Success of 'Gossip Girl' Lies in Cast
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
After The O.C. wrapped up its four-season run, writer Stephanie Savage was invited to adapt a series based on a popular novel written by Cecily von Ziegesar.  Along with show co-creator Josh Schwartz, the television show Gossip Girl was born and is now one of the most sought-after shows on The CW.

Part of the success of Gossip Girl, besides its intriguing premise that revolves around the lives of socialite young adults growing up on New York's Upper East Side who attend elite academic institutions while dealing with sex, drugs, and other teenage issues, are the characters of the program that have been effectively represented by its main ensemble.

Like the cast for The O.C., Savage says she has gathered her ideal group of actors, and has been surprised that her luck has turned out so well.

"It's always hard, and every person you really want, there's always a series of obstacles to overcome.  Whether it's making their deals, or convincing everybody of your passion, and nothing is easy," Savage told CTV.

In line with this, Savage feels confident that the series will succeed because she knows they found the perfect Gossip Girl cast, which includes Blake Lively as Serena Van Der Woodsen, Chace Crawford as Nate, Ed Westwick as Chuck, Kelly Rutherford as Lily, Leighton Meester as Blair, Matthew Settle as Rufus, Penn Badgley as Dan, and Taylor Momsen as Jenny.

Of course, the wouldn't be complete without the voice of Gossip Girl in the form of Kristen Bell, who has yet to appear on the show.

"Kristen does a great job with the voice over work and we're so pleased.  She really digs out every nuance of humour and attitude and I think she does a great job," Savage said of Bell.  "We'd love for her to be a part of the show whatever way she wants to be. But it's fairly sacred that the identity of gossip girl is kept secret."

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

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