Gossip Girl Reboot to Star Diverse Leads

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The forthcoming Gossip Girl reboot will be a lot different from its CW counterpart. 

In a new interview with Vulture, Joshua Safran, who worked on the original series and is returning as showrunner for the revival opened up about the lack of representation on the original series. 

“There was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show. I was the only gay writer I think the entire time I was there," he told the outlet. 

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"Even when I went to private school in New York in the ’90s, the school didn’t necessarily reflect what was on Gossip Girl.”

Thankfully, the new iteration will write that wong. 

“This time around the leads are nonwhite,” he continues.

“There [will also be] a lot of queer content on this show. It is very much dealing with the way the world looks now, where wealth and privilege come from, and how you handle that.”

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Safran also teased that the new students will attend Constance Billard School for Girls, meaning that one of the focal locations of the earlier seasons will be back. 

He also said that "there is a twist" at the center of the new series, but did not go any further than that. 

It's nice that they are switching things up somewhat by adding a new twist and more diversity, but some things will remain the same. 

We learned just days ago that the blogger who reveals all about the students will, once again, be played by Kristen Bell. Yes, she's back as the new narrator, Gossip Girl Fanatics. 

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The series will be airing on a new streaming service called HBO Max, so it might take on a more adult approach than the original. 

That's not to say the original did not feature adult content, but there's a big difference from airing on The CW to a HBO-owned company. 

Here is the HBO Max synopsis:

Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl.

The prestige series will address just how much social media - and the landscape of New York itself - has changed in the intervening years.

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Yes, that also means we're picking up in the present when the show debuts. 

“It is 12 years, I guess 13 years after the original,” says Safran. “So we are in realtime from the original where we are in the show.”

Okay then. 

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