As much as I bloody loved the original Gossip Girl (legit, I had every season on DVD), there’s no denying that the vast majority of the characters were garbage people. Sorry not sorry.
From Serena being a raging narcissist to Blair being envious of her mate’s success, not to mention the fact that Dan was a fucking psycho stalker and Chuck was a rapist, we were dealt a hand of pretty awful teens.
But apparently this time ’round, the core group will be more redeeming in the way of their awareness of social issues, according to showrunner, Josh Safran.
In an interview with Variety, Safran said the new Gossip Girl characters will “wrestle with their privilege in a way that I think the original didn’t. In light of [Black Lives Matter], in light of a lot of things, even going back to Occupy Wall Street, things have shifted.”
Examples provided by Variety included their awareness of “income inequality, they take Ubers, not limos. They’re (mostly) not rude to service workers.”
Again, a far cry from the rich snobs with sociopathic tendencies in the original. That being said, I’m sure they’re not going to be total angels because then, well, where’s the show? But at least they’ll have redeeming qualities and will be aware of their privilege and the fact that there are so many injustices occurring in the world right now, beyond the frustrating task of trying to secure a table at Butter.
The Gossip Girl reboot stars Emily Alyn Lind as Audrey Hope, Thomas Doherty as Max Wolfe, Jordan Alexander as Julien Calloway, Savannah Lee Smith as Monet de Haan, Evan Mock as Akeno Menzies and Zión Moreno as Luna La.
Gossip Girl will premiere July 8 on Binge. Peep the trailer below: