HBO Max Is Gifting Us With A Gossip Girl Reboot

Nov 13, 2020
02:13 A.M.
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Hey, upper east siders. Have I got news for you? The Gossip Girl reboot has begun production. The series is set to drop next year.


It’s been eight years now since the television series last graced our screens. Some of the scenes still live in my mind rent-free.

In September, Variety reported that the show was slated to start shooting in New York in October and that production had already begun (or was about to) in Vancouver, New York, and L.A. Sources say that viewers can look forward to at 2021 premiere.

Production Delay


The isn’t dropping in 2020 - in the spirit of this rollercoaster of a year, the delay was because of Covid-19. HBO Max chief content officer Kevin Reilly told Vulture that the show was in pre-production and ready to roll in late May.

Production has since been underway as of October 26 - an occasion documented by new star Emily Alyn Lind who plays Audrey. She shared a mirror selfie to her Instagram stories in the makeup trailer captioned "Day 1."

Karena Evans Set To Direct First Two Episodes


Karena Evans who has worked on some Drake music video including God’s Plan” and “Nice for What”. She has also ventured into television directing a handful of episodes of “P-Valley” and “Snowfall.”

“I couldn’t be more excited for Karena to launch the new series. Her vision, voice, and passion are incomparable. It’s an honor and a privilege to get to work with her, and I can’t wait for everyone to see what she has planned.”

Executive Producer Joshua Safran expresses his excitement to work with Evans.

The Revival Focuses On New Teens


The new season picks up eight years after the show revealed "lonely boy," Dan Humphrey, as Gossip Girl, and the website went dark.

"The prestige series will address just how much social media—and the landscape of New York itself—has changed in the intervening years."

reads a press release, per Vulture

Confirmed Cast

(Photo by Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

(Photo by Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

On March 2, Deadline reported that Lind is a lead in the upcoming series. Lind’s character, Audrey, is a character who "has been in a long-term relationship and is beginning to wonder what more could be out there."


Deadline also confirmed four new additions to the ensemble: Whitney Peak (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Eli Brown (Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists), Johnathan Fernandez (Lethal Weapon), and Jason Gotay (Peter Pan Live!). Viewers can reportedly expect a similar dynamic among the characters to the original series.

Kristen Bell Will As The Show's Narrator

(Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association)

(Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association)

Any fan knows that Dan Humphrey ended up being the show's central mystery blogger, but Kristen Bell always voiced Gossip Girl.

“Kristen Bell has always been and will always be the voice of Gossip Girl.”

said showrunners Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, and Joshua Safran in a joint statement.