‘Gossip Girl’ reboot canceled by HBO Max after 2 seasons

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Gossip Girl‘s return will not extend beyond the current second season. HBO Max has opted not to order a third season of the reboot, with the upcoming Season 2 season finale set to serve as the series finale on January 26.

The new Gossip Girl iteration was developed by Joshua Safran from the best-selling novels by Cecily von Ziegesar and the original hit CW show developed by Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, who co-produced the reboot with showrunner Safran.

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“We are very grateful to showrunner/executive producer Joshua Safran and executive producers Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz for bringing us back to the Upper East Side and all the scandals at Constance Billard,” HBO Max said in a statement. “While we are not going forward with a third season of Gossip Girl, we thank them for the seductive love triangles, calculated underhandedness and impeccable fashion that brought this series to a new audience.

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The follow-up got off to a flying start in July 2021, setting a record at the time as HBO Max’s most-watched opening weekend for an original series. It received an early Season 2 renewal ahead of its Season 1B premiere in November 2021. Despite the great initial interest sparked by fans of the original series, the follow-up failed to capture the zeitgeist like the 2007 CW show- 12. The second season fared better with critics than the first, earning a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes versus 69% for Season 1.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I must announce that Gossip Girl will not continue on HBO Max,” Safran said in a message to fans Thursday morning. “Thanks for watching, and I hope you tune into the finale next Thursday to see how it all comes together. xoxo”

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Safran, who also worked on the CW series before helming the reboot, hinted that this may not be the end for the Gossip Girl franchise.

“A big thank you to all the GG fans around the world. You are the reason we came back in the first place, and who knows, maybe the reason we will meet again. Lots of love,” he wrote.

While HBO Max’s slate has been cleared over the past six months as part of company-wide cost-cutting, Gossip Girl’The show’s cancellation is not considered a financial decision, but as a result of the show not being able to break through like HBO Max’s revival of another YA series, Liarsfor example did.

The new Gossip Girl follows a new generation of New York private school teens who are introduced to the social oversight of Gossip Girl. The series explores how much social media – and the landscape of New York itself – has changed in the intervening years. The reboot, featuring a diverse cast and queer storytelling, just garnered a GLAAD Award nomination.

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The series stars Jordan Alexander, Eli Brown, Thomas Doherty, Tavi Gevinson, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Zion Moreno, Whitney Peak, Savannah Lee Smith, Johnathan Fernandez, Adam Chanler-Berat, Todd Almond, Laura Benanti, Grace Duah and Megan Ferguson. Kristen Bell from the original series is back as the narrator.

Gossip Girl is produced by Fake Empire and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and TBEN Studios. The series is written, executive produced and developed by Safran of Random Acts. Also executive producers are Schwartz and Savage of Fake Empire, and Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo of Alloy Entertainment. Fake Empire’s Lis Rowinski serves as co-executive producer.

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