Articles for Gossip Girl Season 1

CW has officially green lighted a new series called Gossip Girl, which is based on the novel series created by Cecily von Ziegesar. Scheduled for the network’s 2007-2008 line up, Gossip Girl is set to take the Wednesday night niche at 9/8c, following America’s Next Top Model.Gossip Girl centers on the lives of young adults residing on New York’s Upper East Side as they deal with sex, drugs and other teenage issues. However, in the privileged prep school world lies an ultra-secretive girl known only as Gossip Girl who gives exclusive scoops and disseminates the latest controversial news through text messages. Of course, her gossip just complicates everything while leaving the mystery of her identity.Read on to find out more about the cast. Read more »
Blake Lively’s new television show Gossip Girl hasn’t been aired yet, however the 19-year old actress is already set to star in an upcoming film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.Lively, a native of Tarzana, California, is an actress known for her role as Anabelle in the independent film Elvis and Anabelle and the comedy Accepted as Monica Moreland. Her other acting credits include Simons Says and Sandman. Read more »
Apart from the upcoming series Gossip Girl, Chace Crawford will be featured in the drama thriller She Lived, which is the directorial debut of Mickey Liddell.Crawford, a 21-year old native of Lubbock, Texas, is an actor who stars as Nate Archibald on CW’s Gossip Girl. He portrays a wealthy and good-looking lacrosse player at St. Jude‘s school that massively smokes marijuana. His other acting credits include Long Lost Son as Mark, and The Covenant as Tyler Simms. Read more »
Recently, the cast of Gossip Girl spoke to press about the upcoming series premiere and the tough issues these teens will tackle.  Starring Blake Lively (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) and written by teen angst master, Josh Schwartz (The OC), Gossip Girl is the latest teen soap to hit the small screen.  The show will debut with a bang.  In the series premiere alone, Gossip Girl features underage drinking and date rape.When asked how he will respond to parents, Schwartz responded, "We take the message this show is sending incredibly seriously.  These are flawed characters." Read more »
Ever since The O.C. got canceled, many have been waiting for Josh Schwartz‘s next teen drama creation. His upcoming series, Gossip Girl, in which his fellow O.C. writer-producer Stephanie Savage is also credited for, has created such a buzz of excitement that the CW decided to move its premiere from September 27 to September 19 at 9pm.  But while many are eager to catch the controversial show, there are also those that refer to Gossip Girl as “The O.C. with winter coats.” Read more »
In BuddyTV‘s 2007 Fall TV Guide, our team disagreed vehemently on the prospects of several new shows. Please read as they cheer, bash and degrade each other and the shows. Then you can decide what you think about Gossip Girl, Samantha Who?, Viva Laughlin, and Aliens in America.BuddyTV writers Oscar Dahl and Debbie Chang agree on many things, but they disagree vehemently on Josh Schwartz‘s new teen soap Gossip Girl. Based on a series of novels for young adults, Gossip Girl delves into the glitzy haze that permeates the teen landscape of Manhattan‘s rich and famous. Debbie loves Gossip Girl but Oscar does not. The two discussed their opinions of the show on instant messenger. Do you agree with Debbie that Gossip Girl is going to be great, trashy fun? Or do you think that Oscar is right, that Gossip Girl is the poor man‘s O.C.? Read on to see whom you agree with. Read more »
In BuddyTV’s 2007 Fall TV Guide, we stared at countless photographs of the new show casts to determine which were most pleasing to the eye (the “Beauties”) and which weren’t so pleasant (the “Beasts”). In the end, we settle on Private Practice, Cane and Gossip Girl as having the hottest casts, while Cavemen, Dirty Sexy Money and Back to You all came up short in the looks department.Did you really expect anything less than perfection from the young cast of Gossip Girl, the hot new teenage soap on the CW. The superficial heir apparent to One Tree Hill, Gossip Girls stars all look pre-airbrushed and ready to take on the covers of Maxim, Seventeen and Cosmo Girl. Heck, even the parents are hot. Read more »
In conjunction with our 2007 Fall TV Guide, BuddyTV will be publishing exclusive interviews with the creators and showrunners of some of the hottest new shows this fall throughout the week.  Check back all this week for interviews with: Cane Creator Cynthia Cidre, Viva Laughlin Showrunners Tyler Bensinger and Stephen DeKnight, Journeyman Creator Kevin Falls and Director Alex Graves, and Reaper Creators Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas.A 26-year-old named Josh Schwartz burst onto the TV scene when he created The O.C., a critically acclaimed teen soap that was beloved by many viewers as well.  Now in his 30s, Schwartz has created two new shows for this season: NBC‘s Chuck and the CW‘s Gossip Girl.  Just as involved as ever, Schwartz is eager to prove he was no one-hit wonder, and with both his new shows are receiving quite a deal of praise and anticipation, it seems he most definitely is not.Josh spoke to BuddyTV about both new shows, what he‘s learned about making a TV show as a result of doing The O.C., and what fans of his previous hit can expect from his latest endeavors.  Below you will find a transcript as well as the mp3 audio file of the interview. Read more »
Although the premiere episode of Gossip Girl already became available on iTunes as a free download five days before the series debut, many are still anxious to catch its television premiere on Wednesday, September 19 at 9/8c on The CW.  Meanwhile, here are the sentiments of some of the male cast members of the series that would hopefully entice more viewers to get hooked on the show. Created by The O.C.‘s Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, Gossip Girl is a teen drama that revolves around the lives of socialite young adults in New York‘s Upper East Side.  It explores elite academics, sex, drugs and other teenage issues, and features an ensemble cast of Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), Dan (Penn Badgley), Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen), and an omniscient character, Gossip Girl, who is voiced by Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars). Read more »
