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 went).
Since it left our screens in 2010 (with one of the most bizarre final episodes of any television show, ever), the world has been left with a prep-school-scandal sized hole in its heart. Until now.
Deadline has reported that new streaming service, HBO Max, has ordered ten brand new, hour-long episodes of Gossip Girl. While it won't be too similar to the original, it'll be based on the same source material and has the same writer - and fans of the original are pretty excited about the news.
And even more exciting? It's been confirmed that the new Gossip Girl will be way more diverse than the problematically homogenized original. Scroll on for all the details.
First hitting our screens in 2007, Gossip Girl was 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 was really 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. And that wasn't the only unanswered question left after the final episode.
But fans need wonder no more.
Many were pretty excited about the reboot.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.The original writer and producer of the series, Jonathan Safran, will be consistent across both, as will the source material of the Cecily von Ziegesar novel of the same name. But it seems like the cast will be all-new.
Which has left some fans feeling worried.
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Though there is one aspect of the reboot that fans are excited to see.Gossip Girl first looked at how technology impacts the world of gossip - but this was all done via text alerts and a weirdly antiquated looking website.
We've come on in leaps and bounds since then.Now, 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.But maybe, done right, it'll be just as good in its own right. And the latest news seems to confirm this!
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.
And one writer has spoken out.
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 this week.
“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.
And 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."
That's not 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."