Wondering whether Leighton Meester would be watching the reboot of the show that made her a household name? Same. Well, fortunately for both of us, Meester's partner Adam Brody (aka Seth Cohen from fellow teen drama The OC) answered that very question.
Speaking with The Wall Street Journal – a strange choice for a yarn about GG but OK – Brody admitted that while he and Meester probably wouldn't be full-on bingeing the new series, they'd definitely be up for catching a few eps.
"I highly doubt we'll watch it front to back," he said. "I don't think we're the audience, but I'm sure we'll dip our toes in." Adam added that shows like The Crown and David Fincher's biographical drama Mank are more their cup of tea. And, given they're now in their 30s and 40s, we get it.
Back in November, production on the reboot series by HBO Max (but set to stream locally on Binge) was spotted on the steps of NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Naturally, the first pics of the reboot sparked some mixed feelings from the OG show's dedicated fans. While some said they were excited for the reboot, most seemed to have little faith it would be as good as the original.
"Stop trying to do remakes of everything! We do not need another Gossip Girl! I love the original!! Geez," one fan wrote. "Chanel vs Walmart," another added alongside a side-by-side of Meester as Blair Waldorf and the new cast.
While we're yet to know much about the reboot's plotline; last year screenwriter Joshua Safran (who worked as an exec producer on the first five seasons of the OG show) said the update would do more to reflect the demographic realities of NYC teens.
"This time around the leads are non-white," he said. "There's a lot of queer content on this show. 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."
And oooh yes, we love a good plot twist. Especially when it's got some diversity. XOXO.
Written by Sangeeta Kocharekar, an American-born, Sydney-based writer at MTV. Photos from her pre-COVID-19 days as a travel writer are here.