“Gossip Girl” Revival Scores Season 2 Order at HBO Max

Zión Moreno, Savannah Lee Smith, and Jordan Alexander in HBO's
Zión Moreno, Savannah Lee Smith, and Jordan Alexander in HBO's "Gossip Girl"

Gossip Girl revival received an early renewal at HBO Max after making a strong impression with a six-episode run back in July. The news was announced via the show’s official Twitter page.

The first part of season one saw the Gossip Girl revival having the best launch for an HBO Max original series in 2021. The second part of season one is set to debut in November.

The original Gossip Girl had a six-season run on The CW between 2007 and 2012. The series was based on a novel written by Cecily von Ziegesar and followed a group of privileged teens living in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The viewers learned about their deepest secrets through narration provided by a mysterious blogger, who was voiced by Kristen Bell.

HBO Max’s Gossip Girl revival has the same formula and setting as the original, but follows a group of different characters. Bell returned as a narrator while Josh Schwartz, who created The CW’s show, serves as a producer. The series stars Jordan Alexander, Whitney Peak, Tavi Gevinson, Eli Brown, and Thomas Doherty in the lead roles.

While the revival was a hit among the HBO Max audience, the critics didn’t share the same opinion. The first batch of episodes was almost universally panned, holding a 38 percent approval on the review-aggregation website and being described as an “ambitious misfire.”