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“All relationships are a business. Sometimes if your lucky you have love as a bonus.”
Holy Crap… No pun intended. After a mediocre season of Gossip Girl I fell into this trap of thinking I could figure out exactly what the writers were trying to do. That is until I watched this very episode. It was a goddamn roller-coaster ride with twists and turns every 5 minutes. What you thought was going to happen one minute flipped 360 and you were left breathless and utterly astonished. Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin all I know is that there hasn’t been a Gossip Girl episode thus far that has been so brilliantly produced. When church bells rang, the mayhem began…. scheming and blackmailing at full force. And in the end, a new Gossip Girl even made her way to town. 

You get what you deserve Blair Waldorf, or should I say Princess Blair. When you have so many people that care about you and want whats best for you, maybe you should take their advice? You can’t say they didn’t try, because everybody did. Blairs mother physically went to Chuck’s loft and begged him to come stop the wedding. Serena tried to talk Blair out of making the biggest mistake of her life. Hell, even Georgina tried to help Blair out (in her own and conniving way). Yet Blair always has to have everything go her way. Chuck Bass poured his heart out for the up-teenth time this season only to be shot down over and over again. Here is a guy that has fought continuously for your love and a guy you admitted to being in love with despite the fact that your getting married to someone else. Blairs logic in all of this just did not follow suite. Than Gossip Girl tried to interrupt, since Chuck didn’t have the decency to stop this shindig. And after that embarrassing interruption at the church why the hell would Louie even take Blair back? Is that even a legit marriage and a legit relationship if he can forgive all of that in a couple of seconds? The only obvious answer in all of this was Blair was so convinced she was right, nothing could have changed her mind… Except a rude wake up call that is…. 

As a sucker for weddings, I was repulsed by the cake eating scene that the newly married couple shared Not until the last dance was everything completely obvious. As the beginning of the episode alluded to this years royal wedding of Kate and William, the ending of it followed in his mothers footsteps, at least partially. Princess Diana was as some say trapped in a loveless marriage and that was exactly what Prince Louie was doing to Blair.  Prince Louie who was kind, loving, and warm-hearted suddenly turned into a complete beast. The love that they once shared was gone and that was fairly obvious by the icy glare he gave her. He had deceived Blair but only after she deceived him. 

I know one rule of royalty is that they must save face, but wouldn’t it just be bolder of him to tell Blair to hit the curb and distance himself from this mess, letting her live the life she wanted with the guy she loved?  The only thing that will result from this arrangement is that Blair will realize she finally loves Chuck and a whole story will emerge of how she must escape from this legally binded “business deal.” But will she try to go back to Chuck or find love in lonely boy’s arms. Either way, until her prince gets bored and wants a divorce, she is bound to him. And he is going to want revenge for all the crap she put him through. Smile for the photographers B, your fairy tale has just come true. Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. Are divorces for royalty even legal?

Speaking of lonely boy, Poor S. Not only has she screwed up her previous relationships with Dan but now she lost him to her best friend. I mean when Blair was in trouble the obvious choice would be to call Chuck, but she didn’t she called Dan. I loathe a Dair relationship beyond anything more than a friendship. As S waited to talk to Dan after confessing she loved him (way to freak the guy out S) Dan was busy saving his damsel in distress. It seems that every guy falls in love with Blair and Serena gets pushed to the curb. I guess we could have seen this coming from the Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe montage at the beginning when Audrey steals Humphries, but still, doesn’t Blair have enough on her mind? Even Georgina treated Serena’s life as she made her epic exit… well until next time. Speaking of, some foreshadowing was played in this episode. Georgina has been MIA from New York since like season 4, how the hell would she know everyone’s twisted little secrets, even the fact that Serena is in love with Dan. She might be observant but no one can be that observant, I mean lonely boy didn’t even catch on!!!! So I guess as shocking as the revelation was, if you were an intuitive watcher you wouldn’t have been so shocked.

