Gossip Girl returns with a new decade, new character cast, but familiar drama

It’s 2021 and once again the world is diving back into the scandalous life of Manhattan’s young elite.

Seven years after the last episode of the original Gossip Girl, an all-new series will hit screens on July 8th.

Ten new one-hour episodes will air on HBO Max in the US and local streaming service, Binge.

There will be new faces and new stories, but there is a familiar friend to dust off: The Rumor Mill.

A warning to anyone watching the original season for the first time in the works – this article may contain spoilers.

Where we left the original series

For 121 episodes, audiences followed the lives of Upper East Side high school students Blair, Serena, Dan, Chuck, Nate (and more) as they grew up, fell in love and lost love – and faced a multitude of scandals.

The original series Gossip Girl had a big impact on pop culture, especially in fashion.(

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Among it all, like an online puppeteer, was Gossip Girl: an anonymous blogger with a penchant for unearthing and exposing the group’s salacious secrets.

In the last episode of the series, former outsider Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) is revealed to be the controversial character.

A five-year leap forward gave the public a sense of where their favorites were going: Dan and Serena got married, Chuck and Blair became parents, “Little J” Jenny ran a fashion brand.

Also from a TV show, a married couple kiss in front of a cheering small crowd.
The final episode of the show’s first installment saw the writers wrap up the plots of a number of key characters. (

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What do we know about the new series?

First of all, the reboot won’t be a continuation of the previous series.

“Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York City private school teens are introduced to social surveillance of Gossip Girl,” it reads the connection line.

A two-minute trailer released last month – with 9 million+ views – offers plenty of clues as to what to expect.


To the frigid beat of Frank Ocean’s Super Rich Kids, it portrays a familiar scene – a clique of cool, wealthy, and powerful teenage girls running the elite Constance Billiards School for Girls.

There is a sense of parallel to her predecessor early on, as new student Zoya Lott enters an unknown world.

And then, the “ding” of a phone notification, and a familiar voice: “Did you miss me?” “

Gossip Girl is back and the circus is rebooting, throwing relationships and reputations into the air.

Will the original cast of Gossip Girl appear?

Despite a whirlwind of rumors, it seems unlikely this reboot will feature regulars from the previous series.

Co-creator Josh Schwartz explained why in a interview 2019:

Stars like Blake Lively – who pursued a career in film – declined to comment on the 2021 series.

Color photo of Anna Kendrick holding a camera and Blake Lively in a tuxedo standing in a park in the 2018 film A Simple Favor.
Lively starred alongside Anna Kendrick in the 2018 thriller, A Simple Favor. (

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Since 2018, original Gossip Girl Penn Badgley starred in Netflix’s You, a psychological thriller series. A third season of the show was confirmed last year.

Teammates Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick and Chase Crawford each pursued television and film projects, while Taylor Momsen turned to music, becoming the lead singer of rock band The Pretty Reckless.


In one more recent discussion with Daily Beast, Josh Schwartz revealed that viewers could expect cameos from other original actors.

There’s one very familiar element: Kristen Bell is about to reprise her role as the lead character’s voice.

As to who exactly will be behind the keyboard? We will have to wait and see.

Who is in the new cast?

The baton has been passed to a new group of talent – and in numbers, larger.

A modern Blair Waldorf appears to take the form of Julien Calloway, a teenage influencer played by Canadian actress Jordan Alexander. With a shaved head, the 27-year-old character is a big departure from Waldorf’s headband-adorned reign.

Calloway’s offsiders appear to be Luna La and Monet de Haan – played by Zion Moreno and Savannah Smith.


Whitney Peak plays the role of “reliable” Zoya. The 17-year-old actress recently appeared in Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

For much of the group – including Savannah Smith and Evan Mock – the reboot marks their first major gigs.

Fans of the American drama series Revenge may recognize Emily Alyn Lind, who as a child played a young Amanda Clarke. In Gossip Girl, Lind becomes Audrey Hope, the daughter of a fashion designer and Aki’s girlfriend of Evan Mock.

And while her character, Kate Keller, remains largely a mystery, actress Tavi Gevinson is not. Well versed in the blogging world, the 25-year-old rose to prominence as a pre-teen for her page, Style Rookie.

The writer has since launched – and closed – a magazine of the same name.


Singer-songwriter and actor Eli Brown and Scottish-born Disney star Thomas Doherty complete the main set.

What has changed since the original Gossip Girl?

During Gossip Girl’s eight-year hiatus, the world has undergone great changes.

When we left Serena van der Woodsen, she was texting Lonely Boy on an iPhone 4S. Chuck and Blair rocked the Blackberries – we are now on the iPhone 12.

Then there are social networks: expect Instagrams, possible Snapchats, maybe a TikTok.

Still from the TV episode.  Two well-dressed teenage girls are sitting next to each other and looking at their phones.
The show is expected to strongly reflect the types of impact and influence of social media on the lives of young people. (

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The show’s bosses have hinted strongly that the reboot will focus on the many ways social media now infiltrates our lives and the types of impacts that has.

A whole series of social problems have also arisen. There was the Me Too movement, Black Lives Matter, SchoolStrike4Climate … the list goes on and on.

Where to watch the new season of Gossip Girl

Good news for the local fans, there will be no delays. The first episode will be available to stream from July 8 on Binge.

In the meantime, all six seasons of the original series are available in full on the same platform.

You can also catch it on Foxtel and on demand from July 8 as well – the first episode will be on FOX8 at 8:30 p.m.

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