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15 Surprising Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Gossip Girl

15 Surprising Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Gossip Girl
Prepare to feel a wee bit old: The first episode of Gossip Girl aired almost 10 years ago. Yes. Ten. As you may recall, the CW hit made waves on Sept. 19, 2007, following the popularity of the book series written Cecily von Ziegesar, quickly catapulting Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick, Chace Crawford and Penn Badgley to fame. In honor of the major anniversary, Vanity Fair caught up with the cast and crew—including creators Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz as well as writer Joshua Safran—who revealed some surprising facts not even the show's biggest fans may have known about. 1. It Was Inspired After The O.C.'s Success: Schwartz and...
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Gossip Girl: Would Ed Westwick Be in a Revival of the CW Series?

Is Chuck Bass making a comeback? Recently, Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick spoke with RadioTimes about a possible revival for the CW TV series.Based on the popular books by Cecily von Ziegesar, the CW drama followed a group of young adults who attend a private school in New York’s Upper East Side. The cast included Westwick, Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Taylor Momsen, Matthew Settle, Kelly Rutherford, and Jessica Szohr.Read More…
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Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage To Develop ‘Calendar Girl’ Books As Cable TV Series

A decade after adapting Cecily von Ziegesar Gossip Girl book series into the successful CW show, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are taking on the Calendar Girl book series. ABC Signature, ABC Studios’ cable division, has optioned Audrey Carlan's steamy 12-book series for Schwartz and Savage’s studio-based Fake Empire to develop for television. Launched last year by Waterhouse Press, Calendar Girl — tipped by USA Today as “the next Fifty Shades” — follows lead…
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From Text to Tube: Why Popular Lit Can Make for Great TV

By Rachel Bennett

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When a book becomes a hit, topping bestseller lists and leaving store shelves vacant, one question always quickly follows: “When will it be turned into a movie?”

Audiences have seen this time and time again, with major examples being Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Lord of the Rings series, among many others.

Adapting literature to film can be a win-win situation, as it provides an original story with a built-in audience that will likely buy tickets come opening day. At the same time, not every book translates to box-office success, with some vehicles being better suited to a smaller medium — like TV.

Creating TV adaptations of beloved literature is not a new phenomenon, but it’s one TV executives should increasingly consider in the face of a disappointing fall season.

Why? Because of all of the new offerings this season, a
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Amazon Unveils Fan Fiction Business With Rights From WB’s Alloy Entertainment

Seattle—(Nasdaq: Amzn)—May 22, 2013—Today, Amazon Publishing announces Kindle Worlds, the first commercial publishing platform that will enable any writer to create fan fiction based on a range of original stories and characters and earn royalties for doing so. Amazon Publishing has secured licenses from Warner Bros. Television Group’s Alloy Entertainment division for its New York Times best-selling book series Gossip Girl, by Cecily von Ziegesar; Pretty Little Liars, by Sara Shepard; and Vampire Diaries, by L.J. Smith; and plans to announce more licenses soon. Through these licenses, Kindle Worlds will allow any writer to publish authorized stories inspired by these popular Worlds and make them available for readers to purchase in the Kindle Store. Amazon Publishing will pay royalties to both the rights holders of the Worlds and the author. The standard author’s royalty rate (for works of at least 10,000 words) will be 35% of net revenue. As
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The Carrie Diaries season premiere: bad clothes, bad hair, bad writing | Emma G Keller

The Carrie Diaries shows a world where the good people are blonde and all the clothes are bad. Unfortunately, so's the script

Two demographics watched The Carrie Diaries at our house. On one side of the couch sat the married middle-aged mom who came of age during the mid-1980s where the new CW show is set. She was able to shout, "Walkman!" and "Madonna!" and "It wasn't like that!!" during the show. That was me.

Curled up alongside, with her iPhone firmly sitting on her lap, was today's female high-school viewer, courted assiduously by the CW network: my teenage daughter. Coming of age in today's world, she was able to shout helpful comments like "He's on Disney!" and "Her hair was better straight!" and "Look away, mom!" during the kissing scenes. As a mother-daughter bonding experience the show couldn't have been better. As television entertainment it couldn't have been worse.
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The Carrie Diaries season premiere: bad clothes, bad hair, bad writing | Emma G Keller

The Carrie Diaries shows a world where the good people are blonde and all the clothes are bad. Unfortunately, so's the script

Two demographics watched The Carrie Diaries at our house. On one side of the couch sat the married middle-aged mom who came of age during the mid-1980s where the new CW show is set. She was able to shout, "Walkman!" and "Madonna!" and "It wasn't like that!!" during the show. That was me.

