Announced today, WarnerMedia has officially handed out a series order for a new “Gossip Girl” spinoff series, with its 10-episode first season set to air on Warner’s new streaming service, HBO Max.
The news comes seven years after the original TV series, based on the book series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar, ended its six-season run on the CW back in 2012.
Joshua Safran, who was a writer and showrunner on the original “Gossip Girl” series, is set to write and executive produce the new show. Original creators, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, will also serve as executive producers.
Set eight years after the original website went dark, the spinoff will reportedly follow a new generation of New York private school teens as they are introduced for the first time to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. The prestige series will address just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has changed in the intervening years.
HBO Max is set to launch sometime in spring 2020, with a slew of new and original shows already being developed specifically for the platform. This “Gossip Girl” spinoff is just the latest addition to the streaming service’s growing lineup of original content.
There is currently no word on when the spinoff will be debuting on the platform, or if any of the original show’s cast members, which included Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, and Ed Westwick, will have roles in the new series.