing excites me more than the idea of a modern day nate archibald in head… https://t.co/dL8jlkZriy— trish (@trish)1606505230.0
This, understandably, has left some fans feeling worried.
it could never be the same without this iconic couple #GossipGirl https://t.co/OJfh1rZ4zw— •e (@•e)1563414220.0
Though there is one aspect of the reboot that fans are excited to see.
savannah smith jordan alexander zion moreno and thomas doherty on set of the gossip girl reboot 🥰 https://t.co/DLOUtxaLT2— grace (@grace)1606243334.0
Well, we've come on in leaps and bounds since then.With the dominance of social media across our entire lives, the way that Gossip Girl operates will be totally different - and totally fascinating.
It's clear that the show won't be the same as the original.
[2019 gossip girl reboot where gossip girl tweets instead of blogs] x—and i cannot stress this enough—oxo— Jill Gutowitz (@Jill Gutowitz)1563412645.0
Because, for fans of the show, there's long been one complaint.Gossip Girl has long been criticized for its incredible lack of diversity, with almost all of the characters white and straight.
Well, one of the writers recently addressed this.
via: Getty Images“There was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show," writer and executive producer, Joshua Safran, said at Vulture Festival last month.
“I was the only gay writer I think the entire time I was there."
via: IMDBAnd that wasn't the only problem - what was seen on screen was also worryingly homogenized.
All of the six main characters were white, straight, and cis.The only person of color in a protagonist role was Vanessa, Dan's "bohemian" best friend.
And the only queer storyline?Well, that came courtesy of Serena's little brother Eric van der Woodsen - but his sexuality was never truly a major plot point.
But Safran has pledged to make a change.
via: Getty Images"This time around the leads are nonwhite. There’s a lot of queer content on this show."
And that isn't all.
via: Getty Images"It is very much dealing with the way the world looks now, where wealth and privilege come from, and how you handle that."
Safran has other regrets aside from the lack of diversity.Alongside lamenting the "not as much representation for people of color and gay storylines," Safran regrets "not showing Chuck finger Blair and the [...] other sexual stuff."
There's another big change Safran has promised.
Can’t wait to see the gossip girl reboot cast photo.... history 😌☝🏽 https://t.co/p9cdc480fR— belle🌻 (@belle🌻)1606263538.0