Curled up alongside, with her iPhone firmly sitting on her lap, was today's female high-school viewer, courted assiduously by the CW network: my teenage daughter. Coming of age in today's world, she was able to shout helpful comments like "He's on Disney!" and "Her hair was better straight!" and "Look away, mom!" during the kissing scenes. As a mother-daughter bonding experience the show couldn't have been better. As television entertainment it couldn't have been worse.
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Gossip Girl

Network: The CW

Episodes: 121 (hour)

Seasons: Six

TV show dates: September 19, 2007 -- December 17, 2012

Series status: Ended

Performers include: Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Taylor Momsen, Ed Westwick, Matthew Settle, Kelly Rutherford, Jessica Szohr, Nicole Fiscella, Zuzanna Szadkowski, Connor Paolo, Robert John Burke, Margaret Colin, Amanda Setton, Sara DeRosa, Yin Chang, Nan Zhang, Dreama Walker, Sam Robards, Francie Swift, Michelle Hurd, John Patrick Amedori, and Kristen Bell.

TV show description: Based on the popular books by Cecily von Ziegesar, this drama series follows a group of young adults who attend a private school in New York's Upper East Side.

Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) is the former "It" girl who returns to New York after leaving suddenly a year earlier. She tries unsuccessfully to revive her close friendship with Blair Waldorf (Leighton
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Ben Lerner: Gossip Girl: Why It's Time for the Final Xoxo

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Ben Lerner: Gossip Girl: Why It's Time for the Final Xoxo
When The CW's teen drama Gossip Girl leapt onto television screens in 2007, it served the purpose indicated by its title. Simply put, it made millions of girls gossip. The chief, but not sole, demographic was high school females, who buzzed about the "scandalous lives of Manhattan's elite." The program, based on a Cecily von Ziegesar's bestselling book series of the same name, revolved around the privileged prep school students on the Upper East Side, and the titular character -- an omniscient, anonymous blogger who chronicles their very public lives. The show's stars -- notably Blake Lively -- skyrocketed to fame.

Now in its sixth and final season, Gossip Girl has, most would admit, fallen from grace. While it was never a lauded Emmy-winning series, even devoted fans note the superiority of the scandal depicted in the first two seasons, when the characters were in their final years of private high school.
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Sneak Peek The Final Season Of "Gossip Girl"

Sneak Peek a new teaser clip from the sixth and final TV season of CW's "Gossip Girl", premiering October 8, 2012. "Gossip Girl" is based on the teen book series by author Cecily von Ziegesar, developed for television by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage :

 "...following the lives of privileged young adults on Manhattan's Upper East Side in New York City, 'Gossip Girl', began with the return of Upper East Side 'It' girl, 'Serena van der Woodsen' (Blake Lively) from a mysterious stay at a boarding school in Cornwall, Connecticut..."

Cast also includes Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, Kaylee DeFer, Michelle Trachtenberg, Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Gossip Girl"...
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TCA 2012: 'Gossip Girl' Heads to Style in Off-Network Acquisition

TCA 2012: 'Gossip Girl' Heads to Style in Off-Network Acquisition
Style has snagged off-network rights to Gossip Girl, the network announced Wednesday. Episodes, starting from the pilot, will begin airing on the female-skewing cable network starting Aug. 15 from 8-11 p.m. and will continue airing every Wednesday. An all-day Labor Day marathon has also been scheduled for Sept. 3. From executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage and based on the novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, Gossip Girl follows an omnipresent blogger who uncovers and fuels every scandal on the Upper East Side through texts and blog entries. The CW drama will enter its final

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Gossip Girl To End After Upcoming Sixth Series

Gossip Girl To End After Upcoming Sixth Series
Hit TV drama Gossip Girl's upcoming sixth season will be its last.

The teen show, based on author Cecily von Ziegesar's book series of the same name, debuted in the U.S. in 2007 and quickly became a global phenomenon, making stars of its lead cast members Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick and Penn Badgley.

But executives at The CW network, where the drama airs in America, have announced the programme will draw to a close after a shortened 11-episode sixth season hits screens this autumn.

In a statement to UsMagazine.com, show bosses reveal the final storyline will revolve around an unstable Serena van der Woodsen, the New York socialite played by Lively: "Serena has gone off the grid, beyond even the reach of Gossip Girl. Her friends fear for the worst and hope for the best, but even they can't imagine where they will ultimately find her."

'Gossip Girl' Cast and Producers Reflect on the CW Drama's Road to 100 Episodes

'Gossip Girl' Cast and Producers Reflect on the CW Drama's Road to 100 Episodes
This story first appeared in the Feb. 3 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. When the CW launched in 2006, both its name and mission were something of a mystery. Formed from the ashes of the defunct Upn and The WB networks, the joint venture of CBS Corp. and Warner Bros. was desperately seeking programming that would not only lure younger viewers but also create an identity for its brand. Gossip Girl became that show. Based on Cecily von Ziegesar's young-adult books, the show centered on a circle of uber-privileged, impossibly attractive prep school students on Manhattan's Upper

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'Gossip Girl' Creator Reveals Reality of 'Young Adult'

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After watching Charlize Theron in "Young Adult," we just had to know – do all Ya authors chug that much Diet Coke and rip their dialogue from conversations overheard in fast food restaurants?

So we went right to the source and asked "Gossip Girl" and "The It Girl" scribe Cecily von Ziegesar to be a guest blogger and give us the skinny on just how realistic Theron's performance really was...

