Gossip Girl: Character Updates and Spoilers Abound!
Gossip Girl: Character Updates and Spoilers Abound!
Gossip Girl is about to reveal one of its more elderly characters in the coming episodes.

According to TV Guide's Mike Ausiello, the CW's new teen drama, Gossip Girl, is introducing Serena van der Woodsten's (Blake Lively) “wealthy, manipulative and larger-than-life grandmother.”  The trade reporter and resident gossip also speculates that the role may be portrayed by veteran actress Kelly Bishop, whose character in The CW's Gilmore Girls was the acid-tongued matriarch Emily Gilmore.

Gossip Girls creator Josh Schwartz has yet to confirm the identity of the actress slated to take the role.

Meanwhile, a character related to Serena's frienemy, Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), is set to begin appearing on the show later this year.  While no specific air date has been given for the character's debut, there are some minor spoilers available, which readers can access by reading on.

SpoilerFix is reporting that Blair's father, Harold Waldorf, will begin appearing on Gossip Girl by the show's ninth episode.  The website also claims the character will appear in at least two episodes this season.

Late last month, Ausiello revealed that Harold is "a Cary Grant charmer with impeccable taste and manners.”  In line with the eponymous book series on which the series is based, Harold, who is separated from Blair's mother, is homosexual.

SpoilerFix is also reporting that the handsome Waldorf patriarch, although completely devoted to Blair, spends most of his time away from her, mainly because he lives in Paris, France with his boyfriend, who works as a model.

Unfortunately, the spoilers end there, though fans of Gossip Girl can take solace in the fact that the show has been picked up for a full season.  The CW entertainment president Dawn Ostroff said the target audience's positive reception to the show is the main reason why the network decided to pick up the nine back episodes.

“People everywhere are talking about Gossip Girl and we believe this show will continue to build audience as it builds buzz,” Ostroff said.  “Josh Schwartz and [executive producer] Stephanie Savage have created an incredibly heightened-reality world that viewers are locking into while advertisers, affiliates and press have also embraced the show.  The series has earned its early pick-up and we look forward to a long run on The CW.”

Gossip Girl airs Wednesdays at 9/8c.

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: TV Guide, Spoiler TV, MediaWeek
(Image Courtesy of The CW)