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'Gossip Girl' premieres tonight: Scoop from the producers!

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It seems like every Monday this summer I’ve been saying the same thing: “I wish Gossip Girl was on.” Not helping were the countless paparazzi photos of the cast filming on location. It was like a big tease! Well, The CW has finally granted my wish. The bitch-tastic teen soap returns tonight at 9pm (new timeslot alert!) for its third season and the characters are movin’ on to college . “Blair is going to find herself a fish out of water on Dan and Vanessa’s turf,” says co-executive producer Stephanie Savage, alluding to the Upper East Side princess matriculating at hipster-friendly NYU. And Dan will become close with movie star and fellow classmate Olivia Burke (guest star Hilary Duff), the star of a major fantasy film franchise (think Emma Watson). “Dan Humphrey being a hysteric Brooklyn snob has never seen any of these movies,” says Savage. Adds co-executive producer Josh Schwartz, “He’s the only person at NYU who doesn’t know who she is.”

And what’s in store for everyone’s favorite GG dandy, Chuck Bass? Apparently not higher education. “When you’re Chuck Bass, you don’t need to go to college,” says Schwartz. “You learn from the streets of life.” Adds Savage, “Chuck’s journey this year, in addition to his relationship with Blair, will be trying to get out from underneath his father’s shadow. Chuck Takes Manhattan.”

I certainly CANNOT wait for GG tonight. What about you PopWatchers? Have you been craving a GG fix as much as I have?