NBC is turning its Tuesday night programming upside down by putting The Singing Bee on first at 8pm, followed by a 90-minute episode of The Biggest Loser on at 8:30pm.The Biggest Loser, which began its fourth season on September 11, will have two two-hour episodes beginning at 8pm on September 18 and 25. The following week, The Singing Bee will premiere on Tuesday, October 2 at 8pm. Read more »
Gossip Girl, the new CW teen drama adapted from the popular book series of the same name, is similar to Josh Schwartz‘s previous project, The O.C. in the sense that it offers viewers a look into the world of the fabulously rich and glamorous.  The challenge of such subject matter, says Schwartz, is making “characters who seemingly have it all” not only likable, but also relatable. Series star Leighton Meester is confident the show has succeeded in both.  “I think the show will be relatable to lots of girls and even grown women…  And a guilty pleasure for guys!” she told the Associated Press. Read more »
The CW enters its second year of existence with much promise and potential.  Coming out of the gates last year, the network had very few new shows, and its line up mostly consisted of series leftover from the merge of the WB and UPN.  Now, with a bevy of new programming, optimism at network television‘s redheaded step-child is at an all-time high and might be ready to compete with the big boys.  The two best new series The CW has to offer are Reaper and Gossip Girl.  Reaper is a sci-fi comedy that may remind viewers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, while Gossip Girl is a Josh Schwartz produced teen drama set in the swanky Upper East Side of Manhattan.  Though both show‘s should and will be judged on their own merits, they remind of two shows that elevated the FOX network out of the same network doldrums in which the CW currently resides. Read more »
The cast of Gossip Girl aren‘t the only ones who can flaunt the chic prep-school look.  Thanks to the show‘s official website, fans can now sport the same trends showcased on The CW‘s new teen drama. The site, that now includes a virtual shopping mall, has a point-and-click feature that allows viewers at home to purchase the clothes and accessories exhibited on each episode of the series.  Items from Coach, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Hugo Boss and DKNY, just to name a few, are displayed throughout the fall, including the price of the merchandise, and a product description saying who wore it on which episode. Read more »
The CW‘s Gossip Girl is a hit among young girls and women, but the show‘s success ends there. The teen drama based on the book series of the same name only earned 3.5 million viewers with its series premiere last month, despite heavy promotion.  Worse, the ratings fell 30 percent during the show‘s second week on the air. Despite the disappointing numbers, the network has continued to express their belief in the show, saying the premiere outdid the first episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Gilmore Girls.  Moreover, advertisers never expected for the show to reach beyond its niche anyway, as evidenced by pre-season hype in the media. Read more »
The CW has picked up Gossip Girl for a full-season order, making it the first series of the year to get such a commitment.  This might be surprising, given the show‘s seemingly mediocre ratings.  But, the show is performing nicely in key demographics and is one of the most buzzed about shows on the Internet.  The impressive DVR ratings for Gossip Girl have boosted its profitability, and the show has been in the top five in ITunes sales all year.  Based on a series of books for teenagers (well, mostly teenage girls), Gossip Girl already had a built-in audience going into its debut season, and that audience seems to approve of its adaptation to the small screen. Read more »
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. Read more »
Ed Westwick may play a womanizing, self-serving socialite on The CW‘s Gossip Girl, but fans of the British actor will be happy to know that he is nothing like his onscreen persona. "I‘m actually in a relationship right now, I‘m nothing like him,” Westwick, who plays Chuck Bass on the series, said in an interview with the CW11 Morning News.  “I‘m not the ladies man, I‘m sorry.  I‘m a one-lady man.” That said, Westwick admitted he enjoys playing the teen troublemaker. Read more »
Penn Badgley has been acting for the past eight years, but it is only now with his role on The CW‘s Gossip Girl that he has gotten a taste of fame and celebrity. Badgley, however, remains very modest about his newfound success. Although he knows he is the series‘ first break-out star, he is quick to commend his Gossip Girl costars.  "It‘s a great cast all around," he told the New York Post.  "In a lot of teen soap operas, you have a lot of pretty faces and maybe not a lot of talent, but I really do feel that there isn‘t a weak link in the Gossip Girl cast." Read more »
Gossip Girl‘s Penn Badgley may be one of the most popular faces in the small screen today, but the 21-year-old actor admits he no longer spends that much time in front of the television. “Well, I don‘t watch TV,” Badgley, who plays Dan Humphrey on Gossip Girl, told Seattlepi.com.  “I got rid of cable around last Christmas.  All I watched was soccer, and I would just sit there and watch soccer all day, every day.  So I got rid of it, and I started playing guitar more, and focusing on my music and writing a lot.  It was a good creative thing for me.” Read more »
