Gossip Girl News Roundup: Who's Chuck Kissing This Season? (Besides Blair...)
Gossip Girl News Roundup: Who's Chuck Kissing This Season? (Besides Blair...)
Meghan Carlson
Meghan Carlson
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
But first: Happy birthday to Gossip Girl star Blake Lively, who turns 22 today!

And while we didn't exactly mail Ms. Lively a present (what does one get a rich, young starlet, anyway?) we do have some gifts for YOU... a news roundup, including one DOOZY of a spoiler that you wouldn't believe, except that it came from the Ausiello's mouth, and that mouth never (okay, seldom) lies!

Plus... hot pictures of Chace Crawford. Happy birthday to YOU.

- Sneak a Peek Under Blair's Sheets: Or over them, as it were. Her majesty has no patience for silly "no wallpaper" dorm rules, it seems...

blairs-dorm-room_521x313.jpg- Cali-fornicating Ed: Ed Westwick will guest star on the third season of HBO's Californication as a college student, presumably in one of Hank Moody's (David Duchovny) classes at his new teaching gig. I admit it's weird to see Ed in a hospital bed, being nursed by a buxom blonde who isn't Blake Lively, but I'll watch this guy in anything. Tune in to the second episode of the season (which premieres September 27) to see Westwick's guest spot!

- She's Baaaaack: With Season 3 upon us, Gossip Girl is back to blogging about the goings on with our favorite Manhatten elites, and she seems to have a new fascination with the Humphreys! Her first two scoops don't reveal much to our minds, but maybe you can read more between her lines...

- Chace Channels His Inner James Dean: In the latest Interview Magazine, Chace Crawford shows us a whole different side... and this one is tattooed! "It's good to switch things up," Crawford said of his bad boy photoshoot image. He also talked about his intense Footloose training, which includes kickboxing, break dancing, and more... check out the full article on their site, plus the rest of the sexy pics.

- The first official photos from Season 3 Episode 1, "Reversals of Fortune," are out today! Check 'em all out here, or in the slideshow below.

- Spoiler Alert! E! Online's has a couple enlightening Gossip Girl answers today in regards to our two biggest guest ladies in Season 3.

Q: How is Michelle Trachtenberg going to juggle Gossip Girl and her new show Mercy?
A: Gossip Girl's Georgina Sparks herself says, "I can't even begin to guess what the writers have in store for me. I mean, Mercy is definitely something that will take a lot of time and will be spearheaded, so there will be a little bit of a combination of everything. The great news is that even if Georgina isn't in as many episodes as one would think... she kind of can't die ever. So she'll be in and out always."

Q: Anything you can tell about Olivia's new guy on Gossip Girl?
A: Olivia's (Hilary Duff) new guy is actually an old flame. Olivia first appears in episode four on Gossip Girl in this third season, and shortly thereafter we meet her ex-boyfriend, who's interested in getting back in her life.

And finally... that doozy of a spoiler...

- Spoiler #3: Chuck Bass goes... GAY?!

Says Ausiello:

Spotted: Chuck Bass sucking face with a dude!

It's true! Multiple Gossip Girl insiders confirm to me exclusively that the CW phenom is currently shooting an episode for its upcoming third season in which Ed Westwick's legendary lothario kisses another man.

So who's the lucky guy? And what are the circumstances surrounding the same-sex smooch? Keep reading for all the spoilery details...

First things first: Sorry to disappoint, but no, it's not Chace Crawford. Westwick's "romantic" interest is up-and-come Neal Bledsoe (CSI: NYGuiding Light), who's guest-starring in episode 6 as Josh Ellis, NYU's head of freshman affairs. Since Josh is tasked with selecting an incoming student for the honor of delivering the freshman speech, he's, shall we say, a person of interest to Blair.

In fact, she's so determined to snag the slot that she goes so far as to pimp out her boyfriend out to the gay guy in charge.

The catch? All you need to know is there is one. Oh, and wait until you hear what Chuck says to Blair following the lip-lock. (Must. Resist. Temptation. To. Spoil.)

It was only a matter of time before GG played the maybe-gay card with Chuck, who swung both ways in Cecily von Ziegesar's Gossip Girl books.

What do you think? Surprised? Titillated? Horrified? Choose your adjectives below!

My adjective right now is... hesitant. I will have to withhold any further adjectives until I see how the Gossip Girl crew treats this special... liaison, and whether Chuck is just taking one for the team, or switching teams altogether! What do YOU think?

-Meghan Carlson, BuddyTV Staff Writer