Hey upper east siders! News has gotten to me that there is going to be a reboot of the iconic TV show that is Gossip Girl. Can someone please tell me why Hollywood is so obsessed with making reboots or remakes of popular shows? Where’s the creativity and originality? Every classic film/series you can think of is literally getting a reboot.
Growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, Gossip Girl was everyone’s favorite show. We vicariously lived through the whole cast, who didn’t?
Don’t even get me started on the looks they always served! I wanted to live in Serena Van Der Woodsen’s wardrobe and be her best friend, while Blair Waldorf on the other hand was my spirit animal.
Gossip girl was that teen show everyone loved. From the parties, to how privileged they were, to the outfits – I wanted to desperately live in the Upper East Side. Again, who didn’t?
However, I personally believe in leaving things just the way they are. I love imagining the life of my favorite characters after I’ve finished a movie or a series and just let my imaginations run wild. I mean don’t get me wrong, when they announce a reboot or a sequel of my favorite shows, you bet your ass I’m going to watch it. But more often than not, they end up being a let down.
The thing about reboots is that they are either a hit or miss, there is no in-between; you either get it or you don’t. In order for the reboot to suit today’s viewers, so much will have to change. Changing things might cause the show to have low ratings and even destroy the legacy of the original cast. They might as well just use that energy to create a new show, in my opinion.
Filming for the reboot just recently started, and although it doesn’t have a premier date, it’s said to be out next year on HBO Max. It has been almost eight years since the iconic show ended and yes, it still remains one of my favorite TV series of all time. The drama, manipulation, betrayal, sex, drugs and amazing fashion was everything to me back then. I was always living for Serena and Blair’s dramatic BFF fights.
Still, let me be the first to say this: WE ABSOLUTELY DO NOT NEED A GOSSIP GIRL REBOOT.
I can appreciate an additional season with the original cast, or a reunion special just like with ‘friends’. It would be nice to see my favorite wealthy New Yorkers again now that the cast is older. I really miss them on my screen – especially Chuck and Blair! With a new cast and story line, no matter how hard they try, the show can never be the same. Rather, it might just ruin the legacy of the old cast although I’m hoping it doesn’t. Who knows? it might actually turn out to be really good. In my opinion however, Gossip girl is a national treasure and should honestly remain in the past.
So many things that were accepted or shoved under the rug in 2007 will never be allowed in 2020. For instance, there is no way Chuck Bass would get away with the numerous derogatory things he did to women at the beginning of the show, without the show or the character himself receiving some backlash. (Chuck Bass had a lot of character development though, which I loved so much).
The messiness and sometimes unrealistic drama is really what made Gossip Girl THE show.
Taking away from it or even adding to it is just a no for me; they might as well just call it a new name and not Gossip Girl. Thankfully, the show’s original creators Josh Schwartch and Stephanie Savage are going to be part of the new cast, but is this really good news? they might try to resurrect some original ideas and incorporate it into the new show.
Photos of the new cast sitting on the MET stairs recently surfaced online. You can see the similarities between the original and new cast, especially the male characters. Hellooo New Dan and Chuck.
A good thing however, is that there is a bit of racial diversity which is something the original show lacked.
The only confirmed returnee from the old cast is the voice of Gossip Girl (Kristen Bell). This is good news because I would have nearly fainted if I heard a weird voice saying “..and who am I? that’s a secret I’ll never tell. You know you love me..”
The reboot will be set eight years after the events of the original show. Eight years after the world finally found out who Gossip Girl was.
Shooting for the first season has begun so really, whether I complain from now till tomorrow we’re still going to get the reboot, so I’ll be back in 2021 when season one officially drops to give you my two cents.
In the meantime, watch the entire 6 seasons on Netflix while we wait.
Who am I? You already know.
Xoxo, a Gossip Girl Stan.