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(2007–2012)

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The Gossip Girl (2007) TV series is based off of the Best Selling Novels "Gossip Girl" written by Cecily von Ziegesar
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William Baldwin, who played Serena van der Woodsen's absentee father, avoided meeting his on-screen daughter Blake Lively until the cameras rolled so that they could have a more realistic, strained relationship.
Every episode title is a word play on the title of a movie.
The CW did not want Ed Westwick to play Chuck Bass, insisting that "He looked more like a serial killer than a romantic lead."
Ed Westwick, who is British, modeled Chuck Bass' American accent on the character Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990).
Leighton Meester had to dye her naturally blonde hair to brunette, merely to audition for the role of Blair Waldorf.
When the show was criticized by the Parent Television Council for being "mind-blowingly inappropriate" and "every parent's nightmare," those exact phrases were in the show's promotional posters.
Kristen Bell, the infamous voice of "Gossip Girl" over the show's entire six-season run, gushed that she wished she had gotten to play "some vicious part and actually come out as Gossip Girl" in the final season of the series.
Blake Lively and Penn Badgley, who played on-screen couple Serena and Dan, dated in real life from 2007 to 2010.
Penn Badgley was on the verge of quitting acting when he was offered the role of Dan Humphrey on this show. He originally turned down the role but was persuaded to join the cast by producer Stephanie Savage.
In the show, Chuck gets a dog and names him "Monkey." In the "Gossip Girl" books, Chuck actually has a pet monkey.
January 26 is officially Gossip Girl Day in New York, declared by then-mayor Michael Bloomberg, who visited the set and praised how it showcased the city.
A spin-off set in the 1980s and focusing on the characters of Lily and Carol Rhodes was planned. The CW passed on the pilot, which was eventually aired as part of the show's second season.
Leighton Meester (Blair Waldorf) and Sebastian Stan (Carter Baizen) dated in real life from 2007 to 2010.
Costume designers modeled Blair's look after Audrey Hepburn and Serena's after Sienna Miller and Kate Moss.
Long before they played star-crossed lovers Dan and Serena, Penn Badgley and Blake Lively were home schooled together as children.
Blake Lively, Leighton Meester and Penn Badgley are the only cast members to appear in every episode (Kristen Bell is heard in every episode, but does not actually appear onscreen until the finale).
The series has become so popular that a tour of Gossip Girl sites has been created in New York City, by the same people who created the Sex and the City (1998) Tour.
When the show first started filming, Taylor Momsen (Jenny) was only 14.
This was one of the first shows whose DVR and iTunes numbers were higher than actual viewing numbers.
Matthew Settle and Kelly Rutherford, who played husband and wife on the show, dated in real life.
Ed Westwick originally auditioned for the role of Nate.
In episode 1 season 1, Eleanor Waldorf's part was played by Florencia Lozano). Margaret Colin joined the series from the second episode and played Eleanor for the remainder of the show.
Originally, Georgina Sparks was offered to Mischa Barton, who turned down the role. Michelle Trachtenberg was then cast as Georgina Sparks.
Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen live at 1136 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10128 in the penthouse. Lily van der Woodsen and her family lived in suites at 455 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022 - otherwise known as the Palace Hotel until moving to the Milan Condominium at 300 East 55th Street, New York, NY.
Blake Lively has a brother named Eric in real life. On Gossip Girl (2007), her character, Serena van der Woodsen, also has brother named "Eric."
The name of Rufus' band, "Lincoln Hawk," is also the name of Sylvester Stallone's character in the movie Over the Top (1987). That movie is mentioned several times as being a cult-classic in The O.C. (2003), the previous show from Josh Schwartz, the creator of this series.
The last song to be played in the series was "You've Got the Love" by Florence and the Machine. The band was a recurring one during the last seasons, a circumstance that made them gain popularity.
Was originally pitched as a feature with Lindsay Lohan as Blair Waldorf & Justin Chatwin set to play Nate Archibald. When that fell through, its backers (who had the rights to the stories) approached Josh Schwartz about turning it into a series.
Headmistress Queller was named after writer/producer Jessica Queller.
In Season 2, Serena is shown to have a Myspace profile, where she posts photos of her trip to Buenos Aires. ( Her user name is ServdW.)
The character of Lily van der Woodsen was originally named Darla, until the writers changed it at the last moment.
Blake Lively was fitted for Serena's wedding dress the day after her actual wedding to Ryan Reynolds.
Casting director David Rapaport revealed the network initially pitched Ashley Olsen and Rumer Willis for Blair and Serena, respectively. They ended up going with Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, much lesser-known at the time, as the team felt they really captured the essence of the show.
There is a Turkish remake of "Gossip Girl" named Küçük Sirlar (2010).
