Narrated by David Bushman, Television and Mass Media Curator for The Paley Center
HBO Max rebooted Gossip Girl with a new cast except for the narrator Kristen Bell in 2021, and it's already been renewed for a second season. But the sequel has a lot to live up to and not just in the fashion world. New York magazine called the original “the greatest teen drama of all time” gushing over how the “delectable tangle of jealousy, loyalty, confusion, and general teen angst coils and recoils at such a frenetic pace.” The original series almost didn’t happen. Warner Brothers initially planned to adapt the young adult novels it was based on into a movie written by Gilmore Girls’ Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Lindsay Lohan, and even once it got the green light it would've been a completely different show. Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for the role of “Serena” but lost out to Blake Lively, and the producers had to fight the network to film the show in New York rather than LA.