Gossip Girl Renewed for Final Season, Names New Showrunner

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The beginning of the end is upon us, Gossip Girl fans.

Just days prior to the season five finale, The CW has announced - as expected - that the series will return as part of that network's 2012-2013 schedule... for a shortened final season.

It will be comprised of only 11 episodes.

Gossip Girl Season 5 Cast

Moreover, with Josh Safran now out, Executive Producer Sara Goodman has been elevated to show runner. She will helm the final run of episodes.

The CW will formalize its entire new schedule on Thursday, May 17 at the network's Upfront presentation in New York City. TV Fanatic will be there!

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And who am I? That's one secret I'll never tell ... You know you love me. XOXO, Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl

[to Jenny] That's the thing. You need to be cool to be queen. Anne Boleyn thought only with her heart and she got her head chopped off. So her daughter Elizabeth made a vow never to marry a man. She married a country. Forget boys. Keep your eye on the prize, Jenny Humphrey. You can't make people love you, but you can make them fear you. For what it's worth, you're my Queen. I choose you.