The more I think about Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody's excellent new film, "Young Adult," the more creeped out I get.

Never mind Charlize Theron's mindblowing performance. Never mind the tense, über-embarrassing moments when her character, Mavis Gary, attempts to hit on her old high school sweetheart Buddy Wade (Patrick Wilson), who is now happily married and a new dad. Never mind Mavis’s heavy drinking (Diet Coke in the a.m., bourbon in the p.m.), compulsive hair picking,
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'Gossip Girl' scoop: Bosses planning on another season. Plus, the cast teases big moments in 100th episode

'Gossip Girl' scoop: Bosses planning on another season. Plus, the cast teases big moments in 100th episode
Spotted: The cast and crew of Gossip Girl partying it up at Cipriani on Wall Street in New York in honor of the show’s 100th episode, which airs Jan. 30. But fans also have reason to celebrate: While the show has yet to be officially picked up for another season, Gossip Girl executive producers told to EW just prior to the bash that they believe a sixth season is imminent — and are planning accordingly.

“We’ve had no one saying to us, ‘Wrap it up. This is the last season.’ So we’re not as such,” said Ep Joshua Safran,
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Who is Gossip Girl, what is Starbuck and where is Tony Soprano?

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We reveal the questions that television must answer

Dynasty

How did the entire Carrington family survive being mown down in a hail of bullets?

At the end of season five of 80s mega-soap Dynasty, all the major characters got caught up in a military coup in Moldavia in the middle of a royal wedding. An estimated five gunmen burst in and riddled the room with sustained automatic weapon fire for 20 seconds. So that's five AK47s releasing a spray of 1,000 bullets, yet they still only managed to kill two minor characters and contrived to completely miss the other approximately 58 guests. Even allowing for the ammo-repelling capabilities of shoulder pads and Elnett, that's outrageous. It's like they just did it as some big stunt cliffhanger and completely ignored basic ballistics.

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Who is Gossip Girl?

It's the mystery that's lingered through all five seasons of the spiky teen drama: who is Gossip Girl?
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'Gossip Girl' ad mocks lack of Jewish characters

'Gossip Girl' ad mocks lack of Jewish characters
“There aren’t many Jewish people on Gossip Girl …” begins a new ad for The CW’s veteran drama.

Tonight’s episode has the Gg crew celebrating Yom Kippur in their own irrepressible style. Granted, the High Holiday was a couple weeks ago, but naturally the socialite crowd is fashionably late. Check out this EW first look teeing up tonight’s episode (the shofar joke is great):

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Gossip Girl’ Ep talks ‘Sleep No More’ episode

Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer’: Cecily von Ziegesar on the gory reimagining of her original novel
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'Gossip Girl' scoop: Ep talks special 'Sleep No More' episode, 'surprising romantic twists' -- Exclusive

'Gossip Girl' scoop: Ep talks special 'Sleep No More' episode, 'surprising romantic twists'  -- Exclusive
Gossip Girl is going to the theater — but not to just any show.

A very special Nov. 14 episode will find the gang attending Sleep No More, the provocative live show that contains elements of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. “It took months to get it together,” executive producer Josh Safran tells EW exclusively of the super-secret filming of the episode. “It was incredible to use their space, their actors… the whole thing. We like to do a masked ball every year, and this just dials it up so many notches. We were very much attuned to keep Sleep No More’s secrets.
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'Gossip Girl' gossip: Is Taylor Momsen returning? Who is Blake Lively seeing now?

And now it's time for a little "Gossip Girl" gossip.

Item #1: During an interview with Hollywire TV, Taylor Momsen said that she's for certain not going to back to the Upper East Side for the 100th episode of "Gossip Girl."

"I'm 100 percent music all the time. I have no idea what's going on [with the show]," she says.

And thus concludes any chance of a return of Jenny Humphrey.

Item #2: Blake Lively appears to have moved on her break up with Leonardo DiCaprio. Her new squeeze appears to be none other than her "Green Lantern" co-star Ryan Reynolds, the ex Mr. Scarlett Johannson.

Us Weekly is reporting the two were seen involved in an "affectionate" smooch at Boston's South Station. Reynolds is in Boston filming "R.I.P.D" and Lively is in NYC filming "Gossip Girl."

Item #3: The author of the "Gossip Girl" books on which the TV show
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Gossip Girl Season Five Promo Images Featuring Blake Lively & Elizabeth Hurley

Season Five opens in the City of Angels when a reenergized Chuck and Nate decide to pay Serena a visit. Back home, Blair learns that planning a royal wedding can be a royal pain, and Dan discovers the ramifications of writing candidly about his closest friends. Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series was created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, and premiered on The CW on September 19, 2007. Narrated by the omniscient yet unseen blogger "Gossip Girl", voiced by Kristen Bell, the series revolves around the lives of privileged young adults on Manhattan's Upper East Side in New York City. Season Five Season Four ended with Chuck Bass’s (Ed Westwick) heartbreaking decision to step aside...
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