The scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite will be on display again.
That’s right Upper East Siders, Gossip Girl is getting a spinoff series. WarnerMedia has given a straight-to-series order for a spinoff that will be going to its new streaming service, HBO Max.
We won’t be focused on Serena van der Woodsen (played in the original series by Blake Lively) and Blair Waldorf (played by Leighton Meester) this time around. Instead, it will be eight years after the events of the original show’s finale and we’re heading to a New York private school. We’ll follow the teens there as they are introduced to the social surveillance of the Gossip Girl site.
10 one-hour episodes have been ordered for the new show, which will bring back original executive producers, including Joshua Safran, Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Leslie Morgenstein. The 100 and The Originals EP Gina Girolamo is on board as executive producer, with Lis Rowinski (Runaways, Dynasty) on board as co-EP.
HBO Max, one of the many streaming companies on the way to compete with the likes of Netflix, will be launching March – June 2020. The service will have original HBO content; programming from a slate of companies that include New Line, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros., among others; all of Friends will be there; as will other new WB-produced dramas such as Katy Keene (a Riverdale spinoff) and Batwoman. No word as yet on whether HBO Max will find its way to Australia, although it’s likely Netflix or Stan will be making deals for the individual shows instead.
The original Gossip Girl series last six season and ended in 2012. The show was based on the YA novel series from author Cecily von Ziegesar and also starred Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick and Taylor Momsen. It remains to be seen if any original cast members sign up for the new show. Stay tuned.