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Gossip Girl trivia: 90 facts about the teen soap opera that you love to hate!

Gossip Girl was one of the most famous teen soap operas. Now, it is getting a revival and we can’t wait to see it!

So let’s dive into some trivia and facts about this series that everyone loves to hate!

  1. Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series
  2. It is based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar
  3. The series, created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage
  4. It originally ran on The CW network for six seasons from September 19, 2007, to December 17, 2012
  5. Narrated by the omniscient blogger “Gossip Girl” (voiced by Kristen Bell), the series revolves around the lives of privileged upper-class adolescents living in Manhattan’s Upper East Side
  6. The series begins with the return of Upper East Side teenage it girl Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) from a mysterious absence
  7. She is reunited with her frenemy Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) and her mother Lily van der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford)
  8. While she also meets Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley), an aspiring writer from Brooklyn
  9. Other main characters are played by Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, Taylor Momsen, Jessica Szohr, Matthew Settle and Kaylee DeFer
  10. The success of Gossip Girl led to adaptations outside the United States
  11. The show has received numerous award nominations
  12. Winning 18 Teen Choice Awards
  13. The CW officially renewed Gossip Girl for a sixth and final season on May 11, 2012
  14. The final season, consisting of 10 episodes, premiered on October 8, 2012 and ended on December 17, 2012
  15. The Gossip Girl book series was originally supposed to be adapted into a film starring Lindsay Lohan
  16. With head Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino
  17. When the film project did not get off the ground, Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz took over the project to create a television series
  18. As of October 2006, Schwartz was working on the pilot
  19. The characteristics for each character in the pilot were based on the first Gossip Girl book
  20. The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz and fellow writer Stephanie Savage served as the show’s executive producers throughout the series’ run
  21. Followed by Bob Levy and Leslie Morgenstein of Alloy Entertainment
  22. They were assigned in aiding the adaptation of the novels into the series
  23. Following the success of Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls co-producer, John Stephens was approached by Schwartz and Savage
  24. He was hired him as an executive producer
  25. Joshua Safran, who started as a writer/consulting producer before becoming co-executive producer, was later added as an executive producer
  26. On April 24, 2012, it was announced that he would leave the show at the end of the fifth season to be the new showrunner of NBC’s now-cancelled musical series Smash
  27. To fill in Safran’s void, co-executive producer Sara Goodman was promoted to executive producer for the sixth season
  28. Alexandra Patsavas who worked with Schwartz on The O.C. was in charge of the music
  29. Eric Daman was at the head of the costume department
  30. He previously had assisted Patricia Field on Sex and the City
  31. Featuring nine regular speaking roles, the majority of the ensemble cast was assembled from February to April 2007
  32. Leighton Meester and Blake Lively were the first two actresses to be chosen in February for the lead roles of Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen, respectively
  33. Penn Badgley, who had previously worked with Stephanie Savage on The Mountain, Taylor Momsen, Chace Crawford, Kelly Rutherford, and Connor Paolo also auditioned successfully and landed roles in the series in March
  34. As did Florencia Lozano who appeared only in the pilot
  35. She was later replaced by Margaret Colin
  36. Badgley at first turned down the part of Dan
  37. As did Lively for the role of Serena
  38. Actors for the roles of Chuck Bass and Rufus Humphrey were found in April when English actor Ed Westwick, and Matthew Settle were cast
  39. Westwick first read for the role of Nate but was then asked to try Chuck
  40. As rumors swirled about the impending cancellation of Veronica Mars, it was revealed at The CW’s 2007 Upfronts on May 17, 2007, that Kristen Bell had narrated the pilot
  41. Thus making her the title character of another show on the network
  42. Jessica Szohr was signed on to portray the recurring role of Vanessa Abrams
  43. And received regular status during the fourteenth episode of the first season
