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'Gossip Girl' Vets Will Be Back For Reboot

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By Desmund Ullrich

There has been a lot of talk, but CW president Mark Pedowitz and HBO Max have finally confirmed the cast for the new "Gossip Girl Generation".

While many of us hold on to the nostalgia of the pop culturally rooted drama series, released during the time of Motorola Razr flip-phones, early Fall Out Boy, and Myspace, we need not fret because the reboot is said to be a reimagining of the original series. Best yet a few veteran "Upper East-siders" may be appearing from the original plot.

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Who is the new "It" girl?

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In the original series, fans followed the love story of the "It" girl Sabrina (Blake Lively), who was virtually stalked by all of the wealthy teens and young adults of Manhattan, and her unlikely love - a Brooklyn raised aspiring writer, played by Penn Badgley who recently resurfaced in the Netflix series 'You', another popularized stalker style love drama.

So who is the new "It" girl? The reboot will now follow Emily Alyn Lind's character, Aubrey. Lind may seem like a familiar face and has made appearances on a few other suspense drama television series - like 'Revenge' and 'Sacred Lies'.

Who is Gossip Girl?

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Gossip Girl was just the personification of the online posts made about Blake's character and friends from an anonymous "tipster" and drama creator, "she" became the narrator of the series voiced by Kristen Bell.

According to the list of cast members on IMDB, Kristen Bell will be returning to voice our beloved Gossip Girl and show-runner Josh Schwartz confirmed that the cast members, from the original 'Gossip Girl' series, have been contacted to say that they are welcome to work on this reboot.

Who else is returning?

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Surely fans can now sigh with relief over the reprise of Kristen Bell as Gossip Girl, but who else is returning to the show?

As mentioned, creator Josh Schwartz will be heading up the series, along with co-creator Stephanie Savage and show-runner Josh Safran as executive producers.

The 10-episode reboot has also confirmed a script that echoes the original writer, Cecily von Ziegesar, and fans were teased with the premise, "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."

Has anyone else confirmed?

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While the reboot of 'Gossip Girl' is filled with a new set of starlets including Eli Brown from 'Pretty Little Liars' and Jason Gotay from 'Peter Pan Live!', cameos from the original cast have not been confirmed.

The CW is known for attempting revivals and has previously rebooted 'Melrose Place' and '90210' which weren't as popular as the two original series. Hopefully, with a move to the HBO Max streaming platform, created by the networks parent company WarnerMedia, 'Gossip Girl' will have a chance to survive.

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