Given The CW‘s Gossip Girl‘s not-so-stellar ratings, creator Josh Schwartz was expecting bad news while on the phone with the network early last month.  So, imagine his shock and delight when he was told that the show was actually getting picked up for a full season. "We were thrilled and also surprised," Schwartz told the Palm Beach Post in a recent interview.  "We got on the phone thinking we were in trouble or we were about to get some notes on the show." Read more »
Keeping track of a show‘s ratings is common practice among cast and crew alike, but for Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz, ratings are not such a big deal, considering his new brainchild is rapidly redefining what it means to be a television hit. ‘‘This show is a bigger deal than the ratings are reflecting,‘‘ Schwartz told Entertainment Weekly.  “I can honestly say I don‘t check the ratings after the show airs.” Read more »
The CW‘s Gossip Girl delves into the world of teen elitism, with many of the show‘s plotlines revolving around sex, drugs and underage drinking.  The show has received criticism for its provocative subject matter, with some commenting that its portrayal of the teen socialites is downright unrealistic.  However, series stars Blake Lively and Penn Badgley have come to the show‘s defense, saying that although Gossip Girl does not totally mirror real life, it does present a lot of issues relevant to today‘s youth. “I think that our show takes place at a heightened reality a little bit…  I think a lot of the realism is lost in the sparkle, and it‘s meant to.  You need that for the entertainment and the grit,” Lively, who plays Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl, said on The View.  “But this stuff does happen and it‘s good that we get to address these issues.  It does open the door for conversations for parents to have with their children.” Read more »
Serena van der Woodsen is often the subject of talk on the CW‘s Gossip Girl, and while Blake Lively, the actress behind the blonde teen socialite, knows what it‘s like to be the center of gossip, she says that she is far from her television persona. “Serena was brought up very differently than I was brought up,” Lively told the Associated Press in between scenes.  “Serena was given everything her whole life. ... I grew up in a small little town in California -- Burbank.  I went to high school [and] what we would do on our nights off [was] go to a school fundraiser, go to a football game, where these people have masquerade balls or go lounge at The Palace Hotel and sip martinis…” Read more »
Chace Crawford has had the unique opportunity to kiss all three of his female costars on The CW‘s Gossip Girl, but the 22-year-old actor had another woman in mind when he was asked who he thinks his character should eventually end up with.“I‘m thinking Lily van der Woodsen,” Crawford jokingly said in an interview with Fuse TV‘s The Sauce, referring to the mother of the show‘s lead female character, Serena (Blake Lively).  "I‘m eyeballing that.  That would be great.  I‘m thinking that -- the older woman.” Read more »
Check out all our lists for BuddyTV‘s Top 7 of ‘07 to relive the best and the worst of the year in television.Don Williams ranked Gossip Girl 7th.  He says...You might think that, as a guy, I‘d feel somewhat guilty about loving Gossip Girl as much as I do. Luckily, the fact that I‘ve had a soft spot for every well-made teen drama from Degrassi to The O.C. has made me immune to such guilt. Gossip Girl continues in the tradition of these shows, with teenagers who are rich, stylish, snarky, and delightfully bitchy all at the same time. Watching them deal with their problems with each other, as well as their parents, while looking impeccable is a wonderful escape each week. Read more »
Check out all our lists for BuddyTV‘s Top 7 of ‘07 to relive the best and the worst of the year in television.According to the book series of the same name upon which Gossip Girl is based, Serena van der Woodsen is tall and slim, has long blonde hair and big blue eyes, and is ethereally beautiful. And 20-year-old Blake Lively is the perfect young actress to play her. Read more »
Ed Westwick plays resident bad boy Chuck Bass on the prep school drama Gossip Girl. Chuck is the kind of badass, striped cashmere scarf notwithstanding, who will chase anything in a skirt and thinks nothing of some casual date rape. In real life, Ed Westwick is a badass in a different way: he‘s the lead singer in an indie rock band called The Filthy Youth. And fans of Westwick and Gossip Girl will be happy to hear that the upcoming episode will be showcasing two tunes by The Filthy Youth, “Orange” and “Come Flash All You Ladies."Scheduled to air next Wednesday, January 2 at 9pm, the episode is entitled "School Lies," and features Serena (Blake Lively), Blair (Leighton Meester), Nate (Chace Crawford) and Chuck breaking into their school swimming pool late at night. But it‘s all fun and games until someone almost drowns. Dan (Penn Badgley) is going to have to make some tough decisions about where his loyalties lie. Meanwhile, Chuck will enlist Dan‘s former flame Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) to help him blackmail Blair. Read more »
This week, Gossip Girl fans are expected to be glued to their TVs as The CW features the show‘s season ender on January 9.  “A Thin Line Between Chuck and Nate,” which is expected to be cliffhanger season finale, finds yet another rumor making its way to the Upper East Side, where “the truth is usually even juicier and more scandalous than the gossip.”Warning: May contain spoilers. Read more »
Ed Westwick has been taking New York City by storm this season on Gossip Girl. Playing devious, scheming womanizer Chuck Bass, Westwick tends to steal every scene he is in. Currently, his character is involved in a love-triangle involving Blair (Leighton Meester) and Nate (Chace Crawford), and tonight‘s episode, the last that we‘ll have in a long time, promises to serve up a scandal that only Gossip Girl can provide. Westwick sat down with BuddyTV to discuss his character, his inspiration for playing such a morally dubious socialite and his Gossip Girl wardrobe. Read more »
