The first teaser for HBO Max’s Gossip Girl is here. The show is both a sequel and soft reboot of the original teen drama series of the same name that ran for six seasons from 2007 to 2021.
The original series, based on Cecily von Ziegesar’s eponymous book series and developed by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, featured Kristen Bell as an omniscient narrator, the titular Gossip Girl, who served as the narrator of upper-class teens on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. in New York and their lives.
The show was hugely successful, basically making the careers of such actors as Blake Lively, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Leighton Meester, among others.
Bell returns as the narrator, although the cast has new faces. Emily Alyn Lind, Eli Brown, Whitney Peak, Thomas Doherty, Jordan Alexander, Evan Mock, Zión Moreno, Savannah Smith, Tavi Gevinson, Johnathan Fernandez, Jason Gotay, Adam Chanler-Berat, Laura Benanti, Donna Murphy and others star.
The teaser, filmed dreamily with lots of slow-motion and close-ups, suggests the formula will remain the same, and this will likely be just right for those who loved the original series.
Gossip Girl’s official logline reads, “Secrets, secrets are no fun … unless they come from Gossip Girl. She’s back and worse than ever. I’ll see you on the stairs. “
Gossip Girl will premiere on HBO Max on July 8, 2021. It is not clear whether it will be made available to people outside of the US.