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Everyone’s favorite show about Manhattan’s elite teens might be making a comeback. On Friday, CW President Mark Pedowitz confirmed to TVLine that a reboot of Gossip Girl, the wildly popular 2007-2012 series that launched the careers of Leighton Meester, Blake Lively, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, and Ed Westwick is a possibility.
At the TV Critics’ Association press tour last week, Pedowitz said that the show’s revival is mostly contingent on if Warner Bros. and the executive producers of the series want to go through with it. “There’s a discussion, but I don’t know if we’re there yet,” Pedowitz said. “I don’t know what it would be. A lot is up to Warner Bros. and [exec producers] Josh [Schwartz] and Steph[anie Savage], ’cause you don’t want to do anything without them.”
While we wait for more details on the possible reboot to trickle in, here’s what we know so far about the celebrated series returning to television.
Both Leighton and Blake would be open to a revival.
Lively spoke to Variety in April 2017, saying that she’d be fairly open to doing Gossip Girl with the original cast. “It sort of all depends,” Lively said.”Would I do seven years of the show? No, because it’s hard work and I’ve got my babies, and I don’t want to be away from them that much. But I’ve just learned in life you never say never. I’m looking to do something that I haven’t done yet, not something that I did. But would I do that? Who knows—if it was good, if it made sense. We had so much fun shooting and living and working in New York City.”
And when Meester spoke to Vanity Fair about a possible reboot in August 2017, she seemed somewhat open to the idea of reprising the role of Blair Waldorf, but approached the topic with a fair amount of hesitation.“I guess I hear that [reunion talk] in fits and starts here and there, but it’s hard to say,” she said. “If everyone was into it and if the timing was right, you know? I don’t want to say, ‘No, never…’”
Despite the hesitation, Meester has a clear vision of what Blair would be doing now. “When we last left Blair Waldorf, she had a kid with [Chuck Bass], and she was running her own fashion company,” she told ELLE in February 2017. “Blair Waldorf is probably about to debut her new fashion line. She’s probably doing New York Fashion Week! She’s got a runway somewhere.”
Chace Crawford is open to a reboot, but feels they’d want a younger cast.
In December, Crawford told Us Weekly that he would “be open to talking about something.” Crawford, at the time, was under the impression that a reboot wasn’t in discussion. And though he is open to the idea of playing Nate Archibald again, he thinks that the cast might be too old to reprise their former roles.“They’ll probably just reboot it and cast all new young kids,” he added. “How are we going to do it? … At 35, I’m still at the high school there, wearing my uniform?”
Penn Badgley isn’t super interested, but won’t rule out the possibility completely.
Badgley suspects that a reboot won’t happen at least for another decade, and doesn’t seem to express much excitement in playing Dan Humphrey again. “I don’t think that could happen for maybe another 10 years because if you look at the shows that are being rebooted, they’re much older,” he told Marie Claire in September. “I don’t think any of us are interested in that, the creators or the cast.”
Badgley also took a “never say never” approach towards a Gossip Girl revival. “I suppose you should never say never,” he told Variety ahead of the premiere of his new pscho-thriller series, You. “I suppose there are conditions where I would. Do I think those conditions will ever exist? No. But they might.”
Despite his ambivalence, he talks about the parallels between Dan Humphrey and his new character, Joe Goldberg in Netflix’s You, pretty regularly these days.
Ed Westwick is not really a fan of the idea.
When Westwick sat down for an interview with Radio Times in May 2017, he said that he feels like the idea of a Gossip Girl reboot is impossible, and that his character, Chuck Bass, is “played out.” “Nah, that’s not gonna happen,” he told the interviewer. “I know there’s a bunch of them coming back – I hear they’re doing Will and Grace, they’ve done Gilmore Girls… But it’s such a strange thing to think about. It feels like we only just finished! And I haven’t done enough in between yet to feel like I could comfortably revisit it. And I did so much with that character – it’s played out, man. It’s done.” In spite of his harsh words, Westwick said he would take up the opportunity to play Chuck again—but only if he was offered millions of dollars.
Taylor Momsen has since quit acting, so it’s highly unlikely she’d return.
Momsen experienced growing pains when filming Gossip Girl. While on set, she focused her attention on music and eventually began touring with her rock band, The Pretty Reckless. “I’m very lucky that the producers were nice enough to write me out, allow me to tour, and pursue my passion, because they very easily could have told me to go f–k myself and keep me on the show,” she told The Daily Beast in 2014. And as far as returning to play Jenny Humphrey? “I’m not looking to go back to it,” she told Riverfront Times in 2014. “Gossip Girl was a great experience, and it helped in one way and hurt in another, but it feels like forever ago.”