In a return to the Upper East Side where there's no such thing as a secret, Gossip Girl is bringing together a brand new cast for its rebooted study in love triangles. Announced in 2019, the series is making it's way to HBO Max on July 8 and from the looks of the first teaser, it might be a date worth setting aside.
The scene opens to—surprise, surprise—a cocktail party with whispers floating, phones pinging, and protagonists cheating on their significant others. Okay, that last one's an assumption, but if the writers are staying true to the original, then they wouldn't have it any other way.
As expected, the characters are dressed for the runway. It's hard to miss Savannah Smith bejeweled in gold, with hoop earrings and a rope-chained medallion. Or Evan Mock in a button-up—with an oversized denim jacket and a pink-dyed buzzcut. For those who don't care for the drama, the fashion moments might make Gossip Girl worth a watch nonetheless.
On the other hand, for those who are here for slander and name-calling, Kristen Bell's return as the narrator starts us off on a positive note. The actress, in a purely off-screen role, sets the tone with a voiceover that's flushed with the same deceitful and scheming inflection which made the original so iconic.
Adapted to a contemporary setting, the Gossip Girl reboot seems to embrace diversity and representation. In a Twitter AMA, showrunner Joshua Safran stated that the show would be "very very queer", leaving room to explore a wider array of storylines than seen in the original.
So, in summary that's: queer visibility, a drunk, drug-addled visual aesthetic, premiering on HBO—and no, I'm not describing the upcoming season of Euphoria. Sure, the similarities do crop up at face value, but here's hoping that that's where they end as well. With any luck, Gossip Girl won't strive for the realism of its apparent counterpart and instead, continue to serve up the incessant, over-the-top drama which it's best known for.
Gossip Girl premieres on HBO Max on July 8.