‘Gossip Girl’: Original vs Reboot

The new Gossip Girl trailer is here and we couldn’t be more excited for July! The main thought after watching the trailer though, how will the reboot compare to the original?

Alexis Crandall

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: June 11th, 2021 10:33 pm pst

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The first official Gossip Girl reboot trailer dropped earlier this week, showing us the new Upper East Siders.

Airing nine years after the finale of the original, the new Gossip Girl is updated and modern. The show doesn’t seem to stray too far from its predecessor, while still keeping its modernity.
The trailer uses Frank Ocean’s “Super Rich Kids,” an homage to the original series which used that song and the entire Channel Orange album to soundtrack an episode in the final season. And, Kristen Bell is back as the voice to the mysterious Gossip Girl.

It seems that the characters are the next generation of Constance Billard students. We see them hanging out in the school courtyard and lounging on the steps of the MET in their uniforms. The voiceover says they’ve known each other since they were young and they “…have trust and loyalty.”

One of the characters, Julien Calloway, has a fashion connection. In the latter part of the trailer, she’s walking down a catwalk. Perhaps, one of her parents is a fashion designer like Blaire?

As this is a reboot, the Gossip Girl platform has been updated. It’s now an Instagram account instead of a blog, and we see the characters live streaming and posting to their stories. It should be interesting to see how the show uses Instagram and all its features. Currently, ads for the reboot have been seen on Snapchat, TikTok, and Instagram.

The new generation has a mostly non-white, lead cast, which is a far cry from the original. Joshua Safran, the showrunner, told Variety in 2019, “this time around, the leads are non-white. There’s a lot of queer content on this show.”

Of course, the fashion has to be as iconic as the original, and it seems to be following the trends of late. There are bike shorts paired with oversized shirts, crop tops and high-waisted skirts. Set photos show chunky sneakers, hoodies over skirts, socks paired with heels. It seems the Blair headband is nowhere to be found, although the chunky headband is making a reappearance.

Hopefully, this show brings in elements from the original without overdoing it. Personally, I hope we don’t see any of the original characters make a cameo, but I do hope we hear about them from the newbies. How have they influenced this new group?

As for now, we’ll have to wait for the show to premiere on HBO Max on July 8th to see what’s in store.

About The Author:

Alexis Crandall is an Emerson College student majoring in journalism with a minor in Public Relations. She is also an intern at AfterBuzz TV and Better Together with Maria Menounos. 

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence

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