  44. Kaylee DeFer joined the series in the eighteenth episode of the fourth season
  45. She was promoted to series regular for the show’s fifth season
  46. At the conclusion of the fourth season, Momsen, who went on an indefinite hiatus during the season while retaining regular billing
  47. Jessica Szohr left the show
  48. Throughout the series’ run, Connor Paolo consistently declined to elevate his recurring role of Eric van der Woodsen to regular status
  49. Citing personal reasons for his decision
  50. After becoming a regular on the ABC series Revenge, Paolo confirmed his departure from Gossip Girl in August 2011
  51. As the show progressed, numerous recurring guest stars appeared in the show
  52. Michelle Trachtenberg signed on to portray Georgina Sparks
  53. The role had previously been offered to Mischa Barton who declined the role
  54. Francie Swift and Sam Robards took the parental roles of Anne and Howard Archibald, respectively.
  55. Caroline Lagerfelt portrayed Celia “CeCe” Rhodes, Serena and Eric’s grandmother and Lily’s mother
  56. Sebastian Stan made several appearances as Carter Baizen throughout the show’s first three seasons
  57. All of the episodes’ titles are based on the name of a film or a novel
  58. For example, episode “The Wild Brunch” evokes western film The Wild Bunch and “Seventeen Candles” Sixteen Candles
  59. Episode “All About My Brother” refers to Pedro Almodóvar’s All About My Mother while “Pret-a-Poor-J” came from Prêt-à-Porter
  60. “There Might Be Blood” took its title from 2007 film There Will Be Blood
  61. “The Serena Also Rises” was titled after novel The Sun Also Rises
  62. The fifth-season episode “The Big Sleep No More” was named for the film The Big Sleep and the New York-based production Sleep No More
  63. Episode “Easy J” was titled after Emma Stone’s hit movie Easy A
  64. Episode “The Age of Dissonance”, which was titled after Edith Wharton’s novel The Age of Innocence, saw a high school production of the novel taking place
  65. And “The Blair Bitch Project” was named after The Blair Witch Project
  66. “Victor, Victrola” is named after the British-American musical comedy Victor/Victoria
  67. “Bad News Blair” was named after the 1976 movie The Bad News Bears
  68. A reboot is scheduled to be released on Warner Media’s upcoming streaming service HBO Max
  69. The series has received a 10-episode order and picks up eight years after the original Gossip Girl site went dark
  70. A new generation of private school teens are introduced to the watchful eye of Gossip Girl
  71. CW executive Dawn Ostroff later compared Gossip Girl’s role as the show that defined its network to House of Cards for Netflix
  72. Its television audience was never very large
  73. But the show was influential on culture
  74. Savage recalled that the crew likened working on it to working for a lifestyle magazine
  75. A hairstylist for the show compared media interest in Lively’s hair to that for Jennifer Aniston’s “The Rachel”
  76. In 2008, The New York Times reported the show has had a profound impact on retail, saying Gossip Girl is probably “the first [show] to have been conceived, in part, as a fashion marketing vehicle”
  77. While it has had middling success in terms of ratings, it “may well be the biggest influence in the youth culture market”, said a trendspotter
  78. However, for Maheen Humayun of The Tempest, the show emphasized toxic cultural traits, like rape culture, that “messed up a whole generation”
  79. According to Zoe Fox of Mashable, the show popularized social media networks and mobile communication
  80. Becoming “a pioneer in its use of mobile”
  81. In 2008, New York Magazine named the series as “Best Show Ever”
  82. In 2009, Rolling Stone named the series as “TV’s Hottest Show”
  83. On January 26, 2012, in honor of the series’ 100th episode, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited the set and proclaimed the date Gossip Girl Day
  84. Viting the show’s cultural influence and impact on the economy of the city
  85. The popularity of the series was also indirectly responsible for the creation of the reality series NYC Prep
  86. Which ran for one season on Bravo
  87. The series has been referenced in films such as Fired Up!, Get Him To The Greek, Vampires Suck, Easy A, Just Go With It and Horrible Bosses
  88. And TV series such as Royal Pains, Entourage, Parks and Recreation, Skam, 30 Rock, Skins, and Shameless, among others
  89. Popular among teenagers and young adults, the Gossip Girl cast has posed on the cover of numerous mainstream magazines
  90. Including Rolling Stone, People, Nylon, New York Magazine, TV Guide, New York Post, Vogue, Out Magazine, Details, and Entertainment Weekly

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