After Serena van der Woodsen returned from her self-imposed exile, she found herself excluded from her old crowd when her former betrayals came to light but soon finds an ally in the form of Dan Humphrey, an outsider in her privileged world.  While their uptown/downtown relationship keeps Gossip Girl interesting, their portrayers in real life have reportedly also started dating. Read more »
In last week‘s Gossip Girl, Chuck reached a new level of cruelty, shooting down Blair at the bar (Leighton Meester) as she was suffering the consequences of being the latest social outcast.  In an interview with cwsourcetv.net, actor Ed Westwick shed some light on his alter-ego‘s devilish personality. “Up to that point he‘s caught up in that infatuation – that blindness that they can get together.  He‘s oblivious to the fact that she‘s his best friend‘s girlfriend,” Westwick explained.  “When he has the falling out with Nate [Chace Crawford], it‘s kind of like, ‘S**t, this is my best friend; we‘ve been best friends since childhood, and we‘ve let a girl get between us‘…  That‘s what he‘s let happen.  In that scene he‘s not blaming himself; he‘s kind of blaming her…  In that last scene, he went back to what he does best.” Read more »
Since the CW”s Gossip Girl premiered last year, viewers have been kept in the dark as to the true identity of the unseen narrator, voiced by Veronica Mars alum and Heroes star Kristen Bell. However, the New York Daily News has managed to get the scoop on just who the sly reporter is. If you want to stay true to the spirit of Gossip Girl by being in the know, continue reading for the spoiler. Read more »
The CW is that embarrassing step-cousin of a network that doesn‘t really care about world events, but instead pumps its young viewers‘ minds full of visions of Kevin Federline acting like a wannabe rock star on One Tree Hill. The CW‘s superficiality has never been more apparent than it will be tonight: while the rest of television (even FOX!) will be focusing on the state of our union, the CW will be taking you into the world of the ultra-rich and privileged with a re-airing of the pilot episode of Gossip Girl. I guess, if you‘re only into clothes and boys and drugs and sex like Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) and Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), you really wouldn‘t give a hoot about interest rates or the sub-prime lending crisis, right? Those are things they pay people to worry about for them so that they won‘t get frown lines. Read more »
Viewers can now spend time with Serena van der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, Nate Archibald, Jenny Humphrey, and Chuck Bass as Gossip Girl welcomes fans in the virtual world of Second Life called The Upper East Side.Inside the Gossip Girl neighborhood, players will be able live the life of the show‘s characters as they experience the same parties and catch a glimpse of the same streets and hot spots featured on the television series.  Players will also be able to build customized avatar, attend various dance parties with friends, play Gossip Girl games, watch clips, and watch full episodes of the show. Read more »
All the publicity about Gossip Girl, a drama about elite prep school students who track each other‘s misdeeds on an anonymously penned blog that has the power to make or break reputations has certainly helped to establish a solid fan following for the show even after just 13 episodes.  An adaptation of the New York Times bestselling novel series of the same name, the show has been considered to be one of the more anticipated new series of the 2007-2008 television season. However, it hasn‘t exactly lived up to its hype, at least in terms of TV ratings. Read more »
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. Read more »
The girls of Gossip Girl aren‘t the only ones making waves in the fashion circuit as the boys of The CW teen drama are now spearheading Out magazine‘s March fashion issue.  Featured on the publication‘s upcoming issue are Chace Crawford, Penn Badgley and Ed Westwick, who all engaged in a "roughhousing" photo shoot, according to the magazine. Gossip Girl, the television series 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, has gradually increased its fan base, consisting of men, women and gays, over a short span of time. Inside the magazine, subscribers can see several poses of the boys, as well as their insight on targeting a different audience for the series. Read more »
While most Gossip Girl fans know Leighton Meester as the deliciously catty Blair Waldorf on the book-based TV series, some recognize her as a singer seeing that she is no stranger to the music scene. The 21-year-old actress recently made a stop in Toronto, Canada where she spent most of her time off during the writers‘ strike to record her new album. Read more »
After playing rich socialite Marissa Cooper on The O.C., Mischa Barton is rumored to take on yet another television series created Josh Schwartz.  Speculations on the internet have been pouring in ever since the 22-year-old actress was reportedly approached for a part on Gossip Girl, the show about 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.According to TV Guide, Barton has been offered to play Georgina Sparks, an old friend of reformed party girl Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively).  Barton‘s character is expected to be a scheme queen who brings Serena‘s past screaming into her present. Read more »
Leighton Meester pays much attention to what other people have to say about her as “It girl” Blair Waldorf on The CW‘s Gossip Girl.  In real life, however, that‘s not the case.  In fact, the 21-year-old actress isn‘t even bothered by inevitable rumors attached to the glitz and glamour of being in the limelight. "I don‘t [deal with gossip]," Meester told Teen magazine.  "This comes from maturing and growing up, but I‘ve learned to let things roll off my back.  If people say negative things, I could care less.  But I let it give me a boost of confidence if they‘re saying nice things.  If the press says anything, I see it as a plus because at least people are paying attention and watching the show." Read more »
