Gossip Girl on HBO: The blogger's new identity is totally baffling.

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Who is the voice of Gossip Girl?

Episode format The narrator is Gossip Girl, voiced by actress Kristen Bell. She begins the recap with the sentence, "Gossip Girl here, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan's elite," and ends the recap with whispered voices saying "Where has she been?" and "Serena." wikipedia.orgWikipedia: Gossip Girl

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Gossip Girl: Series Premiere Review - "Just Another Girl on MTA"

IGN 09 July, 2021 - 12:01pm

Gossip Girl fans, it’s time to (hesitantly) rejoice. As with any reboot, there’s a lot to live up to, even if what you’re comparing to is an already teen-heavy, didn’t-age-so-well drama from 14 years ago. Although the CW was behind the original TV show based on Cecily von Ziegesar's popular novels, now HBO Max has picked up Gossip Girl for a new, woke reboot. One could say it’s a reboot nobody asked for, but since it’s here, let’s see if it lives up to the first series’ hype.

Paying homage to the first Gossip Girl in many ways, from the new it-crowd meeting at the steps of the Met to teachers name-dropping high school alumni aka original characters like Nate Archibald (Class of ‘09), there are several cheesy but fun nods to make true fans smile and potential fans possibly roll their eyes at. There’s a headband reference, unlimited money to spend, a classic “mean girls” posse, sex and temptation through a love triangle like Chuck and Blair’s, and of course, a new way to sabotage the private school teens through social media’s own Gossip Girl. We have so much teen privilege to witness, from penthouse-living to drinking at members-only clubs; the rich are richer and the middle-class are, well, still “poor”.

Taking parts of the original characters' personalities and relationships and intertwining them with the new can be a wee bit distracting and confusing if you’re a fan of the first show. I spent as much time figuring out who everyone was and if they were supposed to be the new “Serena” or “Blair” or “Chuck” of the group, as I did following along with the actual story being set up. I think I got some connections figured out by the end though, as the new Chuck named Max Wolfe has the same, obvious playboy charm and the sassy, cute Blair-like character has eyes for him although she’s taken. Potentially the new Little J from Brooklyn, Zoya Lott is the sweet, smart freshman from Buffalo, who is ignored by the 17-year-old crew on the steps. That said, the characters themselves are bold AF. We’re talking multiple shaved heads, sex fluid character(s), underaged drinking, and drugs at a members-only club like they own the place (maybe their parents do?). And thankfully an actually diverse cast, with two black female leads played by Jordan Alexander (as Julien Calloway, the new it-girl) and Whitney Peak (Zoya Lott, the frosh).

As Gossip Girls' story is just beginning, the first episode, titled "Just Another Girl on MTA," focuses less on the friend drama and more on the direct tension between high school teachers not getting respect versus the privileged students holding all of the power, as well as some personal family drama sprinkled in. I get why the show switched up who is trying to take down who for the reboot, so it already differs from the original, but disappointingly there’s no real guessing game of “who is Gossip Girl” for the viewer to anticipate. You’ll know right away who is behind Gossip Girl 2.0, so instead, stay intrigued by the threats and secrets being revealed by GG. I only hope the secrets are juicy enough to keep me interested, or else I’m following along for the elite fashion looks and pretty actors which can only entertain me for so long.

Gossip Girl on HBO Max Review: An Enjoyable But Non-Essential Revival

Collider.com 09 July, 2021 - 12:01pm

Recreated by Joshua Safran (who was eventually an executive producer on the original series), Gossip Girl: The New Class takes place in the same universe as the OG, but in a post-vaccine New York City (presumably, the fall of 2021, though really all teen dramas, in one way or another, function in a timeless void to some degree). The kids are young, horny, and quick with the social media; if Gossip Girl: Lost In New York delivers anything, it's a primer on the terminology "the kids today" are using on the 'gram.

As other outlets — not to mention the first episode itself — have revealed, the identity of Gossip Girl is not a mystery in this iteration (and if fans of the original series are curious, it's not Dan Humphrey, which makes sense given that Penn Badgley is currently busy being the source of far more scandalous scandal). However, the original's legacy is more than honored here; while the technology has been upgraded from blogging to Instagram, the tone, once again embodied by the wry cynicism of Kristen Bell's voice-over, remains consistent.

At the center of the story officially are half-sisters played by Jordan Alexander and Whitney Peak — Julien, the elder, being a well-established influencer and model who initially takes new freshman Zoya under her wing, though there's clear tension between them for both surprising and unsurprising reasons. The supporting cast of high schoolers is inclusive enough to escape any accusations of tokenism when it comes to LGBTQ+ representation, with plenty of drama brewing in the complex triangles (and potential quadrangles and more) that come when you're young and cute and fluid AF.

That does lead to the question of who the audience for these shows is, most especially Gossip Girl 2.0, which feels more conscious than ever of being on the outside looking in. I'm sure that plenty of youths watch these shows as well (when not making Tiktoks and advocating for climate change reform), but to speak to my own experience, when I was a teenager, I didn't watch a lot of TV focused on teenagers (unless you count Jake Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and you probably don't). But, then again, I was hardly in danger of attending any wild house parties (see previous parenthetical for perhaps one explanation) and didn't particularly those shows to remind me of what I was missing.

As an adult, I've consumed far more of those shows and enjoyed them for what they are — escapism. For, as a critic who has not yet discovered the ability to stop aging, it's something I've become ever more conscious of with each passing year, increasingly looking to teen dramas as a window into a unique universe about which I know very little, for the same reason I watch shows about Mexican drug cartels and space stations.

This leads to the question of for whom, exactly, Gossip Girl: The Teachers Strike Back is intended, a question for which I don't necessarily have an answer. But I know that I watched all four episodes provided in advance to critics and enjoyed them, especially for the wildly obscure references, from the name-dropping of Gaspar Noé to an extended cameo by Tony-nominated playwright Jeremy O. Harris — though, in fairness, I should say that these are the sorts of references that feel appropriate for over-cultured rich New York teens.

It's worth noting that the kind of buy-in Gossip Girl and the Chamber of Secrets asks of its viewers includes avoiding any questions about the age of consent, especially the fact that one of the lead characters is 14 years old at the beginning of the season. Some borderline inappropriate to flat-out illegal stuff happens in this show! And if you're watching it with any consideration of what would happen in reality, it might be pretty disconcerting!

New episodes of Gossip Girl: Here We Go Again premiere Thursdays on HBO Max.

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