No, Just Kidding it was still the biggest twist in Gossip Girl history. We waited 5 years to find out that GEORGINA, the jesus camp freak, was Gossip Girl. After everything church camp and tricking Dan into being Milo’s father and trying to have Ivy kill herself at some party (and Ivy by the way missed the wedding of the century), Georgina has been our beloved Gossip Girl. I’ve had such mixed feelings about Georgina in the past few seasons, but one thing she never lacked was her sense of dark, twisted humor.  And although chaos was minimal when GG was gone, she made her comeback in a big way. I doubt this was the last we’ve seen of lady G. You know what they say, the one that you least expect will be the one to take you by surprise. 



Memorable Quotes

  • Gossip Girl: Once upon a time Princess B was a virgin queen and her king was named Archibald. Who would have thought that in just 5 short years she could turn that headband into a tiara.
  • Gossip Girl: But if you think I spent all my recent downtime reflecting what I’ve done in those same 5 years let me assure you that couldn’t be further from the truth. I was just planning my comeback, so if I were you I’d watch this space, cause the new gossip girl is coming and what will my first post be? All I can say is you should probably pray I wont be writing about you.
  • Dan: Once Blair and Louie say I do me and Serena can say I don’t and go back to just being friends.
  • Chuck: I’m sorry father I dont play those kind of games anymore.
  • Georgina: A true American princess. The next Princess Diana. Don’t these people do their research anymore?
  • Guy: How do you expect to get into the wedding of the century? 
    • Georgina: By joining forces with the centuries biggest wedding crasher.
  • Georgina: Bless us father, I have a feeling were about to sin.
  • Priest: Now who are you again?
    • Georgina: The answer to your prayers.
  • Georgina: Jesus owes me one.
  • Nate: You know the worlds a mess when the most honest person we know is Chuck Bass.
  • Chuck: If I were meant to stop the wedding there would have been some sign.
  • Elainor Waldorf: All day long I had this feeling like I forgot something. And than I realized what it was. It’s you!
  • Elainor: So are you coming to stop this thing or what?
  • Chuck: Don’t marry him. Tell me I’m wrong and I’ll leave. You can’t because it should be us up there and you know it.
  • Blair: You should find someone who loves you too.
    • Chuck: I have she’s standing right in front of me.
  • Serena: Maybe the pact is just an excuse your using to protect yourself from the messiness and uncertainty of a life with the man you really love.
  • Serena: I think I May have just done something really bad.
  • Gossip Girl: If no one else is going to say it I guess I have too. The person who should be objecting isn’t Chuck Bass but the bride herself.
  • Blair: Of course I love you Chuck. I’ve always loved you. I love you more and more everyday if that’s even possible to love someone that much.
  • Georgina: Anyways whoever it was the weddings over now. See you at the next shinding. Ta-Ta.
  • Blair: Its me. I made a horrible mistake and I don’t know what to do. Help me please.
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Gossip Girl Season Premiere Review – The Internet Queen Gets a Creepy Twist (1×01)

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In the words of Kanye West, no one man student should have all that power!

But they do on Gossip Girl 2.0. 

Gone are the days where the Blairs, Serenas, Dans, Chucks, and Nates ruled Constance Billard. These days, the new Queen B ruling the halls and the Met Steps is JC, Julien Calloway, along with her rival, half-sister, Zoya.

The cast is much more diverse on the surface, but deep down, you’ve seen iterations of these characters before. 

Max posesses the swagger of Chuck Bass. Obie resembles a Dan Humphrey with money. Audrey is a dead ringer for little Jenny, and is 16 and married (sounds like an MTV show, right?) with Aki. And where Blair had her minions, JC has her besties who moonlight as brand managers, Luna and Monet. 

There’s also Kristen Bell resurrecting the Internet gossip in all her glory as she utters her signature “XoXo, Gossip Girl.” A tingle went down my spine and I was instantly transported back to 2007 when I heard her narration.

But the joy is shortlived and fleeting as we’re pulled into sloppy schemes ushered in by the reveal of GG’s identity by the time the hour is up. 

