Could Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf be making a comeback? Some fans are crossing their fingers after news broke on July 17th that an updated version of Gossip Girl is officially happening. Yes, the former CW show—based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar—is getting the reboot treatment by WarnerMedia’s soon-to-be-launched streaming service, HBO Max.
Rumors of a Gossip Girl return have been swirling since February. The exact details are still under wraps, but the log line reveals a few clues about what we can expect: “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,” it reads.
Beyond that, here’s what we know so far about the series.
There will be 10 episodes. According to Deadline, HBO has ordered 10 hour-long episodes of the new version of the show. As the log line shows, it’ll tackle contemporary issues, including social media and online privacy, that have changed some of the dynamics in today’s high schools.
The original creators are behind the new version. Original program creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are going to be executive producers. Joshua Safran, a writer and producer on the OG show, is also on board and in charge of writing the reboot.
There’s no word on the cast yet. While the show will focus on a new generation, fans are hopeful that the stars from the original series will make an appearance.
In past interviews, the cast has had lots of different opinions about a reboot. Chace Crawford (Nate) has signaled before that he wasn’t wild about new episodes with the original stars.
“I don’t think anyone’s been seriously talking about that. I think they’d have to come up with a real plan, and I know Josh and Stephanie would have to be a part of it,” he told Entertainment Tonight in February. “It is funny to me, it’s almost become a classic now. It probably goes to show you that we shouldn’t be redoing it. I can’t be in high school anymore. That’s the thing. I don’t even know what they would do. For me personally, I would love to see everybody again and I loved everybody and I would love to work with everybody, but I don’t know if it’s necessarily a reality.”
Still, he changed his tune slightly when he spoke to Digital Spy in July: “It would be hard I think [to get the original cast all together]. The reboot might come in the form of new characters. I would absolutely cameo. I’d have to!”
Blake Lively (Serena) has explained that she would not say never to the idea. “It sort of all depends,” she told Variety in 2017. “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.”