As we know, Gossip Girl is back after a long hiatus. Zap2it's Korbi Ghosh has a Q&A with executive producer Stephanie Savage that should help whet our collective appetites for Monday evening's "Seder Anything" and the rest of the season.
How closely to the producers follow the books? Will we see old romances rekindled, or more new ones going forward? Would Dan and Blair (!) ever hook up?
Let's have at all this and more, then comment below ...
Q: Everyone's all about Chuck-Blair or Blair-Nate. What about Jenny and Nate? I thought they were great together. Will we ever see them reunited?
A: Sounds like it. Just not anytime soon: "Nate and Jenny is actually a big story in the books and we sort of dipped our toe into that pool a few times. As they get older and start to feel the same age, that is definitely material I think we can revisit."
Vanessa's future, Nate and Jenny's strange relationship, and the awesomeness that is Dorota are just several of many Gossip Girl topics addressed by Stephanie Savage.
Q: Is Vanessa going to school next year? Will she continue her education?
A: We'll have to wait and see, but Savage said, don't forget, Vanessa took her SATs.
Q: Any more major Gossip Girl deaths we should expect?
A: For now, Stephanie doesn't see that happening: "I think we have a pretty tight cast and I think we would only be interested in adding, not subtracting."
Q: More Dorota please.
A: Not to worry, Savage said they knew Dorota was a superstar straight away and will continue writing for her. Did you know the actress who plays her, Zuzanna Szadkowski, actually speaks Polish, so the producers decide what they want Dorota to say and then rely on Zuzanna to translate it for her lines?Q: On Gossip Girl, will Dan and Blair ever be romantically involved?
A: The producers aren't opposed to it. When questioned about a Dan-Blair pairing, Stephanie said, "There are only so many characters on our show, so everyone needs to be open to being with everyone at some point."
Q: Have the Gossip Girl producers read all the Gossip Girl books?
A: Savage says they read most of the books. And they got familiar with the stories in the ones they skipped by studying summaries. As fans of both the books and the show already know though, the producers are on their own path: "A lot of the stories we’re telling are not in the books whatsoever - the whole Chuck and Blair romance [for example] - so there’s not a lot of material we can draw on. [The show] has to grow and expand and be its own thing."
Q: There's no way all the Gossip Girl kids would end up staying in NYC after high school graduation. Please tell me that's not going to happen.
A: I read this question to Stephanie and she responded by saying, "Well, New York is a pretty big city." Still, Savage ensures there will for sure be changes: "It really is kind of a major - and I think very exciting - reconfiguration of the show, to leave high school behind and to allow all of our characters to reinvent themselves outside of that construct. They'll [discover] what it means to kind of be a part of the bigger world, so you can expect to see new couples, new family configurations, people living in different places than you last saw them. We’re having a lot of fun thinking about that... keep everything that everyone loves [about Gossip Girl], but also really kind of move everyone forward as well."