Gossip Girl Season 5 Spoilers: The New Serena, The Men of Blair Waldorf & More!

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The fifth season of Gossip Girl premieres September 26.

After a lackluster, up-and-down fourth season that felt lacking for direction at times, that date cannot come fast enough. Executive producer Josh Safran recently previewed the new season - one he promoises will be "lighter, poppier, and a lot more fun."

Some excerpts from his interview with TV Line:

Leighton on GG Set

On Blair's royal wedding, a decadent affair in the making: “There’s the shower. There’s the dress. There’s photos. There’s seating charts. There’s cake tasting.”

“Planning a wedding, even a non-royal one, can be a pain. They are definitely feeling those pains, and the joys, that come both as a couple and independently.”

On the new, focused, driven Serena: “Serena is lost no more. She has taken the job that was offered to her at the end of last season, and we see just exactly how that has panned out for her ... Serena’s goals come very clearly into focus.”

On Vanessa's goodbye present of publishing Dan’s book: "A season-long arc will propel Dan into a new world for which he may not be ready ... his maturation process is going to be sped up, because this is not a decision that he made for himself ... it is very much like a bullet from a gun that somebody else fired.”

On what it means for Dair: “It affects things very much.”

On Dair's connection progressing: “We knew from Season 1 that we were going to have a connection that was surprising to both of them, and was based on a shared emotional life. That storyline, in whatever form, is continuing.”

On the future of Chuck and Blair: “We have not abandoned Chuck and Blair stories by any stretch of the imagination. But that doesn’t mean it’s always going to be Chair or Dair or Lair or whatever nickname people want to give that.”

Chace Crawford, Elizabeth Hurley

On Elizabeth Hurley's character: "Diana Payne will mean big things for Gossip Girl herself, as through her, the show will explore the role Gossip Girl plays in our world.”

"Business mogul Diana sees the potential in an untapped market of these young twentysomethings that she believes could be exploited better. She really takes it upon herself to avail herself of our cast and get them to come work for her.”

Which of these storylines are you most excited about? How do you see the events of the fifth season of Gossip Girl playing out? Tell us in the comments below!

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I want Chuck and Serena together!!

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Dair all the way!!!
Chuck and Blair. Serena and Dan. Serena and Nate. Blair and Louie.
Gah! They're all so played out!
Blair and Dan would be something new!!!! Plus I think Dan brings Blair down to a level of reality. And Blair brings out Dan's sarcastic,confidant side.
I don't think they'd ray together forever,so fans that want Chuck&Blair or Dan&Serena together could still get their way in the end.
It'd just be nice to have something new for a change!

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Serena and Dan are so overrated.I think Serena is way better with Colin Forrester.He was a very hot millionnaire.They make the perfect couple for me.Serena needs a super power,not a prince or a headless chicken like Dan.I dnt hate Dan but....he's not for her.As for miss Blair....She and Chuck Bass are a perfect match,I knw Louis is all sweet and charming but he just lacks the Chuck Bass quality

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I wish Serena and Dan get back together. There perfect for each other. There's no better chemistry, story, and love from anyone else. Serena really loves Dan, it's just taking Dan too realise how much Serena means to him. Despite they broke up in real life, I still love the way he looks at her.

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I am glad that so many people are wanting Blair and Chuck to make it work as much as me! They are the best couple on television and the only reason I watch the show, I hope all ends well!

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By the way...Season 5 sucks really bad. The acting is really bad, the storylines are kind of bleh and i find myself skipping through the video. I only watch because of Chair. The show used to be so juicy and interesting...but this new season is a dissapointment. I prefer pretty little liars now.

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Ewww. Please NO. Serena and Chuck have more of a brother sister bond. Please do not ever go there...thats just cheap and low. I really hope the father of the baby is Chuck. I hope Blair and Chuck end up together and Serena should be with either Dan or some new guy.

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I'm confident Chuck and Blair will end up together. I just hate the idea of Lois being baby daddy.. Grose. It's just so annoying.. I really want to scream at the writers right now.. WTF??? It's baby Bass or no baby at all..

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Blair and chuck are meant to be together. And their parting in the end would mean nothing but total disappointment. While the serious games like the teams playing against serena wouldn't be fun next time. It should regain the same old great effect on the viewers. We watch gossip girl for the exquisite fun it offers and not the long serious suspense..there are countless tv shows already putting in the efforts for that.
And yeah one more thing, blair looks just too awesome with bright lip colours and clothes. Somehow the nude make up brings out a dull side of her...visually atleast. And I love love nate :D

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I WANT TO SEE THE RETURN OF A "MUCH MORE MATURE AND READY FOR THE WORLD" DAN AND SERENA!!DERENA must get back together! I believe that they have grown out of their differences and now that Dan is a part of the world he so much wished to be a part of (according to his book). Plus last episode where Serena says to Dan, "You were the love of my life. I just always thought I was yours" seriously explains why she always goes back to Dan. They are truly meant to be!!! I would LOVE to see them get back together!! Please bring Derena back!