The reboot of HBO Max’s “Gossip Girl,” the first five episodes, aimed to get viewers involved in a new Upper East Side generation. While characters from the original TV series were mentioned briefly, they will not be featured in Season 1. Joshua Safran, showrunner of The Daily Beast, stated that there are “some cameos” in Season 1 from characters from the original TV series.
However, these will not be the regular cast members. “We decided early on that these characters would not be accepted by the audience if they were in any way related to the original characters.”
It’s still nodded multiple times to the original players. Episode 4 featured Milo Sparks (the scammer son of Georgina Sparks), the original “Gossip Girl.” Episode 5, titled “Hope Sinks,” featured a cameo by Yin Chang, who was Nelly Yuki, a Constance Billard student, in its predecessor. Fans were shocked at one of the boldest references to “Gossip Girl” that the new character made.
Julien and Zoya dressed up as Dan and Chuck in an impulsive Halloween costume.
Half-sisters Julien Calloway and Zoya Lott (Whitney Peak) were determined to convince the public that they had reconciled after their episode 4 disaster. They had planned to arrive at the “Hulaween Halloween party dressed in coordinated sister costumes. More specifically, they dressed up as Beyonce (via ABC News) and Solange (via ABC News).
Monet, a mean girl played by Sarah Lee Smith, secretly leaked their costume design to panic Julien and Zoya who were desperate for a new look. They borrowed the suits of the boys and snuck in between Pippa (Blake Lively) and Bianca (Pippa) to create their own Halloween costumes. These two characters were the “Gossip Girls” icons Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) & Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively). So Julien and Zoya pretended that they had gotten in on the costume to be Dan Humphrey and Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick).
Since Episode 5, hundreds of people have been discussing the Halloween party storyline in the “Gossip Girls” subreddit. Redditor u/AnteaterPersonal3093 was one of many who got a kick out of Zoya’s impression of Chuck, writing, “I didn’t [know] I miss the line ‘I’m Chuck Bass’ so much until now.” Based on that impression, u/CiceroTheCat joked that Zoya could “have a future in acting.”
Dan is dominating the new Gossip Girl.
Episode 5 was a clever way for the new “Gossip Girls” main characters to reference the old ones without distracting cameos. Because Chuck and Dan were Serena’s major love interests during the original “Gossip girl,” Julien and Zoya insist that they were in a group costume.
This is especially true since the original main characters of this universe are so well-known. Entertainment Tonight’s Joshua Safran, showrunner, stated that the universe is still there in a December 2019 interview. “The characters discuss Serena Blair, Chuck, Dan.”
Safran stated to The Daily Beast that he would be open to bringing back major OG characters for Season 2. Badgley’s return to Dan will be a big deal if that happens. He was the original writer behind Gossip Girl.
He’s been mentioned more than any other original character – Constance Billard St. Jude’s teachers mention him when they created a new Gossip Girl profile. Simon, Zoya’s friend from high school, assumes that she is the new Gossip girl because she, like Dan, is an outsider who can get literary references.
Dan hopes to show the new “Gossip Girl” writers how it’s done, and Chuck will be there.