When it was announced that The O.C.‘s Mischa Barton might play the role of a big time troublemaker on Gossip Girl, I cringed.  Barton was far and away the worst part of The O.C. until her character‘s untimely demise, and I really didn‘t want her bringing her wooden acting skills to the best new show on the CW.  Thankfully for Gossip Girl fans, Barton had other things to do.  The role of sublimely catty Georgina Sparks has officially gone to former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Michelle Trachtenberg.  Read on for more details about what we can expect when Dawn Summers shows up in New York City. Read more »
Over the weekend, Gossip Girl took its turn on the panel at Media‘s 25th Annual William S. Paley Television Festival.  On hand at the historic Cinerama Dome at the ArcLight in Hollywood on Saturday were stars Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, Penn Badgley, Taylor Momsen, Kelly Rutherford, Matthew Settle and Jessica Szhor, together with Gossip Girl author Cecily von Ziegesar, creator Josh Schwarz and executive producer Bob Levy.Read on for the some of the tidbits courtesy of the Gossip Girl Paley fest panel. Read more »
Ok, so the show is called Gossip Girl, and now, one of its mainstays has found himself in the thick of some downright nasty gossip.  Chace Crawford, who plays Nate Archibald on The CW show, has been linked to, of all people, former `N Sync heartthrob, JC Chasez. Yes, if we‘re to believe the relentless rumor mill, Chasez, who has found a new career as one of the judges on Randy Jackson Presents: America‘s Best Dance Crew, is said to have followed his former `N Sync co-member, Lance Bass, into, well, for lack of a better term, gay-hood.  And that his latest companion of choice, is allegedly, Gossip Girl‘s Chace Crawford. Read more »
Last week, we reported on how the friendship between Gossip Girl‘s Chace Crawford and former `N Sync heartthrob JC Chasez has spawned rumors of a gay angle.  At the end of last week‘s piece, we also mentioned that Crawford had allegedly split with girlfriend Carrie Underwood of American Idol fame. This week, we follow up on that story, bringing additional confirmation of the break-up and the somewhat casual manner in which the former lovebirds parted. Read more »
While the CW has yet to turn Gossip Girl into a massive ratings hit, they‘re certainly good at creating buzz for the show.  The series returns to finish off its first season on Monday, April 21 at 8pm, with the first of five new episodes.  Considering that the show has been off the air for months due to the writers‘ strike, you might think that it‘d have a tough time gaining attention upon its return.  However, those crafty marketing execs at the CW have made sure that you‘ll pay attention to the return of the series by stirring up a little controversy.  The network recently launched a scandalous ad campaign that can be summed up in four little letters: OMFG. Read more »
Gossip Girl, the controversial teen drama that revolves around the lives of socialite young adults in New York‘s Upper East Side, has resumed shooting for season 2 shortly after The CW announced last month that the series would return for yet another run.  Unfortunately, actress Nan Zhang, who played sidekick Katy Farkas, isn‘t coming back.According to show creator Josh Schwartz, Zhang‘s sudden departure was due to her decision to focus on school.  Zhang enrolled in Brown University during the writers‘ strike and "didn‘t tell anyone on the show."  However, those on the set of Gossip Girl are reportedly pointing their fingers in co-star Leighton Meester‘s direction. Read more »
The wait is nearly over.  It‘s been more than three months since we last made a visit to the Upper East Side to hang out with the Gossip Girl gang, but on Monday at 8pm the series finally returns with the first of five new episodes.  When we last saw the Gossip crowd, Blair had been ousted from her Queen Bee position by sweet little Jenny Humphrey.  Serena (Blake Lively) managed to talk her out of fleeing New York City, but can Blair possibly claw her way back to the top now that everyone knows she slept with Chuck?We‘ll find out when "The Blair Bitch Project" airs next week on the CW.  To get fans ready for the return of the series, we have some exciting promo photos and two scandalous clips from the episode. Read more »
The CW hasn‘t had an easy time defining its brand or finding an audience since it launched a couple of years ago.  Though the network combined the biggest hits from both UPN and the WB, such as Veronica Mars, Smallville, and Supernatural, this strategy didn‘t translate into ratings gold.  Even the CW‘s most popular series, America‘s Next Top Model, has suffered from falling ratings this year.  It‘s a network aimed at a young demographic, but it appears that the teen crowd may be consuming television shows in a way the Nielsen ratings don‘t account for.Could Gossip Girl finally be the show that helps the CW break out and make a name for itself?  Network president Dawn Ostroff thinks that the Upper East Siders have what it takes to become a cultural phenomenon. Read more »
OMFG, thank God Gossip Girl is back. We all knew that Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) would stage a comeback after her humiliating fall from grace. The real question was how or if Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen) was going to fight back?Naturally, Little J can‘t run with the big girls forever because she‘s po‘. Well, relatively po‘, anyway. She has to resort to stealing Valentinos and begging Nate (Chace Crawford) to borrow $8000 ("I promise to pay you back!" Yeah right.) just to make sure that she looks good at the birthday party that she can‘t afford to throw. Since J can‘t compete like that, she has to supplement her slim pocketbook with some good, old-fashioned bitchiness. But Blair has bitchiness in spades, as well, so who is going to win? Read more »