Unmasking Gossip Girl strips the series of the mystery that fueld the original series through its entire run.

And it’s even more toxic and problematic that the gossip queen is a handful of teachers spearheaded by Kate Keller, who are “taking back their power” from New York’s elite.

It was one thing to know Dan Humphrey was GG, but if we ever saw how he got his intel, we’d realize just how weird it was. 

And it was beyond creepy to to see a grown man snag half-naked pictures of his students in order to post it all over Instagram. 

I’m pretty sure it’s illegal in more than one way, but the series glosses over that part, though it, at the very least, acknowledges how creepy the whole situation is. 

Taylor Momsen and More Gossip Girl Stars Have This Advice for the New Cast

Thankfully, as GG takes on a mind of its own amongst the new generation of students, the teachers likely won’t have to do much of the sleuthing anymore. 

However, there’s also the whole fact that these teachers care enough about what their students are doing on their free time to arrange after school meetings to plot ways to destroy them. Do they not have anything better to do? Even when you suspend disbelief, it’s hard to imagine anyone in education stooping this low. 

It’s almost as if the teachers themselves never left high school, which is pathetic. With so much of the focus on the teacher trying to destroy students, it’s hard to even get into the drama between Zoya and JC, the half-sisters who secretly attempt to form a friendship only to get dragged into a fued by Gossip Girl.

In keeping up with the times, GG swaps in her blog for Twitter before determining that it’s outdated and only used for memes and Lin-Manuel Miranda and embracing Instagram instead.

If this series truly wanted to resonate with the youth of today, wouldn’t GG at least embrace TikTok?

But that’s the thing — the series seems confused on the audience it’s trying to entice and vibe with.

Through the diverse and sexually fluid student body, it seems to set its sights on Gen Z, but roping in the teachers in some odd revenge-plot seems to be a desperate (though successful if I’m being honest) attempt at hooking original fans, like myself, who are likely all grown up just like Nate’s former classmate-turned-educator, Rebecca, who gives Kate the idea to ressurect GG in the first place. 

It’s also why HBO Max aired the pilot episode on The CW, the network that made the original a series that defined a whole generation. 

The idea is to keep the rich kids accountable for their actions and respecting authority by exposing their secrets (I’ll be the first to say it’s a bit of a sretch to say that the students from Blair and Nate’s time were “scrared straight” by GG), though, it veers wildly off track, especially as the teachers become obsessively engulfed in the teen gossip themselves. They love having that power back. 

From the audiences standpoint, the series loses the magic and pull of its predecessor, while also failing to carve its own path as it leans too heavily into Netflix’s Elite, which I highly recommend you binge in your free time. 

As a fan of the original, I’ll be sticking around just to see if the series finds its footing, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it finds that in trying so hard, it alienates the audiences it hoped to represent.

Should we have allowed Gossip Girl to stay in the past?

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Taylor Momsen and More Gossip Girl Stars Have This Advice for the New Cast

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Taylor Momsen and More Gossip Girl Stars Have This Advice for the New Cast

By LINDSAY WEINBERG 

It’s hard to know who lived more glamorous lives—the characters of the original Gossip Girl series or the actors that portrayed them. From avoiding the paparazzi (casual) to making the most “magical friendships” on set, some of the actors from The CW show are sharing their most impactful memories ahead of the new reboot.

That’s right: It’s time to welcome back the most powerful Upper East Sider of all. Gossip Girl (Kristen Bell) will return to our lives on Thursday, July 8, when HBO Max debuts its juicy new series.

But before there was Zoya Lott (Whitney Peak), Audrey Hope (Emily Alyn Lind), Aki Menzies (Evan Mock) and Julien Calloway (Jordan Alexander), fans were obsessed with the extravagant lifestyles of Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley), Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) and Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford).

So, in honor of the premiere, E! News asked the cast of the original Gossip Girl to share their A+ wisdom with the new stars, including some pretty heartfelt advice on how to savor all that NYC has to offer.

