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Greetings, Upper East Siders. Gossip Girl is back, and a new generation of New York elites grace HBO Max and the steps of the Met. Taking place 8 years after the cult series ended ... 

... the reboot introduces a new group of private-school teens, picking up on how social media and NYC have changed since the original show. (Out now!)

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Don’t expect to see the OG cast: "We made a decision early on ... that the audience would never accept these characters if they were in the shadow of the original characters," creator Joshua Safran told The Daily Beast

“Did you miss me?
I know I’ve missed you.”

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While the characters (and drama) stay true to the original, the show’s creators made it a point to cast non-white leads and feature queer stories, picking up on how social media and New York has changed while continuing to focus on wealth and privilege. 

“Something’s different… in the best way.” 

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It is very much dealing with the way the world looks now, where wealth and privilege come from, and how you handle that. The thing I can’t say is there is a twist, and that all relates to the twist.” 

executive producer and original Gossip Girl writer 

Joshua Safran

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When wealthy newcomer Zoya Lott (Whitney Peak) joins the world fray, things quickly begin to change amongst the close-knit social circle. Throw in the looming threat of “Gossip Girl," and things quickly begin to unravel for Manhattan’s private school elites.

“There’s a big secret amongst the ruling class at Constance Billard.”

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New characters include Julien "Influence" Calloway (Jordan Alexander), Monet "Power" de Haan (Savannah Smith), Luna "Style" La (Zión Moreno), Max "Freedom" Wolfe (Thomas Doherty), Audrey "Grace" Hope (Emily Alind), and Kate "Ambition" Keller (Tavi Genvison), and Safran was sure to use a close friend’s step-daughter as a Manhattan private school source. 

“I’m not just known.
I’m influential.”

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