A Gossip Girl Reboot Is In The Works – But Not How Fans Are Expecting

Old TV series don't end. They eventually come back in reboots.

The latest in the recent stream of revivals is a new version of Gossip Girl from Warner Bros. TV and CBS Television Studios on streaming service HBO Max.

The serialised drama, which has received a 10-episode order, will pick up eight years after the original series ended. According to TVLine, the series is getting the sequel-style reboot treatment featuring an all-new set of Manhattan private school delinquents.

This version will show "just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has changed in the intervening years", according to its home at new streaming service HBO Max in the US.

While this is a reboot, original series executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will return, with Gossip Girl veteran Joshua Safran on board as the main writer.

Originally airing on The CW from 2007 to 2012, and based on the book series of the same name, the original plan was a Gossip Girl film starring Lindsay Lohan produced by Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls, which was rebooted on Netflix as a series of four movies, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel).

When this failed to surface, Savage and Schwartz took over the project to create The CW series. The CW, at the time, was in search of something to generate attention and the teen sudser helped put the network on the social media map. 

The Upper East Side-based drama joins a long list of series in this genre to already be rebooted.

Included are Beverly Hills, 90210 (which returned as 90210 on The CW and will be reincarnated as BH90210 with the original cast on Fox next month), Melrose Place (which failed to generate interest the second time around on The CW), and Dallas (which, after a three-season revival on TNT, was abruptly canceled without solving the season-ending cliffhanger).

There's no word yet on if the original cast will be integrated into the 10-episode HBO Max reboot in some way, although Chace Crawford did recently tell Digital Spy he'd be game for a limited-series revival.

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