Gossip Girl Scoop: Savage "Spills" On Back-to-School Shake-Ups
Gossip Girl Scoop: Savage "Spills" On Back-to-School Shake-Ups
Meghan Carlson
Meghan Carlson
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
People.com spoke with Gossip Girl executive producer Stephanie Savage about what the masses can expect when the series returns to the CW on September 14. While those of us who regularly ravage the web for spoilers (oh, what a sad but oddly satisfying shared existence we lead...) have heard most of these half-hints before, it doesn't hurt to speculate on what Steph is leaving out of her so-called "scoop."

The most interesting secrets Savage might be hinting at? I could be way off-base, but it sounds like Serena is runway- rather than Brown-bound, while Blair's headed for a character and wardrobe over... underhaul.

Blair: The Odd One Out

"Blair is the fish out of water," says Savage of Leighton Meester's character. "Now that she is going to school downtown, Vanessa and Dan are really among their people. So it's bizarre-o world for her."

Translation: Blair's storyline might as well be subtitled "How to Survive in Hipster Hell." We'll see a lot of humorously pathetic moments like this headband-upset... including Blair (out of necessity) getting style tips from Vanessa and actually acknowledging Dan's humanity. She'll either denounce the dirty hippies when they eventually reject her, or devise a plan to enlist the cleanest and brightest skirt-wearing co-eds in a new army of socialite skanks. Or, she'll take the "if you can't beat 'em, wear Birkenstocks like 'em" tactic. [Cue brain explosion.]

Serena Chooses Couture Over College?

Says People: As well as locking lips with Carter Baizen (Sebastian Stan) in the first episode, Serena'll be hooking up with designers Tory Burch and Georgina Chapman of Marchesa. Savage tells us the fashion cameos have to do with Serena's "decision [in terms of college] and what happens to her in the first couple of episodes."

Serena drops out of Brown after 3 days of actual studying (max!) and uses her new-found celebrity and mile-long legs to try her hand at high-end modeling. Everything comes easily to Miss VDW, so I'm betting she's already into the industry by Ep. 3, and has trials with anorexia, coke binges, and/or more sleazy men by Ep. 6. This certainly explains why Burch and Chapman are already enlisted as guest stars. And gives plenty of opportunities for step-sister bonding with budding designer Little J.

Deja Jenny

"We really do see Jenny struggling with what she is going to do with this power that has been given to her," says Savage. "She is back at Constance and now she is a junior -- the same age as our other girls when the show started -- so we have lots of story areas for Jenny that are opening up." And one in particular that will make a comeback: Jenny's fashion career! "As we get more into the season, that is going to be a bigger and bigger story."

Translation: Going off to college is enough new territory for one season. Somebody's got to deal with the old hat high school drama, and with great power comes tired responsibility. Or something.

Pop Goes the Georgie

"She is not going to be in our first episode, but she will be in the second episode when our kids start college," says Savage.

Translation: As Meester already mentioned, bad-gone-good-gone-bad-again Georgie will first pop up when Blair walks into her dorm room and finds her new roommate already picked top bunk. (The better from which to spit all over Blair's broken dreams.)

BassMaster of Industry

Savage tells PEOPLE, "This year, [Chuck] is really going to be focused on getting out from underneath his father's shadow and starting his own entrepreneurial direction."

More power and powder (of the nose-snorting variety) struggles for Chuck, who still needs to convince ever'body he's not just some punk kid in plaid who thinks of them as  "Bored Meetings" with "Investorzzzzzz."

What in the Name of Name-Dropping?

"We have our big Polo match in the first episode, we go to Sotheby's for an auction in the third episode and in the fourth episode, we have a big movie premiere at Ziegfeld [Theater]," says the show's executive producer Stephanie Savage.

Translation: Plot lines? What plot lines? We're spending a fortune to broadcast NYC's most famous fixtures on your small screen, so you'd better be impressed.

-Meghan Carlson, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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