Gossip Girl is one of the best shows of 2007, according BuddyTV writers Debbie Chang and Don Williams.  It‘s true: read our thoughts on it!Tonight‘s Gossip Girl is the first of a two-part episode arc that promises to be the best two episodes yet, and to help promote that, we are giving away five cast photos, each one signed by all the cast members, and five large posters. This is the real deal, straight from the CW network. Read more »
It was only a matter of time before Gossip Girl‘s scandalous "OMFG" ad campaign stirred up the sensitive old crones that work for the Parents Television Council.  The watchdog group, which has previously filed complaints about shows such as Dexter, America‘s Next Top Model, and Las Vegas, now has their panties in a twist about the CW‘s latest marketing strategy.  The ads, which we wrote about here, focus on the show‘s sexiest hookups and are heavy on the somewhat explicit "OMFG" slang.  Has the CW gone too far for a show that‘s marketed to teens, or is the PTC overreacting yet again?If "OMFG" made the PTC clutch their pearls in horror, how will they react to the gay character that will be outed in the show‘s May 5 episode?  Read on if you want to know all the details.WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS! Read more »
Jessica Szohr plays the best friend of Gossip Girl leading man Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley).  Her character, Vanessa Abrams, is Dan‘s childhood best friend who has returned to New York, realizing that she is in love with Dan.  Naturally, this throws a wrench into his budding relationship with Upper East Side princess Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively).Jessica spoke to BuddyTV today and promised us that there will be much more in store for her and the rest of the gang as the rest of the season of Gossip Girl continues.  She also shared with us the unusual way she got cast on the show, as well as some other interesting tidbits about her life.  Below, you will find the audiofile and a complete transcript of the interview. Read more »
Ever since Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) got off the train at Grand Central in the pilot episode of Gossip Girl, she‘s been desperately trying to trade in her former party-girl ways to become the goody-goody type of girl that middle class folk like Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) can stand to be around. And guess what? It‘s gotten a little bit boring.To be perfectly honest, I never really believed Serena‘s claims that she used to be a bad girl. Sure, she was responsible for stealing the keys to the school pool, resulting in a raucous, drug-filled pool party that nearly got a student killed. Sure, she slept with her best friend‘s boyfriend before running away to boarding school. And yes, she does enjoy a cocktail or five on a schoolnight. But Serena‘s earnest attempts at being good always strike me as wishy-washy. I don‘t know, maybe it‘s the simpering way Blake Lively delivers her lines. Read more »
As the commercials have made abundantly clear, the gay bomb is about to drop on Monday night‘s all new episode of Gossip Girl.  There have been rumors for months that one of the characters would come out of the closet, but the Upper East Siders are in for a shock when they discover who it is.  (If you can‘t wait until Monday to find out, read our article here.)  Aside from that surprise, Georgina will continue to make Serena‘s life a living hell as she threatens to reveal S‘s deep, dark secret.  Will the scandal be shocking and titillating, or an anticlimactic letdown?To prepare for Monday night‘s installment, entitled "All About My Brother," we have a few promo photos and a clip from the episode. Read more »
Wow. I don‘t even know where to begin. Last night‘s episode of Gossip Girl, "All About My Brother," was amazingly perfect in so many ways. There were enough scandals, lies, public outings, reconciliations and confessions that would have filled an entire season‘s worth of episodes on a lesser show.Georgina Sparks is turning out to be one helluva psychotic bitch. I‘d be interested to see who would emerge victorious in a bitch-fight between her and Blair (Leighton Meester). Blair certainly has the power to manipulate and humiliate – she easily quashed the pathetic Jenny Humphrey in two episodes – but I‘m not sure how she would fare against Georgina‘s pure, unadulterated psychosis. What makes Michelle Trachtenberg so convincing as a villainess is that all she lets you see in her heavily shadowed eyes is evil, with not a hint of conscience lurking around. This is one scary bitch you can‘t even reason with. Read more »
Premiere Date and Time: Wednesday, September 19, 9pmNetwork: The CWTime Slot Competition: Private Practice, Criminal Minds, Bionic Woman, Kitchen NightmaresCast: Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Taylor Momsen, Ed Westwick, Kelly Rutherford, Matthew Settle, Connor Paolo, Kristen Bell Read more »
Last week on Gossip Girl, Georgina Sparks came to town and stirred up all kinds of trouble.  She started small by convincing Serena to get wasted, but eventually kicked things up a notch by drugging her and making her miss the SATs.  After S caught on to G‘s duplicitous antics and told her to get out of town, Georgina decided to make a play for Serena‘s man.  Meanwhile, Blair (Leighton Meester) did her best to ensure that Nelly Yuki will have a tough time getting in to Yale.Tonight, one of the show‘s male characters is caught kissing another man.  Gossip Girl‘s inbox is definitely going to be full after this secret comes out. Read more »
