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OMG! Gossip Girl Is Back On The CW!

Get ready for a new Gossip Girl.

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XOXO…we know you'll love it! Plus: Will Serena and Blair be back in the Upper East Side?

By Nate Millado

Spotted: A newcomer arrives at Constance Billard and stirs up the status quo of Manhattan's elite—and Gossip Girl returns just in time to spill all the tea on the next generation of schemers and socialites. That's right, the iconic teen soap that arguably put The CW on the map is back for a one-night stand.

A continuation of the Gossip Girl saga premieres on HBO Max—with a special one-night-only rebroadcast where it all began. Nine years after Gossip Girl signed off (spoiler alert: It was Dan!), a new clique of upper-crust Upper East Siders promises to be our next summer obsession. Here's everything you need to know about the highly anticipated reboot.

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The Max Original Gossip Girl series premiere will have a special broadcast on The CW on Friday, July 9 (8–9:30 p.m. ET/PT), one day after its debut on HBO Max. Following its broadcast on The CW, the episode will be available to stream on The CW's free digital platforms (The CW app and CWTV.com).

What's New With Gossip Girl 2.0?

The new Gossip Girl cast

The new Gossip Girl stars: Evan Mock, Thomas Doherty, Emily Alyn Lind, Eli Brown, Jordan Alexander, Savannah Smith, and Zion Moreno

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The creative folks behind the original—creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, showrunner Joshua Safran—are involved in the re-imagining. And while Serena (Blake Lively), Blair (Leighton Meester), Dan (Penn Badgley), and other characters in the 2007–2012 series were based on Cecily von Ziegesar's wildly popular YA books, all the new kids are, well, all-new.

And the cast is huge! It's got 16 series regulars (versus the original's seven), led by Jordan Alexander as queen bee/influencer Julien. You also won't be left guessing the identity of Gossip Girl (once again voiced by Kristen Bell)—you'll know who the anonymous blogger is by the end of the premiere.

Representation Matters

Zion Moreno Jordan Alexander Savannah Smith

Gossip Girl trio Zion Moreno, Jordan Alexander, and Savannah Smith

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A lot has changed since the zeitgeist-y Gossip Girl premiered in 2007, and not just the technology (remember Blair's T-Mobile Sidekick in the 2007 pilot?). There's even more sex this go-round; if you thought the Serena-Nate kitchen scene—Season 3, Episode 14, FYI—was steamy, you'll be clutching your pearls watching the new version. And the diverse cast spans the sexuality spectrum, including bi-curious Aki (Evan Mock) and pansexual Max (Thomas Doherty)—more on him in a bit.

Sister, Sister

Jordan Alexander and Whitney Peak

Half sisters Julien (Jordan Alexander) and Zoya (Whitney Peak)

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While the OG GG centered on the love-hate relationship between frenemies Serena and Blair, this version's dramatic duo is Julien and Zoya—who just happen to be half sisters. Zoya is a scholarship student shacking up in a rent-controlled Upper West Side apartment. Could her relatability make her the new Dan Humphrey?

Obie: The Next Dan Humphrey?

Eli Brown

Eli Brown is Obie.

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Or is Otto "Obie" Bergmann IV (played by Eli Brown) the next Dan? He certainly gives off Penn Badgley vibes. He's the richest of the bunch but wrestles with his wealth. Hmm…privileged kid with a heart of gold? Maybe Obie is more of a Nate!

Blair Waldorf Redux? Meet Audrey.

Emily Alyn Lind

Emily Alyn Lind is Audrey.

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Can we expect headbands in Audrey's future? Because Julien's bestie definitely sounds like the second coming of Blair Waldorf. As Emily Alyn Lind describes her character in Harper's Bazaar: "She's very into classic, old-fashion type things. So maybe lots of vintage, but she loves old movies, she loves Bette Davis, she loves Lauren Bacall, she loves Audrey Hepburn, she's very into the finer things in life."

The New Chuck Bass: Max Wolfe

Thomas Doherty

Thomas Doherty is Max Wolfe.

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The show's resident brooding bad boy is the aptly named Max Wolfe, a hedonistic Lothario who gets entangled with both Audrey and her long-term pink-haired beau, Aki.

Any Surprise Cameos From the Original Cast?

The stars of Gossip Girl pose in casual suits and dresses on a wall overlooking Central Park

The original Gossip Girl stars: Chace Crawford, Blake Lively, Ed Westwick, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, and Taylor Momsen

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Will S or B ever be spotted back in the Upper East Side? Maybe…just not in the first season. "If Blair showed up for two scenes, you'd say, 'I want more Blair,'" Safran told The Daily Beast. Serena's Chanel boots are big shoes to fill, and the OGs of GG certainly cast an enormous shadow for the newbies to emerge from. "The decision was: Let's get Season 1 under our belt, and should we get Season 2, we'll have the chance to bring in cameos that are more than glorified cameos but actually give them storylines."

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The Max Original Gossip Girl series premiere will have a special broadcast on The CW on Friday, July 9 (8–9:30 p.m. ET/PT), one day after its debut on HBO Max. Following its broadcast on The CW, the episode will be available to stream on The CW's free digital platforms (The CW app and CWTV.com).

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