Nearly 10 years after portraying Jenny Humphrey, Taylor Momsen reflects, “Shooting Gossip Girl was such an exciting look into New York.” She started out as Little J before pivoting to the music industry, releasing the album Death by Rock and Roll with her band The Pretty Reckless earlier this year.

Her advice to the newcomers? “I would encourage the new cast to take it ALL in,” Taylor, 27, tells E! News. “Gossip Girl was a unique time for me. When I look back I cherish the time I had to explore the city and to learn from people I respect, like [creators] Stephanie [Savage] and Josh [Schwartz].”

Robert John Burke, who portrayed Chuck’s dad Bart Bass, says he sends his “best wishes” the Gossip Girl ensemble, while offering some hot fashion tips. “Have fun, go with the outfit you first decide on and never, ever be on a rooftop alone with my son Chuck!” the 60 year old shares, referring to the bad boy’s scandalous side.

Another fan favorite on screen was Dorota, Blair’s feisty maid and trusted confidante, played by Zuzanna Szadkowski. The actress explains to E! News,” For me, Gossip Girl was all about chemistry,” pointing to the “electricity” between “Miss Blair and Mr. Chuck.”

“It was a real thrill when Dorota found her match in swoon-worthy Vanya,” she says of the doorman, played by Aaron Schwartz. “I hope that the caretaker and sidekick characters amongst the new GG crew find some heat and romance of their own.” 

Since the show ended, Zuzanna has realized that the best part was the friendships she made on set. “The greatest gift Gossip Girl gave me was my friendship with Leighton Meester, and I learned so much from working with her,” shares The Gilded Age star, now 42. “There will never be another Blair and Dorota, but my wish for the new generation is that magical friendships will bloom in unlikely places.” 

She adds that she’s “very excited” to watch the new Gossip Girl, noting that the original “spread love for NYC all over the globe.”

“This reboot comes at the perfect time because we could use some fun, flashy NYC-centric glamour right now,” Zuzanna gushes. “I can tell from the teasers that the cast already have their smoldering gazes and cold shoulders on lock. It looks really hot. I hope they ruffle some feathers.” 

As for Katie Cassidy, who played Serena’s nemesis Juliet Sharp, she tells the new cast to “stay focused, work hard, and have fun!” Not to mention, “Watch out for paparazzi when you’re shooting exteriors in NYC.”

Katie went on to star in Arrow and recently wrapped filming on the movie Agent Game. For her, Gossip Girl is a real “throwback,” saying, “I miss Juliet Sharp, what a fun role I got to portray!”

And if she has it her way, we just might see her in the reboot. “Who knows, maybe I’ll direct an episode for Gossip Girl 2.0 or maybe we will see Juliet Sharp back in the Upper East Side,” Katie, 34, suggests. “Just putting it out there!”

To see what the rest of the O.G. Gossip Girl cast is up to these days, click here.

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WATCH: ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot Trailer Gives First Look Into the Scandalous Lives of Manhattan’s Elite

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Hey Upper East Siders,

The long-awaited Gossip Girl reboot has finally dropped its first trailer.

Nine years after its original run in 2007-2012, Gossip Girl is back and ready to ruin the lives of the next generation of New York’s elite.

This time, she’s upgraded technology and can wreak havoc beyond her blog and outdated flip phone’s contact list.

Through the use of an anonymous Instagram account, she threatens to unveil a huge secret among the ruling rich kids at the private school Constance Billard.

With a cast full of up-and-comers including Jordan Alexander’s portrayal of the queen bee, Julian Calloway, and Whitney Peak as the new girl, Zoya Lott, the show seems to do a great job of diversifying its characters.

There are a few familiar faces including Elizabeth Lail (You) and Laura Benanti (Younger), and the recognizable voice-over of Kristen Bell as the ominous Gossip Girl.

In this short two-minute trailer, it’s clear that the show will be full of drama, and according to the official logline, “The prestige series will address just how much social media–and the landscape of New York City itself– has changed in the intervening years.”

Don’t forget to tune in, as the series will officially stream episodes on HBO Max weekly starting July 8.

XOXO,

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