Will fans be headed back to the Upper East Side via HBO Max for a second season of the new Gossip Girl? Per an official September 2021 announcement from the streaming service, yes, they will! The series has officially been renewed for season 2.
It was first announced that the fan-favorite CW show — which ran from 2007 to 2012 — would return for a reimagined and steamier version in July 2019. As the ongoing coronavirus pandemic took hold, production on the highly anticipated series was pushed until late 2020. Then, fans were officially introduced to the new cast of Manhattan’s elite. Starring Whitney Peak, Eli Brown, Jordan Alexander, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Savannah Smith, Jason Gotay, Zión Moreno, Thomas Doherty and Tavi Gevinson, among others, the new show promised more representation and “a new generation” upon its July 2021 premiere.
“These are new characters, new story lines,” Emily told Dazed magazine in February 2021. During the same interview, Whitney added, “There’s a lot of representation, which I can’t say we saw a lot of in the first one. It’s dope being able to see people who look like you and who are interested in the same things, and who happen to be in entertainment, because it’s so influential and obviously reflective of the times.”
Headed by one of the original show’s executive producers Joshua Safran, the new series had a goal to be more “woke,” “blunt” and “graphic” than the original, per Evan’s March 2021 interview with Vanity Fair. Not to mention the huge secret twist that brought the series into the digital age. When it premiered in July 2021, the new Gossip Girl came with six episodes. The remaining six aired via HBO Max starting in November 2021.
Prior to its debut, the new Gossip Girl was surrounded by tons of buzz, which mirrored the hype of the original series. Of course, fans have already hoped for a second season to bring them deeper into the world of the Upper East Side. While Joshua himself has teased what could come if the show continued, he also told Elle in July 2021 that he has plans for as many as three seasons so far.
“I don’t do anything without knowing if there’s more to it, because I didn’t want to wrap it up,” he told the magazine. “It’s Gossip Girl, and the hope is, you get more Gossip Girl. What’s the reason for us doing it again, if there’s not going to be more, right? I have three seasons [planned so far], I could tell you right now. We didn’t know it was going to happen for six seasons the first time. But right now, I definitely have three in my head.”
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