Welcome back to the Upper East Side.  Last week on Gossip Girl, Blair and Jenny raced to see who could out-bitch whom, and ultimately it was Little J who came out on top.  Queen B may have been smart enough to expose Jenny‘s Valentino thievery, but J had the excellent idea to impress her friends with Nate‘s hotness.  Meanwhile, Serena received some naughty gifts from her old pal "G," whose lone initial even struck fear into Chuck‘s icy heart. On tonight‘s episode, Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Michelle Trachtenberg flies into town as Serena‘s frenemy, Georgina Sparks.  Guess what?  She‘s bringing a dirty little secret with her. Read more »
OMFG you guys, Gossip Girl is finally back!  When we last left the Upper East Side, Blair‘s reputation was ruined after everyone found out about her fling with Chuck, leaving little Jenny Humphrey to take over as Queen Bee.  Nate, upset that Chuck moved in on his girl, broke up with his scarf-loving BFF.  Blair eventually tried to flee to France to escape all the drama, but Serena (Blake Lively) successfully talked her out of it at the last minute.Will Blair be able to claw her way back to the top and destroy Little J?  She‘s certainly going to give it a try. Read more »
Previously on Gossip Girl, Jenny (Taylor Momsen) tried to become one of Blair‘s ladies-in-waiting; a sexy art dealer name Bex flirted with Rufus (Matthew Settle); Blair (Leighton Meester) cashed in her V-card with Chuck (Ed Westwick) but pretended to with Nate (Chace Crawford); Serena (Blake Lively) and Dan (Penn Badgley) had sex for the first time.Scandal is in the air tonight on Gossip Girl. Serena is in like the fanciest Duane Reade I‘ve ever seen, buying pregnancy tests. One of Gossip Girl‘s minions snaps a photo of her, and it immediately gets distributed everywhere. Serena herself finds out about it from her little bro Eric (Connor Paolo). Almost simultaneously, the entire Humphrey clan sees the photo on GossipGirl.net. Rufus sits Dan down for some fatherly advice, but Dan says that he‘s going to support Serena with whatever she decides because he loves her. That‘s a recurring theme in tonight‘s Gossip Girl. Dan loves Serena. He luuuurves her. Geddit? Read more »
Previously on Gossip Girl, Rufus (Matthew Settle) and Alison broke up for good. Rufus wants to get back together with Lily (Kelly Rutherford), but Bart Bass proposed to her before Rufus could do anything about it. Blair (Leighton Meester) warned Vanessa (Jessica Szor) not to interfere with Serena (Blake Lively) and Dan‘s (Penn Badgley) relationship. Blair had sex with Chuck (Ed Westwick) and doesn‘t want anyone to know about it.The CW‘s promo guy has been promising us for weeks that tonight‘s Gossip Girl is the first of the best two episodes of Gossip Girl yet. I really hope he doesn‘t disappoint! Read more »
Previously on Gossip Girl, Blair‘s (Leighton Meester) father left her mother for another man, mom and dad Humphrey had marital problems complicated by Lily van der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford), Blair hooked up with Chuck (Ed Westwick), who fled to the airport once he found out she wants to go back to Nate (Chace Crawford).It‘s Christmas Eve in New York on Gossip Girl tonight. Serena (Blake Lively) and Dan (Penn Badgley) are at the Constance Billard-St. Jude‘s bazaar, where Jenny (Taylor Momsen) performs "Santa Baby" with her a cappella group. (By the way, this whole episode of Gossip Girl has been brought to you by Victoria‘s Secret, even using the song from the Heidi Klum commercial.) Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) crashes to give him a present. She submitted one of his stories to The New Yorker, which will be published in the summer fiction issue. The story is called "10/8/05." Serena asks what the significance of the date is, but Dan ignores her and tells Vanessa that this is the best present ever. Read more »
Previously on Gossip Girl, Nate (Chace Crawford) was duped out of a lot of money by Carter Basin at a high-stakes poker game, Jenny (Taylor Momsen) wants nothing more than to join Blair‘s (Leighton Meester) posse, but Blair dismisses Little J, Rufus‘ (Matthew Settle) wife Alison is back, Blair broke up with Nate and slept with Chuck (Ed Westwick).You know you love me. XOXO, Gossip Girl.Tonight‘s Gossip Girl begins in the middle of debutante season. Blair tells Serena (Blake Lively) that she‘s glad she‘s going to the Debutante Ball with Prince Theodore somebody, instead of Nate. But poor widdle Nate is sad because he misses Blair. Serena has chosen not to be presented at the ball because that‘s not her bag anymore. I am so excited about the Debutante Ball, y‘all, because you know that someone is going to get punched out at it! Read more »
Previously on Gossip Girl, Blair‘s (Leighton Meester) dad left her mom for another man, Alison Humphrey was away having an affair, Rufus (Matthew Settle) and Lily (Kelly Rutherford) have a complicated romantic history, Blair and Nate (Chace Crawford) broke up, and Serena (Blake Lively) caught Blair and Chuck (Ed Westwick) making out.You know you love me. XOXO, Gossip Girl.It‘s Thanksgiving tonight on Gossip Girl. The episode goes back and forth between present day Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving from a year ago. Read more »
Previously on Gossip Girl, Blair (Leighton Meester) dismissed Jenny (Taylor Momsen) for good for keeping secrets from her; Jenny found out that Ma Humphrey was having an affair and asked her to come back home; Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) came back to New York just in time to complicate Serena (Blake Lively) and Dan‘s (Penn Badgley) relationship; Nate‘s dad was charged with drug possession, fraud, and embezzlement; Nate (Chace Crawford) and Blair broke up; and Blair and Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) did it in the back of his limo.You know you love me. XOXO, Gossip Girl.Tonight‘s Gossip Girl begins with Blair going to confession. She‘s not even Catholic—Veronica Mars calls her a WASP princess—butt she confesses to the priest that not 20 minutes after breaking up with Nate, she gave up her virtue to Chuck Bass. She asks for penance appropriate for an Opus Dei member. She also asks for him to grant her a wish: to have Nate come back to her. She walks out of church only to find Chuck, wearing his trademark scarf, riding by in his limo. He reminds her how much he enjoyed removing her chastity belt in the back of that same limo, but she tells him that no one must know of it and that she‘s going to fix things with Nate. It‘s the day before her birthday, and Blair officially uninvites him to her party tonight. Read more »
