With the original Gossip Girl series, things got a little off the rails—to put it lightly—as the show went on. One day Blair Waldorf was a high schooler kicking people off the steps of the Met, the next thing you know she’s marrying a prince from Monaco who secretly hates her. But, will the new Gossip Girl revival series meet a similar fate? So far, only one season has been confirmed, but if the show goes on, we could see something as wild as, say, one the new characters having an affair with one of the OGs. Much crazier things have happened in this series.
What are the actual odds we get more episodes?
While there is a chance that the new Gossip Girl will end after just one season, it definitely hasn’t been canceled or anything. A second season just hasn’t been confirmed. One of the producers behind the show spoke out about something major that could happen if the show does get picked up for more seasons. In an interview with The Daily Beast, showrunner Joshua Safran, who was also an executive producer on the original series, said that original cast members could return if there is a second season. Safran had already made clear that this show exists in the same world as the original, so Serena, Blair, Nate, and everyone else still exists and is going about their thirty-something business.
Okay, great. So what about cameos from the OG season? Are we getting them in season 2?
Safran explained that he didn’t want to the new characters to live “in the shadow of the original characters” and that bringing any of the main cast back for quick cameos in season 1 would just leave viewers wanting more. “The decision was: Let’s get season 1 under our belt, and should we get season 2, we’ll have the chance to bring in cameos that are more than glorified cameos but actually give them storylines,” Safran said. That said there will be cameos from original cast members in season 1, but not from the series regulars. (Dorota? Will it be Dorota?)
In another interview, this one with The Hollywood Reporter, Safran talked about how he came to the decision to work on the revival after being hesitant, and part of it was knowing that he could get his vision out there, even if only for 12 episodes.
“I was like, ‘You know what, I’d like to do some things we were unable to do the first time around,'” Safran said. “And that’s what kept me up at night—a more inclusive show, a more queer show, looking at how social media has changed in the 12 years since the original Gossip Girl—and then I couldn’t get that out of my head. And that made me be like, ‘Sure, it’s 12 episodes.’ Maybe that’s all it’ll be, but I’m really glad to look at it in a new way. It’s different than most reboots.”
If the series does continue past the first, 12-episode season, it will be interesting to see if any of the main cast members do want to come back and what their characters will be up to, if so. Gossip Girl 1.0 featured plenty of affairs with older people, corrupt mentors, and fancy socialites. If any of the old characters return, they’d fit right into any of those roles.
Cosmopolitan will update this post as more season 2 information becomes available.
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