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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The second to 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.
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).
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, Larissa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Elle (Kate French) is on a date with Carter Baizen (Sebastian Stan) she calls herself Haley. That was the name of Kate's coworker, Bethany Joy Lenz's character when they were both on One Tree Hill.
The producers of the show originally intended for it to be shot in Toronto, Canada. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage refused and fought against that idea, stating that New York City is the star of the show.
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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.
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.
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.