A fan once snuck onto the set at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and was mistaken for an extra.
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Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the 'Gossip Girl' books, liked all the silver-screen adaptations of her characters except Vanessa. In the book she is bald and wears all black.
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Since most fans could not afford to buy the high-end designer brands that the characters wore, costume designer Eric Daman teamed up with Christine Cybelle (aka Charlotte Russe) to create a Gossip Girl-inspired line.
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The Empire Hotel that Chuck owned is a real hotel. After fans swarmed the hotel, the bar at The Empire started serving Gossip Girl-themed cocktails, including an "XOXO" cocktail with secret ingredients that they'll never tell.
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This show was re-adapted for the Spanish audience as Gossip Girl: Acapulco (2013). Premiering on August 5, 2013, the show ended on September 6, 2013 with no second season renewal. The first and only season consisted of twenty-five episodes.
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The show's beginning date took place, chronologically, after it was aired. The show aired in Canada on September 18, 2007 and aired in the U.S. on September 19, 2007. The show starts on Wednesday September 23, 2007 and ends on Saturday September 26, 2007. Thus, all dates in the Pilot fall after their air date.
There was a rumor that Jenny was going to have a spin-off show when she went to boarding school, but instead, Taylor Momsen left the show to pursue her music career.
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There was a mini-series of webisodes starring Zuzanna Szadkowski, called "Chasing Dorota," about Dorota and her friendship with Nate's British housekeeper, Jane, and Chuck's Russian housekeeper, Larussa.
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Producers spent anywhere from $10,000 to $60,000 per day for filming locations in New York City.
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The failed pilot for a spin-off of Lily and her sister, which would have starred Brittany Snow as a younger Lily, would have also contained younger versions of characters from The O.C. (2003), which was also produced by Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, linking the two worlds.
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Costume designer Eric Daman previously won an Emmy for his costume design on Sex and the City (1998).
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There was a possible spin-off, but it did not go ahead.
Blair's email is "blairwaldorf@constancebillard.org."
A Manga version of the Gossip Girl book series exists.
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After the New York Magazine Reality Index (a recap that rated the accuracy of NYC locations and character behavior) pointed out the Dumbo-Williamsburg confusion, the producers responded that after the pilot, the Humphreys simply say they live in Brooklyn.
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After they left the palace, the van der Woodsens moved to the Milan Condominium building at 300 East 55th St., which is a real building. A Three-bedroom penthouse at the Milan Condominiums is listed for $6.8 million (as at 2016).
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Connor Paolo attended acting school with Gossip Girl (2007) co-star Taylor Momsen and Modern Family (2009)'s Sarah Hyland.
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Connor Paolo did not have a dramatic on-screen exit, but his off-screen exit was quite shady. He left Gossip Girl (2007) with short notice for a role on Revenge (2011) and said he could not imagine a scenario that would have brought him back.
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Serena's (Blake Lively) full name is Serena Celia van der Woodsen. The author of the book series is named Cecily von Ziegesar.
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The exterior shots of the Humphrey loft are shot in Dumbo, but the pilot episodes mentions that they live in Williamsburg.
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The Humphrey's address, which is given as 455 Water St., is actually the address of a park in lower Manhattan.
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At the beginning of the show, Serena and Chuck both live at 455 Madison Ave. (aka The Palace Hotel).
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Many of the cast, crew, and writers read the Reality Index religiously, and things like Serena's notorious Cleavage Rhombus kept reappearing in the show.
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The location that was used for Constance Billard is actually the Museum of the City of New York.
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There are several times in Season 4, during Blair's engagement/wedding to Prince Louis, where Cyrus (Wallace Shawn) refers to Blair (Leighton Meester) as "The Princess Bride." Wallace Shawn) played Vizzini in the movie The Princess Bride (1987).
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Greta Gerwig discussed on HuffPost Live how she auditioned for the role of Eva Coupeau and her subsequent embarrassment at having worn overalls to the audition.
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In Season 6, Episode 1 "Gone Maybe Gone," Blair states that Serena is "not country strong." Leighton Meester (Blair) was in the movie Country Strong (2010).
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The steps of the Met can actually be sat on.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The writers and producers always intended for Chuck and Blair to end up together.
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Penn Badgley did not know that Dan was "Gossip Girl" until right before that scene was shot.
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Dan was almost revealed to be "Gossip Girl" in the pilot episode. In a test screening, audiences assumed that Dan was "GG" because of a shot where he is typing as the voice-over happens, so the scene was edited.
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In the final episode, it is revealed that Jenny and Blair finally mended their friendship. Jenny carries a "J by Waldorf" bag, which producer Stephanie Savage revealed that meant she had her own line with Blair's company.
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