Previously on Gossip Girl, Serena (Blake Lively) got off the train at Grand Central after having sex with Blair‘s (Leighton Meester) boyfriend Nate (Chace Crawford) a year ago, Serena and Dan (Penn Badgley) started dating, Nate found his dad‘s drugs, at the masked ball, Nate told Jenny (Taylor Momsen), thinking that she was actually Serena, that he‘s not over her.Tonight‘s Gossip Girl begins with Veronica Mars informing us that burlesque is all the rage now on the Upper East Side. Indeed, Chuck (Ed Westwick) brings Blair to show her the Victrola, an old-timey burlesque club that Chuck wants to invest in order to impress his father. Read more »
Previously on Gossip Girl, Serena (Blake Lively) didn‘t come back to New York for Nate (Chace Crawford), Serena goes out on a date with Dan (Penn Badgley), Jenny (Taylor Momsen) considers joining Blair‘s (Leighton Meester) glam world, resulting in nearly becoming Chuck‘s (Ed Westwick) latest conquest, Blair‘s mother Eleanor made a deal with Bendel‘s to sell her clothing line, and Nate‘s Dartmouth dad wants to take Eleanor‘s company public.Tonight‘s Gossip Girl begins with Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) explaining that tonight is Blair‘s big masquerade ball. Rich people get tired of normal parties, you see, so they have to mix things up by putting masks on. Blair orders her handmaiden, little Jenny Humphrey, all over the city doing errands to prepare for the ball. Jenny goes to pick up dresses for Blair and her ladies-in-waiting from a dress shop. The proprietor of the shop lends Jenny a diamond bracelet to wear to the ball and charges it to Blair‘s account. Read more »
Previously on Gossip Girl, Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) suddenly came home from boarding school, Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) asked Serena out, Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) and Serena fought and then made up, Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen) aspired to climb social ladders, Dan confided in Blair about his mother Allison, Rufus Humphrey (Matthew Settle) sold Lily van der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford) one of Allison‘s paintings.Tonight, on Gossip Girl, it‘s all about Blair‘s annual sleepover. A tradition since 2000, each sleepover, or soirée as Blair likes to call them, is more decadent than the rest. It‘s kind of like a girl version of Chuck Bass‘s (Ed Westwick) Lost Weekend party, only a lot more fabulous. Read more »
Today‘s Gossip Girl opens with an homage to Breakfast at Tiffany‘s. As in the movie, the song “Moon River” plays as Blair (Leighton Meester), dressed up like Audrey Hepburn with a fantastic updo, gets out of a cab and stares into a store window. Only, instead of gazing at jewelry through the plate glass, she sees Serena (Blake Lively), being waited on by Isabel (Nicole Fiscella) and Katy (Nan Zhang). Wait a minute, those girls are Blair‘s multicultural posse, not Serena‘s! Blair wakes up and is relieved to find that it was just a dream—Serena isn‘t taking over Blair‘s life. Blair gets up and walks downstairs to find Serena having brunch with her mother Eleanor (Margaret Colin). Maybe there was something to the dream after. Blair didn‘t even know that her mother was back in town, and here is her supposed best friend acting all chummy with her! Eleanor says that she has found a store that wants to run her fashion designs, and tells Blair to eat low-fat yogurt instead of a pastry, all in the same breath. Read more »
It is Ivy Week this week on Gossip Girl, in which the girls of the Constance Billard School and the boys of St. Jude‘s vie for the attention of visiting Ivy League representatives. The girls are responsible for organizing the Ivy Week mixer, while the boys compete to be ushers for the sought-after reps, which means hanging out with and fetching drinks for them. Pressure is high, especially for Nate (Chace Crawford). During one of his daily runs through Central park with his dad, Dartmouth dad (Sam Robards), Dartmouth dad tells him in no uncertain terms that his future will include going to Dartmouth for college, attending law school afterwards, and marrying Blair. Nate‘s sputtering about wanting to go to USC falls on deaf ears. Read more »
Sunday morning dawns over the Brooklyn Bridge. It is the morning after the dramatic Kiss on the Lips party. As the omniscient Gossip Girl explains to us, Upper East Siders don‘t do lazy Sundays. Lazy Sundays are for for po‘ people. That‘s why they‘re po‘ in the first place, because they are so darn lazy. Denizens of the Upper East Side do brunch on Sundays, and on this particular day, Chuck Bass‘s silver fox father is hosting a brunch for his foundation at the Palace. Everybody who‘s anybody is invited, which means, of course, that the Humphreys are decidedly not. Read more »
Gossip Girl‘s maiden episode begins with the peppy whistling of that cute little Scandinavian indie band. Serena van der Woodsen (or “S,” as the eponymous Gossip Girl likes to refer to as) has been spotted talking through Grand Central Station, apparently coming home from boarding school in Connecticut. Gossip Girl, voiced by Kristen Bell, credits Melanie91 for snapping a picture of Serena‘s arrival, narrates that no one knows why Serena left New York a year ago, and no one knows why she is back. Also at Grand Central are Dan and Jenny, coming home after a weekend with their mother. You can tell that they are poor (or at least middle class) because instead meeting a liveried chauffer like Serena is, their dad Rufus comes to pick them up. That is the only way you can tell that they are poor because they are otherwise all very attractive. Read more »

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